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Apply & Join! Three spots are open for our research team!

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Interested in or curious about what our lab does?

We are the BaCN (Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience) lab at Utah Valley University. We do multiple undergraduate research projects, which can be student-generated. We also help our students grow and get hands on experience with research, mentoring, teamwork, and leadership. The earlier you start with BaCN, the more you learn and can use your experience in the research field, graduate school, and overall career. Consider joining in your freshman year!

Recent BaCN Accomplishments:

Since 2013

  • Over $178,000 funded for general research

Since 2014

  • 42 Conferences
  • 1 Peer Review Journal with Students
  • Over $25,000 of Student Funding

Benefits of Joining BaCN:

  • You can SCULPT your academic success. SCULPT assist in teaching though based learning. Advances your learning processes and learn new skills like critical thinking, problem solving, team work or networking. While working with faculty members on our main campus. Want to know more click here

Basic Expectation of Lab Members:

  • Regularly attend weekly lab meetings (~1 hour)
  • Dedicate 4-5 hours a week on average for lab research (includes lab meeting)
  • Keep track of hours each week spent on lab activities, then log them.

How to apply for our Undergraduate Research Team:

Once you apply online the next step is an interview with our Lab Team. If you apply and interview in Spring 2019, positions will start the following Fall 2019 semester, so you can still enjoy your summer break! After completing application process our student lab manager will contact you via email and will set up an interview with our lab team. Click here to apply: The survey requires a password so that bots don’t constantly fill it out. The password is BaCNRA

We look forward to your application!

Why Join a Research Team?

Why should you consider joining a research team? Consider these things…


#1: The longer a student participates in a research experience, the better their learning outcomes are!  Also, the skills learned during a research experience map on to what employers are looking for!


#2: Many of you are planning to go to graduate school. I think that is a wonderful goal! I also think that many of you might be unaware of how important a solid research experience can be in terms of graduate admissions. Consider these quotes:

  • “Applicants to graduate school in clinical and counseling psychology need research experience. Many students believe that applied experience working with people will help their application. They look for internships, practica and volunteer experiences. Unfortunately applied experience is useful only in small doses. Instead doctoral programs look for research experience and research experience trumps all other extracurricular activities” (
  • “How important is research experience in getting admitted to graduate school? Very! Surveys of graduate admissions committees in psychology show that research experience ranks among the top three considerations in admissions decisions (along with letters of recommendation and GRE scores)” (
  • Getting research experience does several things to boost your attractiveness to admissions committees, demonstrating that you (a) acquired knowledge and experience that will help you in graduate school, (b) are interested in research (which is an important part of most graduate training), and (c) had the motivation and initiative to become involved in out-of-class scholarly activities. Furthermore, letters of recommendation from faculty members with whom you worked on a research are an important source of information about your personality, conscientiousness, and work habits” (


#3: A student who serves as a research assistant, and particularly those who create their own projects, will earn outstanding letters of recommendation! “Letters of recommendation. Graduate programs usually ask for three letters of recommendation. These letters should be from faculty members who know you well; letters from faculty for whom you worked directly on research are particularly useful. Overall, letters from psychology faculty probably carry more weight than those from other departments. However, if you have worked closely with a faculty member in another department, don’t hesitate to get a letter from that professor. If you want to obtain a letter of recommendation from someone who is not a faculty member–a former employer or supervisor, for example–this should be in addition to the normal three letters” (


#4: Faculty members really do want to get to know you. Working together on a project is a great way to do that. Don’t be nervous about approaching us. Here’s why: