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Tips for getting into psychology labs?

I'm an undergraduate right now, and I've heard it's essential to have lab experience to get into Ph.D programs. What kinds of things should I put on a resume to get accepted into these labs? How should I go about contacting the directors of the labs? I'm okay playing politics in these situations as long as I can still do so professionally. Thanks in advance!

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Linda Ann’s Answer

Simple: make an appointment to speak with the respective researchers at your local institution. Make sure you know what they are involved with before making that appointment by reviewing their respective websites at your institution.

IF you've been in one of the researcher's courses, that makes it all the easier to strike up a conversation. Make sure you know what your skill set is, currently, e.g., data analysis...

Good luck.
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Jenni’s Answer

Hi Alexandra,

Many undergraduate lab professors are not looking for specific items on your resume, but rather a mindset. I started my undergraduate research with no prior experience. I would send emails to the professors whose work is interesting to you, and see if they have any undergraduate positions open that you could apply to.

Another great way to get involved is to find out how you can participate in undergraduate and graduate experiments at your university. By experiencing what it's like to be on the other side, you'll have a greater understanding of academic research processes as well. This is a great way to get in contact with researchers and professors, who you can then explore opportunities with.

Cheers,
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