Join the lab

As a graduate student

Please note – I am not taking new graduate students for Fall 2018. 

The University of Oregon is a great place to go to grad school. You will do interesting work, you will be challenged intellectually and creatively, you will have an opportunity to work on important problems with multiple world-class faculty, you will have access to superb training and resources, and when you are done you will be well positioned for a career where you can use everything you learned to work on interesting problems. Application materials for the UO psychology graduate program are available on the department website.

You can get a good sense of what work we are doing in the lab and the way I think about research by reading the research page and some publications (and maybe my blog). I want there to be enough overlap between your interests and mine that it will be worth the big investment we will both put into your intellectual development. On the flip side I do not expect (or want) you to be a cookie cutter of me, and I hope and assume that your interests will evolve during grad school. I also encourage students to get experience in other labs and find other ways to pursue diverse interests during grad school.

Prospective graduate students may be interested in this article, How to Apply to Graduate School, reprinted from the APS Observer.

As an undergraduate

Our success depends on the participation of bright and motivated research assistants, both current students and recent graduates. Work in this lab involves projects looking at emotions, social perception, and personality. You can read more about what we do on the research page.

As a research assistant, you will be an active team member in ongoing research. We conduct a variety of different kinds of studies, including both experimental laboratory-based studies of social interactions and field studies. Hands-on experience is the best way to learn more about how psychological research works and to get the experience necessary to pursue an advanced degree in the field.

If all this sounds interesting to you, please contact me (sanjay at uoregon dot edu).


I strongly believe in the value of diversity. My lab is committed to supporting the career development of students from all backgrounds, including members of underrepresented groups.

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