Undergraduate

**We are not accepting new students at this time.**

Undergraduate students are required to commit to a minimum of two years for training and research.

Undergraduates may pursue:

  • Research for credit (PSYCH 499, NBB 499, or departmental equivalent) – 10+ hours
  • Volunteer (8+ hours)
  • Federal work study (10-20 hours; see http://studentaid.emory.edu/types/fws/index.html) – coming Fall 2018
  • Honors thesis (10+ hours)
  • Independent Study/Research (10+ hours)

To apply for an undergraduate research assistant (URA) position, complete the lab application and contact Dr. Rohan Palmer. 

All lab members are required to attend a weekly lab seminar/journal club and a separate lab business meeting. Students are responsible for completing assigned readings in preparation for these meetings.

All undergraduates start off as lab trainees. We require 2+ years because any student interested in contributing to our research in a substantive way (analyses, collection, etc), must first undergo training in ethics, behavior genetics methods, and statistics. The following year will involve project-specific learning (e.g. directed reading, related academic courses, psych/NBB 499, tasks that support prospective individual projects). Time in the lab culminates with advanced statistical methods and independent study/honors thesis. Throughout your time in the lab, training will be achieved through tutorials/lectures and actual research experience. We expect students who know more to help train junior lab members.

Example projects include:

  • examining the relationship between stress, mood disorders and substance use
  • identifying genetic variation related to alcohol and other drug use, cognition, and other behaviors in humans
  • curating gene-sets related to substance use phenotypes

Example of a recent URA project:

Poster presentation by Ms. Pamela Romero during the Fall 2017 Undergraduate Research Symposium.

See the Research page for more information on the full range of the lab’s research.