Silvia Bunge, Professor

Closed (1) Relational Reasoning and Graph Comprehension

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

The Building Blocks of Cognition Laboratory, led by Prof. Silvia Bunge, is investigating how we can help children learn to read, interpret, and reason with graphs more effectively, leveraging insights from cognitive psychology. This project involves behavioral methods. You can learn more about the lab's main lines of research here: http://bungelab.berkeley.edu/projects-2/

Lab culture: Our lab offers a welcoming space where motivated students can thrive and grow their love for science. The work of many of our undergrad lab alumni has culminated in conference presentations, senior theses, and some have even co-authored journal publications. Our small team is full of creative, talented, and passionate individuals. We are seeking to welcome a fantastic student to this team starting Fall 2021.

Responsibilities: The student will be code and categorize open-ended responses. The student will also assist in preparing data for analysis, including data cleaning, and helping to set up the analysis pipeline. The student may also be responsible for reading and summarizing research papers. The student will work directly with the graduate student as well as with Professor Bunge. The student is strongly encouraged to attend biweekly lab meetings, but this is not required.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Elena Leib, Graduate Student

Qualifications: We are looking for students who are majoring (or intend to major) in psychology or cognitive science and have an interest in STEM education. Sophomores and juniors preferred. Students should be organized, detail-oriented, and highly motivated to see the project through. No prior research experience is required. Some experience with R or programming in general is desirable. Experience reading and summarizing articles is also desirable. In your application, please provide brief answers to the following questions: 1. What is your major and class level? 2. How many hours a week could you realistically devote to the project? 3. Why are you interested in working on this specific project and/or in our lab? 4. What do you seek to gain out of this experience? 5. What type of relevant skills do you already have? 6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs

Related website: http://bungelab.berkeley.edu

Closed (2) Socio-psychological Experiences in Gateway STEM Courses (SEG-way)

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

Another project in the lab currently seeking apprentices is an investigation of undergraduate students’ psychological experiences in introductory STEM courses. This project primarily involves quantitative methods.

Lab culture: Our lab offers a welcoming space where motivated students can thrive and grow their love for science. The work of many of our undergrad lab alumni has culminated in conference presentations, senior theses, and some have even co-authored journal publications. Our small team is full of creative, talented, and passionate individuals. We are seeking to welcome a fantastic student to this team starting Fall 2021.

Responsibilities: The student will help with recruitment and advertising the study around campus. After recruitment, student will assist in literature review (reading & summarizing research papers and preparing a bibliography), preparing data for analysis, including data cleaning, and helping to set up the analysis pipeline. The student will also be coding and categorizing open-ended responses. The student will work directly with the graduate student as well as with Professor Bunge. Attending biweekly lab meetings is strongly recommended but not required.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Smriti Mehta, Graduate Student

Qualifications: We are looking for students who are majoring (or intend to major) in Psychology, Cognitive Science, or Education and have an interest in STEM education. Sophomores and juniors preferred. Students should be organized, detail-oriented, highly motivated to see the project through. No prior research experience is required. Some experience with Excel and R (or programming in general) is desirable. Experience reading and summarizing articles is also desirable. In your application, please provide brief answers to the following questions: 1. What is your major and class level? 2. Which STEM courses (particularly Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Math) have you taken or are currently taking at UC Berkeley? 3. How many hours a week could you realistically devote to the project? 4. Why are you interested in working on this specific project and/or in our lab? 5. What do you seek to gain out of this experience? 6. What type of relevant skills do you already have? 7. Anything else you would like us to know about you?

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs

Related website: http://bungelab.berkeley.edu
Related website: https://sites.google.com/berkeley.edu/segwaystudy