Undergraduate Research Assistantship Scheme

Awards will be made to researchers (not directly to the student) to allow them to provide an undergraduate with 'hands-on' experience of research during the summer vacation, to gain an insight into scientific research and to encourage them to consider an academic career.

The scheme is a prestigious award that marks out a student as a future researcher and potential academic. It is hoped that the senior researcher, to whom the award is made, will develop the student's potential and interest in research.

  • Applicants must be members of the Society who are active psychology researchers employed by a UK HEI, who may then appoint an undergraduate student who is finishing the penultimate year of their degree to become their Research Assistant in the summer break before the start of the final year of their degree.
  • To be eligible to receive a Research Assistantship award, students must be completing a Society accredited undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in psychology; be considering research as a career; be expecting to achieve a 2.1 or a 1st class degree; and be finishing the penultimate year of their degree and due to start their final year following the completion of the project.
  • The award provides a student stipend at a weekly rate of £200, for a 6-8 week project.

Further details, including the full criteria and an application form, can be obtained from the Board Administrator.

Applications for the 2014 award have now closed.  The award for 2015 will open in November.

To find out more about how the scheme works in practice, take a look at Diving into the thick of things - an article that was published in the Careers section of the November 2009 edition of The Psychologist.

2013 winners

This year we received over 60 applications in total. The 12 successful projects will receive the maximum individual funding available under this assistantship. They are as follows:

Dr Kate Bennett (University of Liverpool) received support to fund an Assistantship for Marianne Erskine-Shaw with her project: ‘Does intoxication influence environmental effects on drinking behaviour?’

Dr Victoria Bourne (Royal Holloway) received support to fund an Assistantship with Domicele Jonauskaite for her project: ‘Exploring the neuropsychological processing of emotion and mood in mothers during and after pregnancy: A longitudinal study.’

Dr Lucy Cragg (University of Nottingham) received support to fund an Assistantship with Sarah Maddison for her project: ‘The development of cognitive control in the social domain.’

Dr Katherine Berry (University of Manchester) received support to fund an Assistantship forIsabelle Butcher for her project: ‘The impact of a ward based intervention on violence and aggression in people with psychosis: a case note review.’

Professor Susan Wilkinson (Loughborough University) received support to fund an Assistantship with Kathrina Connabeer for her project: ‘Anger, conflict and disagreements in calls to a child protection helpline.’

Katie Slocombe (University of York) received support to fund an Assistantship with Lauren Hogan for her project: ‘Is it just apes that ape? An investigation of social learning in parrots.’

Mhairi Bowe & Viv Brunsden (Nottingham Trent University) received support to fund an Assistantship with Holly Walton for their project: ‘An exploration of place identity, memory and well-being in individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease.’

Dr Margaret Martin (University of Glasgow) received support to fund an Assistantship with Rusne Kuliesiute for her project: ‘Sleepless in Scotland: How do patterns of sleep disruption interact with mood and paranoia?’

Dr Richard Stephens (Keele University) received support to fund an Assistantship with Amy Zile for his project: ‘Swearing as emotional language.’

Dr Niall Galbraith (University of Wolverhampton) received support to fund an Assistantship with Jodie Betham for his project: ‘Adolescents’ misconceptions of psychology and the relationship with help-seeking.’

Dr Nadja Heym (University of Nottingham) received support to fund an Assistantship with Sarah Olin for her project: ‘ Individual differences in reinforcement sensitivity as underlying mechanism in decision-making and risk-taking behaviour in children.’

Dr Myra Cooper (University of Oxford) received support to fund an Assistantship with Alexandra Pike for her project: ‘The influence of a single dose of fluoxetine on anger processing in healthy volunteers


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