Volunteer in a Psychology Research Lab!
- Want to understand what makes people tick?
- Want to see whether research is something you might like to do BEFORE you complete an honours thesis and apply to grad school?
- Interested in getting to know the work being done in different Psychology labs on campus?
- Want to gain volunteer experience for your co-curricular record at the same time that you volunteer in a lab?
Many labs in the department offer volunteer positions that the student experience center recognizes as part of the enhanced co-curricular record.
How to Apply:
1) Arrange a volunteer term.
- Visit current opportunities on this page: http://www.psychology.uwo.ca/undergraduate/volunteer_opportunities/currentopportunities.html and apply directly
- Find a supervisor whose research you find interesting. Most Psychology Department members are listed here: http://www.psychology.uwo.ca/people/faculty/fulltime.html
- Email a potential supervisor to arrange a meeting.
- Most labs require at least a basic level of research methods training. If you are a Psychology major, this includes courses such as 2800, 2810 and 2820. If you are from another department, or haven’t yet taken those classes, ask your potential supervisor what they require. They may ask to see your unofficial transcript before making a decision.
2) Once you have a volunteer term arranged, complete the volunteer contract.
You and your supervisor are both required to sign the contract.
3) Register as an “associated person”.
Forward the completed contract to the appropriate department administrator:
For supervisors located in the Social Science Centre or Westminster Hall please contact:
Social Science Centre, room 7400
For supervisors located at WIRB please contact:
WIRB, room 3184
4) Complete Human Resources Request for Personal Information
Shortly after submitting your volunteer contract to the appropriate administrator you will receive an email to the account you provided on your volunteer contract form from Western Human Resources asking you to complete an online submission providing personal information. Please ensure that you complete this process prior to the deadline provided by Human Resources. If you do not complete this process within the specific timeline set your volunteer appointment will be voided and you will not be authorized to work in the lab.
5) Mandatory Training Requirements
- Provincial and National law requires that you complete certain training prior to being authorized for a volunteer position. The University has developed a series of online courses to help you meet these training needs. You will be responsible for completing any and all required training including, but not limited to the following online training courses:
- Worker Health and Safety Awareness Training
- Safe Campus Community – Preventing Harassment, Violence, and Domestic Violence at Western
- Accessibility in Service
Online access to these courses will be available to you via OWL once your volunteer appointment has been processed by Human Resources. To access online training, please visit: http://www.uwo.ca/hr/learning/required/index.html.
- Ask your supervisor if there are any additional training sessions required for your role based on the lab you will be working in (e.g., some labs require training in hazardous waste management).
- Provide your training certificates to your supervisor.