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The SNaPP Lab application period for the 2020 calendar year is open until November 8th

***Please note that this will be the last opportunity to apply for the lab until November 2020.***

What is the SNaPP Lab?

The Social Networks and Political Psychology (SNaPP) Lab is a collaborative research group, directed by Professor Jaime Settle but driven by the questions and ideas of the undergraduates involved in the group. Each year, students simultaneously work on an independent portfolio or research project while contributing to an ongoing project in the lab related to Prof. Settle’s active research agenda.

Why join the SnaPP Lab?

The goal of the SNaPP Lab experience is to enable students to develop the analytical, methodological and writing skills necessary to 1) successfully execute a high-quality independent research project before they graduate and 2) plan for and attain post-graduation opportunities (job, graduate school, fellowship, etc.) that utilize those skills. Equally important are the opportunities to 1) work closely with a faculty member outside of the classroom environment and 2) interact with other students interested in data analysis and research.

What is the time commitment?

New lab members must sign up for two credits of GOVT 394 (Directed Research). Returning members can 1) receive up to three credits of GOVT 394, can 2) affiliate with the lab while receiving credit for an independent study or honors thesis, or can 3) be paid for their research assistance.

Wednesdays are key in the SNaPP Lab. The lab meets as a whole group at 6:00 p.m. in the Social Science Research Methods Center. The boot camp series for new members meets most Wednesday evenings as well, from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Prof. Settle reserves Wednesday afternoons from 3:30-5:00 p.m. for one-on-one or group meetings with lab members.

In addition to the meeting time on Wednesdays, joining the lab is 5-10 hour/week commitment working on shared or independent research projects. Lab members put together a portfolio each semester that highlights what they’ve accomplished individually and in conjunction with their teams.

What lab positions are open this year?

The needs of the lab change on a yearly basis. For the 2020 calendar year, the following positions are open:

  • Lab Experiments Intern (up to 3)
  • Social Media Project Intern (up to 3)
  • Political Rhetoric Intern (up to 3)

See Spring 2020 Openings Description for more information.


Find out more about the what lab members will be doing this year on the ongoing lab projects.

Find out more about the experience–Ideal Trajectory for SNaPP Lab Members—as well as recommended courses to complement your experience in the lab.

You are encouraged to check out the new Data Science program. The coursework in this sequence would be an excellent preparation alongside your experience in the lab. 

What makes for a successful applicant to the SNaPP Lab?

Read up on what boot camp entails.


Lab application – link to Tribe Careers Site

To find the position – SNaPP Lab Research AssistantID#: 37643

Important Dates

  • Applications go live: October24th
  • Applications due: November 8th
  • Interviews: November 13th
  • Decisions: November 15th
  • Accepted students must register for GOVT 394: During schedule adjustment in November
  • First Meeting: January 23rd