Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Becoming involved in a research project allows students to gain hands on experience working. Look over the research opportunities in Human Development and Family Studies that are available for students to participate in for research credit.


Research Opportunities


Developmental Studies Laboratory

Developmental Studies Laboratory logoThe Developmental Studies Laboratory at Purdue University is recruiting undergraduate research assistants. With Dr. A. J. Schwichtenberg, students will become an integral component of a longitudinal study assessing early autism identification via early social, physiological, and emotion regulation.

Duties may include: reading research articles, writing experience reflections, coding videos, video-recording laboratory visits, learning and preparing materials for standardized developmental assessments (e.g., Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Mullen Scales of Early Learning), preparing physiological recording equipment, coding physiological data, etc.

Professional Development Opportunities may include: research experience for your vita or resume, data for the Purdue Undergraduate Research and Poster Symposium, graduate application mentoring, a letter of recommendation for graduate school, and joining team presentations at national and international conferences (e.g., Society for Research in Child Development).

The positions are available (10 hours per week) for a one calendar-year experience. Please send a cover letter and your current vita/resume to A.J. Schwichtenberg, PhD at ajschwichtenberg@purdue.edu.


Military Family Research Institute

Military Family Research Institute

The Family Journeys study is following military families over time as they go through a deployment cycle. We are conducting telephone interviews about daily interactions in families, and we are coding data from videorecorded family interactions including both parents and children. We welcome involvement of undergraduate or graduate students seeking a minimum of three 390 or 590 credits; 10 hours of work per week would be expected.

Please send a cover letter and resume to Research Director David Topp at dtopp@purdue.edu.


Preschool Math and Language Study


Are you looking to gain first-hand experience working with young children in preschool? Drs. Purpura (HDFS) and Hollich (PSY) are conducting a study to examine the connections between early language and math development in preschool children and are recruiting undergraduate students to be a part of this project for HDFS 390 or PSY 390 credit. This project will involve the assessment of preschool students’ math, language, and cognitive skills in the local West Lafayette and Lafayette school settings.

If interested, please send an email to Dr. David Purpura (purpura@purdue.edu) and include your CV/resume and an unofficial copy of your transcript.

Requirements: (1) minimum GPA of 3.0, (2) pass a background check, (3) access to reliable transportation, and (4) available at least two or three days per week from 9am-12am is preferred.


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