apply to the SNapp lab

The SNaPP Lab is currently accepting applications for the 2014-2015 academic year.

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 three 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 some Wednesday evenings as well, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Prof. Settle reserves Wednesday afternoons from 2-4:30 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.

Open Lab Positions
The needs of the lab change on a yearly basis. For the 2014-2015 academic year, the following positions are open:
Lab Experiments Intern
Online Political Discussion Intern
Media and Public Opinion Intern
Computer Science Intern

See here for more information.

Find out more about the current 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

What makes for a successful applicant to the SNaPP Lab?

Important Dates
Applications go live: August 1st
Applications due: August 23rd
Interviews: August 25th-27th
Decisions: September 2nd
First Meeting: September 3rd
Accepted students must register for GOVT 394: September 5th