Research Assistants Needed for iPRACTISE Project to Develop and Test Innovative Digital Educational Tools

Motivated undergraduate students are encouraged to apply research positions with the Individualized Pathways and Resources to Adaptive Control Theory-Inspired Scientific Education (iPRACTISE) project under the supervision of Dr. Sy-Miin Chow (Department of Human Development and Family Studies) and Dr. Dennis Pearl (Department of Statistics) on Penn State University Park campus.

We are seeking undergraduate research assistants to contribute to the work in the iPRACTISE team and gain valuable research experience in the process. Students who are interested in development and testing of innovative digital solutions to education, and working with an interdisciplinary team are encouraged to contact us. Research assistants will receive academic independent study credits and are expected to commit to a minimum of 3 hours per week including weekly lab meetings, for a minimum of 2 semesters. All members of our team are expected to be responsible, reliable, highly motivated, and to contribute to the lab's success. Students will work independently as well as with other team members.

      University Park
      Work Setting(s): 
      On campus, Remote
      Description of responsibilities: 

      What do undergraduate research assistants do in the lab? Here some examples:

      • Program and edit item bank for adaptive tests
      • Assist with coordination of participant recruitment, payment, and follow-up interviews
      • Learn and practice data management and analysis skills
      • Collaborate on building and managing digital training resources on topics related to statistics, mathematics, and data science
      • Create content for our project website and on social media account to highlight our research
      Minimum Qualifications: 
      • Commit to work at least 3 hours per week
      • Commit to at least one year with the team (fall and spring semesters)
      • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
      • A minimum GPA of 3.4
      • Attention to detail and commitment to high quality work
      Opportunity Timeframe(s): 
      Summer, Academic Year, On-going
      Position Type(s): 
      Credit, Volunteer
      Number of positions available: 
      Application Procedure: 

      Please email me at

      Requested Materials: 

      Please include your resume/CV, a description of why you are interested in this position, as well as a summary or your strengths and skills that you would contribute to the work of the lab.

      Posting Date: 
      Friday, September 3, 2021
      Last Updated: 
      September 3, 2021