If you are making first contact with a particular faculty member, you could do this by:
- stopping by his/her office for a chat (ask - Is now is a good time?) and/or to request an appointment to discuss your request at a later time
- call to book an appointment to discuss your request
- send an email message to the individual about your interest in an RA position.
Offer information regarding your background and interests. For example:
- reasons for wanting to gain research experience
- the program that you are enrolled in (e.g., General versus Honours, BA versus BSc, Coop versus Regular, etc.) year of study
- cumulative overall and psychology average (highlight improvement if applicable)
- grades for research methods and statistics courses
- educational and career goals
- volunteer/work experience
- why you are interested in working in that particular individual's lab e.g.,
- did you take a course with him/her previously?
- have you read articles that he/she wrote?
- does his/her interests relate to your interests for studies at the graduate level and/or future employment?
- were you referred by someone and why?
- what type of position are you seeking e.g., volunteer for academic credit, volunteer for no academic credit, part-time or full-time paid research assistant (RA) position. If requesting a paid RA position but would accept a volunteer position if necessary, include that information.
I hope this tips can help you. Best of luck!