Information for Prospective Researchers

Doctoral Students

The MSR Lab invites Ph. D. applications for the Academic Semester 20/21. To apply, please email your most recent Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a Cover Letter describing how your research interests fit with the lab to Dr. Patricia Chen (

Masters Students

*The MSR Lab is not currently accepting Masters students for the Academic Year 20/21.*

Honours Thesis Students

*The MSR Lab is currently accepting thesis students for the Academic Year 19/20.* You are welcome to apply if your research interests are a good fit for the lab and if you have the appropriate research experience to undertake HT research independently. Here at the MSR Lab, we prefer students who have worked as a research assistant with us for at least 1 semester. If you are keen on doing an Honours Thesis with our lab, you should strongly consider volunteering as a research assistant or applying to complete a UROP project ahead-of-time. Only students who have performed excellently as resarch assistants will be considered for an Honours Thesis or the Concurrent Degree Programme.

Call for Undergraduate Research Assistants!

Research Assistants: Information and Application Portal Link

HOW TO APPLY: To apply, click here to fill out our application form! Click here to learn more about our research leaders, their research interests, and projects. Please ensure that you have the following:​ (1) Your most recent Curriculum Vitae (CV). This should include your past and ongoing work, research, volunteer and extra-curricular experiences.​ (2) Your latest unofficial transcript available (3) You will be asked whether you would prefer to work with Rob or Jessica, or have no preference. To inform this preference, please review the information on their labs here. NB: All acceptances remain contingent upon available openings in our lab and good fit with our research projects. Benefits from being an RA • The depth of knowledge you gain through participating in our lab goes far beyond what you learn in your classes. If you are interested in pursuing graduate school, especially in social psychology, this is the best preparation. • Dr. Chen can write an outstanding letter of recommendation for high performing, motivated lab members. By doing research with us, she can say much more about you than students who were in her classes. • Beyond substantive knowledge, you will also become extremely adept at inferential statistics and data management, which are skills many employers place a high value on. Participating in a research lab demonstrates your intellectual curiosity and looks great on a CV or resumé. Expectations for all undergraduate research assistants • Work with the lab includes both in-person meetings as well as independent work that you can schedule yourself. You will work on different projects depending on which team you join. • You are expected to put in roughly six hours of work per week, split between meetings and independent work. • Commit to being a lab member for at least a year. • We strongly prefer second-year and third-year students who have already completed Intro Psych, Stats 1 &2, and Intro to Social Psych What You’ll Be Doing RAs work closely with either a postdoc or doctoral student. Click here to learn more about our research leaders, their research interests, and projects.