How to Be More Productive

CNBC quotes our own Alejandro Lleras in a blog post on boosting productivity. Good advice!

According to a study in the journal Cognition, even brief diversions can dramatically      improve a person’s ability to focus on a task for prolonged periods of time.

‘From a practical standpoint, our research suggests that, when faced with long
tasks (such as studying before a final exam or doing your taxes), it is best to impose brief breaks on yourself. Brief mental breaks will actually help you stay focused on your task.’

Proposal Writing Workshop

Proposal Writing for Undergraduate Researchers Workshop

The Office of Undergraduate Research has partnered with The Writing Center to offer an exciting new workshop for undergraduate students. In this workshop, we will discuss the fundamentals of proposal writing, guiding students to formulate successful research projects and explain their research in a concise and compelling manner that is understandable to a general audience. Students will leave the workshop with (1) basic knowledge about research proposals and their structure, (2) tactics and tools to write successful research statements, and (3) a list of resources for assistance in the writing process.

Each workshop is limited to the first 30 applicants. For more information and for details on how to register please visit:

PSYC 290 Research Fair – Today!

Psychology Research (PSYC 290) Poster/Recruiting Fair

Tuesday, Jan. 23
4-5 pm
Atrium (first floor center section, Psychology Building)

Here are the labs who said they will be at the fair on Tuesday.  If you can’t make the event, feel free to contact the labs for more information about how to apply.

Informal informational event.  No resumes needed at event.

“How do I get involved in research?”

Attention and Perception

*Vision Lab – Alejandro Lleras and Simona Buetti Lleras –

*Virtual Reality Lab – France Wang –



*The Personal Relationships, Interpersonal Stress, and Mindfulness (PRISM) lab –           Heidemarie Laurent –



*The Language Acquisition Lab – Cindy Fisher –



*The Culture and Social Behavior Lab – Dov Cohen

*Social Action Lab – Dolores Albarracin –



Grants from the Office of Undergraduate Research

Research Support Grant (RSG)

This grant provides students from all disciplines with the funds necessary to conduct research or creative projects during the academic year both on and off campus (including summer terms). Awards will be up to $2,000 and are meant to cover research travel costs, living expenses incurred during academic breaks (i.e., winter break and summer terms, NOT regular semester living expenses), and materials or other ancillary costs.  We hope that this competition will both broaden and deepen the types of research being conducted by undergraduate students on campus, and that the recipients are able to use this opportunity as a way of engaging with their fields.

For details and eligibility requirements please visit:

The deadline for applications is March 8, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

Questions may be addressed to

Conference Travel Grant (CTG)

This grant provides awards of up to $350 for undergraduate students to travel to professional conferences to present their research posters, papers, or creative works. Please note, the Office of Undergraduate Research does not provide funds for conference travel for attendance only; grants are meant for students who will present their work.

For details, eligibility requirements, and link to the application please visit:

The deadline for applications is February 21, 2018 at 11:59pm.

Questions may be addressed to