For prospective graduate students: 

Dr. Fox is not currently considering applications for graduate students. 

For prospective postbaccalaureate research assistants:

Dr. Fox is not currently considering applications for a postbaccalaureate research assistant.

For prospective undergraduate research assistants:

The role of undergraduates in our research:

Undergraduate Research Assistants (UGRAs) have a very important role in our research. They are needed to assist in many aspects of data collection and analysis. UGRAs may help recruit subjects, set-up and run experiments, and code data. Also, as an UGRA, you earn course credit for working in the lab! 

What an undergraduate can learn from this experience:

Our undergraduate research assistants get "hands-on" research experience. They will be exposed to the research methodology, as well as the logistics of running a study. They will become familiar with the administration of a protocol and become accustomed to a research setting. 

Our undergraduate students have the option of completing an honors project:

Many students who start out as UGRAs eventually do honors projects in the lab. If you are a sophomore or junior and you think you would like to do an honors project, a good first step is to get involved in research as a UGRA. You will learn the basic laboratory procedures and begin to see what kinds of projects are available for honors students to pursue. 

Working in the CDL helps our undergraduates move forward in their careers:

"This past Fall (2016), I started the Masters in Psychology program at Rutgers University-Camden. I'm currently preparing a Masters thesis and assisting in data collection for several studies in the pediatric oncology unit of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. My experience as an undergraduate research assistant in the Child Development Lab was invaluable and laid a strong foundation for my continued interest in psychological research." -Yael, CDL UGRA 2013-2014

"Beginning in 2015 I worked as a Child Development Lab undergraduate research assistant for graduate student Sonya Troller-Renfree. After graduating in 2016, I accepted a position as a full-time faculty research assistant to work on the Temperament Over Time Study. I am extremely grateful for my time in the lab and look forward to utilizing the research foundation I developed in the lab as I enter medical school this fall, on my path to becoming a pediatrician." - Brady, CDL UGRA 2015-2016


*Fall 2019 Undergraduate Research Assistant Position*


The University of Maryland's Child Development Laboratory, under the direction of Dr. Nathan Fox, is now accepting applications for Fall 2019 undergraduate research assistants! Successful applicants will work on projects funded by the National Institutes of Health. Our studies examine the effects of temperament on social and cognitive development using a variety of neurological and behavioral methods. This position involves assisting with study visits, and research assistants will gain experience with behavioral coding, electroencephalogram (EEG) collection, electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) collection, taking part in research discussions, and play an active role in behavioral and physiological data collection. Social and biological science-related field majors are encouraged to apply. This position requires a flexible schedule, including weekend and evening availability. Accepted applicants will have the opportunity to work on several studies going on in the lab. Many of our undergraduate research assistants present at the annual Undergraduate Research Day. The position requires attention to detail, proper time management, and excellent interpersonal skills. We ask for a two semester commitment, but space is not guaranteed. Credit is available for PSYC 479, BSCI 399, and EDHD 498 for those interested!

-6 hours per week in lab

-Behavioral coding
-EEG collection

-ECG/EKG collection

-Research discussions
-Behavioral and physiological data collection
-Assisting with study visits


Experience working or completing research with infants, children, and adolescents is preferred but not required.

How to Apply: 
Interested individuals should send an email with their resume, class schedule, and an unofficial transcript to