Society award leads to research opportunity

Our Undergraduate Research Assistant Award

A University of Hertfordshire academic has been able to employ a promising second-year undergraduate during the summer vacation thanks to an award from the Society.

Dr Liz Kirk from the university’s school of psychology has received an Undergraduate Research Assistant Award which she is using to employ Emily Stears as a research assistant on a project entitled “An exploration of the relationship between symbolic gesture and pretend play in infancy”.

As well as employing an undergraduate, Dr Kirk is also employing a recent psychology graduate as a research assistant.  Through a new research grant funded by the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust, Lisa Wheatley will work on a four-month research project entitled “The relationship between symbolic gesture, maternal mind-mindedness and theory of mind”.

Dr Kirk says: “These research grants provide a fantastic opportunity for enthusiastic and capable students to be involved in research projects.  It gives them the chance to gain an insight into scientific research and consider it as a career.  And it really gives their CVs a distinctive edge.”

You can read more about the Undergraduate Research Assistant Award and our many other awards and grants on this website.