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Psychological research on gender, research methods, sex & sexuality


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Prospective Graduate Students

Professor McClelland will be considering graduate student applications for the upcoming academic year. If you’re interested in applying and have questions about the ProgressLab, please feel free to contact Sara McClelland at: saramcc@umich.edu.

You can read more about graduate study in the:
•  Joint Ph.D. Program in Psychology & Women’s Studies, University of Michigan here
•  Psychology Department, Personality & Social Contexts Area, University of Michigan here
•  Women’s Studies Department, University of Michigan here

Undergraduate Students

We’re often looking for undergraduate research assistants to work in our lab during the Fall and Winter semesters, as well as during the summer. If you’re interested in being a part of the ProgressLab, please email Sara McClelland at: saramcc@umich.edu.

Many students apply each semester, so those interested should apply early and often. Considerable preference is given to undergraduates who have taken at least one class with Prof. McClelland. Students in all majors are welcome to apply. Anyone interested in joining the lab is encouraged to read publications to get a more detailed understanding of the type of work done in the ProgressLab. Articles can be found here.

Being a research assistant in the lab potentially involves several types of activities. RAs are generally assigned to tasks based on skill level, availability, interest, and lab needs:

  1. Lab meetings. Lab meetings are how the lab members keep on track with ongoing projects, check in with each other about projects we may be working on, and generally talk about research methods and concerns.

  2. Study management. This includes a range of activities, including keeping detailed records of all participant interactions, journal article organization, as well as maintaining overall study infrastructure and organization.

  3. Participant recruitment in person and by phone

  4. Data collection

  5. Data entry

  6. Data analysis. My research uses a number of different methods, including both quantitative (SPSS) and qualitative (Dedoose, NVivo). No prior knowledge of these programs is needed.

  7. Transcribing interviews. Transcribing involves listening to tape-recorded interviews and typing out what is say into a word document file (there are special machines that help facilitate this process). It can be tedious, but many research assistants say that they learn a lot from listening to the interviews and that it can be very interesting.

  8. Literature reviews. An important part of doing research is knowing about what other researchers have done, what has been examined, and what remains unknown in the field. Literature reviews consist of looking for related research and summarizing previously used methods and findings.