Laura Kray, Professor

Closed (1) Gender in the Workplace

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

This project examines behavior, beliefs, and attitudes relevant to gender differences in career attainment. Using a variety of methods, including experimental studies, correlational studies, and archival analyses, this project seeks to understand organizational barriers limiting gender equality in compensation and advancement and to identify interventions aimed at mitigating them.

Some topics under investigation:
-Beliefs about gender roles and how they affect policy support
-The gender gap in c-suite positions
-Corporate diversity goals
-Power, physical attractiveness, and sexual harassment
-Gender differences in pursuit of power and status

Research apprentices will be asked to help with stimuli creation, data collection, data coding, data analysis, manuscript preparation, literature reviews, and team meetings.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Charlotte Townsend

Qualifications: Applicants majoring in psychology or other relevant field with an intention of pursuing graduate studies (doctoral) will be given priority. Highly conscientious individuals with strong attention to detail, strong quantitative and communication skills are sought. Reasonable availability on a weekly basis is also needed for coordination purposes. Experience with SPSS/R or programming (Python) and experimental methods coursework is preferred but not required.

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs

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Closed (2) Behaviors in Virtual Question and Answer Sessions

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

Question and answer sessions are a key part of research presentations and science communication. They offer the opportunity for audience members to learn more about the topic and to relate it to other issues and topics. As we move to more virtual seminars and conferences, we are interested in if people engage in Q&A sessions differently compared to their in-person counterparts. In this project, we will be reviewing talks from a virtual conference and assessing how norms and behaviors differ between virtual conferences and pre-COVID in-person conferences.

Task: URAPs will be watching question and answer sessions and recording whether various behaviors occur.

Learning outcomes: URAPS will have the opportunity to learn about recent discoveries in science from the psychology conference they watch. URAPs will also be trained in qualitative methods.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Shoshana Jarvis, Graduate Student

Qualifications: We seek research apprentices who are motivated, conscientious, and eager to learn. Required: - Excellent oral and written communication skills - Superb attention to detail - Ability to collaborate well with others - Interest in psychological science

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs