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Penn SBSI Coronavirus COVID-19 Update

The Social and Behavioral Science Initiative staff is working remotely to comply with University protocols as we navigate the COVID-19 virus. We have suspended all talks until further notice. We are still accepting grant applications.

Visit, the University’s dedicated coronavirus COVID-19 web page, for the latest updates.

Undergraduate Opportunities

Research Assistant Training Program

The Initiative offers a formal, centralized training program for motivated undergraduates who want to gain hands-on research experience working with SBSI faculty and graduate students. The program introduces undergraduates to different tools often used in research such as Qualtrics, R, and Sona, shows them how to use these tools, and offers broader advice about navigating the field. This semester, the advising post-doc will offer the following one-hour modules at 4pm. Dates TBA.

Module 1  – Getting started in Psychological Research
Module 2  – Getting started with R
Module 3  – Reproducibility and Data Management
Module 4  – Data Visualization in R
Module 5  – Statistical Analysis and Functions
Module 6  – Loose Ends (and Q&A)

Training Program


Research Assistant Matching Program

Undergraduates: If you are interested in being a research assistant in the SBSI labs, please fill out the form below. We provide your information to faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students actively looking for research assistants. If they believe your interests are compatible with their research, they will reach out to you directly. 

Faculty, postdocs, and graduate students: If you are in need of research assistants and would like access to a pool of undergraduate researchers, please contact Kassidy Houston (

Matching Program