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.

2014 Recipients 

In 2014 we received over 65 applications in total. The 11 projects below received the maximum individual funding available under this assistantship. They are as follows:

Dr Rachel Arnold (University of Bath) received support to fund an Assistantship for Axel Vittersø and his project: ‘A Longitudinal Assessment of Organizational Stress in Elite Athletes.’

Professor James Elander (University of Derby) received support to fund an Assistantship for Ada Dys and her project ‘Pain, anxiety and analgesic dependence: a mixed methods study.’

Professor Glenn Waller (University of Sheffield) received support to fund an Assistantship for Anna Kolesnik and her project: ‘The relationship between risk taking behaviours and anxiety during adolescence and adulthood.’

Dr Ruth Filik (University of Nottingham) received support to fund an Assistantship for Hannah Elizabeth Howman for her project: ‘Using eye-tracking to investigate how we understand sarcasm.’

Dr Steve Brown (University of Liverpool) received support to fund an Assistantship for Rachel Smith and her project: ‘Does body weight predict memorability for and appetitive response to television food advertisements.’

Professor Caroline Rowland (University of Liverpool) received support to fund an Assistantship for Katie Brewin and her project: ‘Testing the validity and reliability of a new language monitoring and assessment tool: The BabyTalk app.’

Dr Charity Brown & Dr Faisal Mushtaq (University of Leeds) received support to fund an Assistantship for Katie Leanne Thompson and her project: ‘The neural genesis of pathological risk appetite.’

Dr Lois Grayson (Durham University) received support to fund an Assistantship for Rachel Norris and her project: ‘Trait characteristics and sensory mechanisms associated with severe eating-related symptoms in patients with eating disorders (pilot).’

Dr Ashok Jansari (University of East London) received support to fund an Assistantship for Victoria Jefferies and her project: ‘Investigating executive impairments in children with atypical development (Autism Spectrum Disorder & Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) using a novel ecologically-valid virtual reality assessment of executive functions.’

Dr Chao-Hwa (Josephine) Chen-Wilson (University of Wolverhampton) received support to fund an Assistantship for Victoria Theobald and her project: ‘Exploring the jumping to conclusions bias in children and adolescents.’

Dr Georgina Randsley de Moura (University of Kent) received support to fund an Assistantship for Fatima Tresh and her project: ‘It’s a man's world: Gender as a boundary condition of preference for potential.’

Past recipients 

Other Society awards

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