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If you are a UCI undergraduate . . .

And you are interested in working in our lab as a research assistant, here is what we require:

    • Minimum commitment of 10 hours per week for at least 1 year
    • You must be available from 8:30 to 11:30 on at least two weekday mornings (or on one weekday morning and all day Saturday) to collect data at schools and museums.

In addition, we prefer:

    • Minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 in Psychology classes
    • Experience working with children (e.g., as a preschool teacher's aide, nanny or babysitter)

TO APPLY, send the following information in an email to

    1. Your resume
    2. Your unofficial transcript (if you’re a transfer student, also attach your previous college transcript)
    3. Your schedule for the current and following quarter
    4. Personal Statement- Answer the following two questions on a separate document:
      • Briefly describe why you would like to join the Sarnecka Cognitive Development Lab. Include how your experiences and interests will significantly contribute to the work of the lab. Highlight any relevant skills that you possess and how they will contribute to your work as a Research Assistant. Make sure your writing is organized, thoughtful, and clear. Limit of 500 words.
      • What languages other than English do you speak? Please rate yourself from 1 to 5 in reading, writing, speaking, and comprehending.

We will review your application and, if there are open positions in the lab, contact you to schedule an interview.

If you are applying to PhD programs . . .

You are welcome to apply to work in our lab at UCI. Prof. Sarnecka is always open to accepting new graduate students. You should apply to the PhD program in Cognitive Sciences and indicate that you would like to work in the Sarnecka lab. If the graduate admissions committee invites you for an interview, you can request to meet with Prof. Sarnecka during your visit to discuss your shared research interests and figure out whether the lab would be a good fit for you.

For all other inquiries . . .

Including questions about our work, requests to join or withdraw from studies, etc., please contact us at

Phone: 1 (949) 824-5492

Fax: 1 (949) 824-7235