Students can acquire research experience by volunteering to be a part-time research assistant (RA). Professors and their graduate students will often place a notice in the Monday Memo seeking volunteers, so be sure to check the Monday Memo each week if you are interested in these opportunities (the Monday Memo is emailed to all psychology majors and is posted on the Psychology website). You can also contact professors you are interested in working with directly to learn if they have any volunteer RA opportunities available. Professors will want to review your transcripts and resume before they meet with you to determine if you are a good fit for a position. Although professor’s expectations for volunteer RAs may vary substantially, most will require a commitment of 5-10 hours a week, for at least one session (fall or winter typically, although students can volunteer during the spring and summer). The time commitment for volunteer RAs is flexible, however, and takes into account your other academic deadlines and responsibilities. Students who serve as volunteer RAs receive valuable training in a specific research area (e.g., neuroscience; clinical psychology; industrial-organizational psychology). Typical activities undergraduate RAs perform include conducting literature searches, recruiting and running participants (i.e., collecting data), scoring tests and measures, coding of responses to open-ended questions, record keeping, entering and organizing data, and using SPSS to perform statistical analysis.