Prospective Graduate Students
Study as an industrial/organizational psychologist-in-training in TNTLAB is a highly rewarding experience, in terms of both your academic and financial future. You will gain:
- Expertise in the application of technology to understand workplace assessment, learning, and research methods
- Successful presentations at international conferences
- Publications in peer-reviewed journals
- Research design skills and experience
- Leadership skills and experience
- Writing/editing skills and experience
- Presentation skills and experience
- Connections to an enthusiastic network of I/O psychologists, including alumni plus unique academic and industry connections
- A group of friends and mentors that will stick with you for the rest of your I/O career
If you’d like to learn more about what ODU has to offer or to apply, click here to open the ODU Ph.D. recruitment website.
Prospective Undergraduate Research Assistants (URAs)
URAs may be involved in projects like:
- Determining how well people can be hired using their Facebook profiles
- Using Big Data techniques to learn about people’s personalities and abilities from content they’ve created on the Internet
- Designing “gamification” interventions to turn regular work processes into games
- Identifying how much control an online learner should have over their own learning
URAs in TNTLab work closely with supervising graduate students. Tasks vary widely by project but may include:
- Collecting data from research participants
- Serving as a confederate (pretending/acting in the context of a research study)
- Recruiting research participants
- Helping to design research studies
- Assisting with preparation of research article manuscripts and conference submissions
- Conducting background research
- Reading and making judgments about data (i.e., coding)
Skills, experiences, and other benefits you may gain by working as a URA for TNTLab:
- Specific research skills (see above)
- Specific research experiences for your personal statement (a critical part of your graduate school application)
- Time management and organizational skills
- Self-confidence in yourself as a researcher
- Preparation for graduate school
- Letters of recommendation
There are three different levels of involvement as an URA:
- As a volunteer, you need to work at least 5 hours per week, but the schedule is flexible. You’ll get some research experience without a high degree of commitment, which is a good way to get your feet wet.
- For credits as a topics course, you need to commit to at least 10 hours per week, attend all lab meetings, give a presentation to the lab about your projects, and write a research paper on your projects. You’ll do this in the context of a 3-credit elective Psychology course. This is more structured and more of a commitment than volunteer work, but you get more experience.
- For credits in Supervised Research, which looks great on your transcript for graduate school applications, you need to have already completed the topics course as well as PSYC 318W. You’ll run a semi-independent project with the potential for your own scholarly presentation and publication, which is even more impressive in your applications. The downside: it’s a lot more work.
If you’re interested in these opportunities, contact Dr. Landers using the email link at the top of the page.