Volunteers are typically responsible for assisting with data collection, coding data, and additional tasks facilitating the research process.

There are multiple participating labs covering psychology’s major research areas, including cognitive, developmental, forensic, health, organizational, personality, and social psychology.

Interested in Becoming a Research Volunteer?

  1. Browse the Psychology Research Page
  2. Identify faculty members conducting research that interests you.
  3. Email faculty members to express your interest and ask about availability.

Check out the FAQ document for a list of common student questions and answers!

Please contact our Placement and External Relations Officer, Kaitlin Barkley, should you have any questions or concerns:


“Volunteer research assistants help to ensure that the research produced by my lab is of high quality. In addition to getting a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the research process, students gain direct experience working with large datasets, which is a marketable skill when applying to graduate school or the workforce.”

– Rachel Burns, Assistant Professor


“I am…improving my analytical and critical thinking skills. I would most certainly recommend volunteering in a lab to other students. It offers work experience in the field, and that benefits anyone looking to graduate with a degree in psychology.”

– Tarek Benzouak, Psychology Research Lab Volunteer

Did you know?

Volunteering in a Psychology research lab makes you eligible for the Co-Curricular Record (CCR).

The Co-Curricular Record is a resource offered to all Carleton students as a way to record and encourage involvement in student leadership development, extracurricular activities, and community service opportunities. With a CCR, students will be able to present official documentation to prospective employers and graduate school to both complement their academic transcript and demonstrate the holistic learning engaged in during their academic career.