To create a sense of community, train future scientists, conduct quality research ... and have fun!

Adolescent & Adult Adjustment Research Lab

Benefits to Joining the "A Lab"

Quotes from 7th graders about why you should join a research lab

  • A scientist's job looks like a lot of fun. - James
  • Scientists come in all shapes and forms. - Ashley
  • Who knows? Maybe I can be a scientist. - Amanda

Benefits to university students          

  • Opportunity to be part of a collaborative faculty-student research team
  • Many projects using a wide variety of methods (surveys, focus groups, interviews) and designs (correlational, experimental)
  • Empirical data-based research adds immensely to your resume/vita
  • Access to data from many projects
  • Opportunity to participate in conference presentations and publications

Plunkett's views on qualifications and requirements for students

  • There are no qualifications other than I want to make sure that joining the lab is the best use of your time for your education and career goals.
  • If you join, we will train you in everything you need to know in the lab.
  • There are no specific requirements for how many months or semesters you need to stay in the lab.
  • If you just want to "try it out," that is fine with me. You can't know if you like it unless you try it.
  • If you decide the "A Lab" or research are not for you, it won't hurt my feelings if you use your time a different way.
  • There is no minimum number of hours per week.
  • However, the more you are in the lab, the more you will learn and the more opportunities you will have.
  • If you are interested, just email me or come by my office hours.