Resources for Research Assistants

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Here, we will post tools and resources that undergraduate researchers may find useful when getting started in a research lab.

Research Conferences & Presentation Opportunities

Research Conferences & Presentation Opportunities

Local to Duke and Durham:

  • Visible Thinking

      • Apply in Spring, present in late April.

      • All students who receive support from the URS office are expected to present at Visible Thinking.

  • Neuroscience, Biology, & Psychology Spring Research Fair

      • Apply in March, present in early April

      • Hosted by Neuroscience Majors Union, Psychology Majors Union, Biology Majors Union (contact representatives for more information)

      • Allows current undergraduate RAs to help spread the word about their research to students looking to get involved- sharing information about their lab, what exactly their role looks like as an RA, and how someone else might get involved

  • SNCURCS - State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium

      • All undergraduate students enrolled in North Carolina colleges & universities are eligible to participate in SNCURCS Poster, Oral, Exhibit and Performance options.

National Conferences:

  • AERA - American Educational Research Association

      • AERA Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop

          • Apply by early November (11/8 in 2019)

          • Engages fellows in presenting their research in an invited undergraduate poster session. Instructors for the workshop are faculty and researchers from both academic institutions and research organizations (e.g., American Institutes for Research, Educational Testing Service, the College Board, and Rand)

          • Award includes conference registration and two nights of lodging. The fellows and/or their home institutions are responsible for transportation costs to and from San Francisco. Most meals are part of the Workshop activities

  • AERA Conference Travel Grant awarded by the Center for Child and Family Policy

      • Apply by late January/Early February

      • Email Dr. Leslie Babinski for more information

  • APS (Association for Psychological Science)


Poster & Slide Deck Hacks


Cool Links!


Reaching Out to New Research Labs

Email Templates

For Research Coordinators & Mentors

Ideas for mentors

Google Doc planning template

How to build a website

Excel Hacks


Preparing a Study on Qualtrics


Mounting a Study on CloudResearch


Approving Workers on CloudResearch