4 Ways to Obtain Research Experience (with Me)

The best recommendation letters for jobs and graduate school are informed by personal contact AND have something useful to say about a student’s skills. To write the most effective letter or provide a useful reference, I need to know you outside of class. Plus, academic experiences outside of the classroom are essential for getting into grad school as well as developing marketable skills for any career.

Research experience, and the conference presentations and publications that sometimes result from them, is beneficial regardless of your career choice. Examples of student co-authored presentations and publications appear at the bottom of this page. There are several ways to obtain academic experience. Students work with me in each of the following ways:
1.   Assisting in research. Students may work on one of my ongoing projects (on some of these topics, most currently, alcohol use in emerging adulthood and adulthood). Tasks might include data collection, locating measures and articles, summarizing material, some analyses. Expect that some tasks might sometimes seem boring… that’s how research goes. It's exciting and rewarding when it all comes together.  If they choose, research assistants may earn 3 credits per semester. 
2.  Assisting in writing tasks. I write text books and can always use help. Tasks might include reading a chapter for clarity, pointing out when additional examples are helpful, and helping to develop cases or activities. In terms of applying to grad school, research experience may take precedence over these activities; however, my ability to tell an admissions committee about your searching, reviewing, analyzing, and writing skills - as well as that I trust you with my work and have found your assistance useful - will be invaluable to your application. Research/writing assistants may earn 3 credits per semester  
3.  Conducting independent studies. Sometimes students and I develop joint projects. Or students come to me with ideas that we together shape into a student’s research project. [3 credits] 
4.  Conducting guided readings.  A guided readings course is one that you and I design together. It is intended to give you the opportunity to study a specific topic in depth (e.g., the midlife crisis, cognitive development, cyber-bullying are examples of recent student courses). Frequently students will complete a guided readings class in order to devise research questions that they later address in independent studies. [3 credits]
If you're interested in obtaining experience in any of these areas, speak with me.

Selected Student Co-Authored Publications & Presentation

*Burnell, K., & Kuther, T L. (in press). Predictors of mobile phone and social networking site dependency in adulthood. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking  

*Burnell, K., & Kuther, T. L. (2016, June).  Positive and negative perceptions of midlife.
Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

Kuther, T. L. & Monzillo, V.  (2015). Test bank to accompany The Psychology Major's Handbook. Pacific Grove, CA: Cengage. 

*Burnell, K. & Kuther, T. L. (2015, October). Identity development and well-being in emerging adults. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the New England Psychological Association, Fitchburg, MA.

*McDonald, E., & Kuther, T. L. (2004). Early adolescents’ experiences with, and views of, Barbie. Adolescence, 39(153), 39-52.

Kuther, T. L. & *Timoshin, A. (2003). A comparison of social cognitive and psychosocial
predictors of alcohol use by college students. Journal of College Student Development,
44(2), 143-154.

Kuther, T. L. & *Posada, M. (2004). Minor matters: Children’s capacity to provide informed consent for research participation. In F. Columbus (Ed.), Advances in Psychology Research. Huntington, NY: Nova Science.

*McDonald, E. & Kuther, T. L. (2003, March). Coverage of ethics in child psychology textbooks. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Baltimore, MD.

*McDonald, E. & Kuther, T. L. (2003, March). Stereotypes of adolescence: College student views. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Baltimore, MD.