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Graduate students

Current Graduate Students

Graduate students who wish to get involved in research being conducted in the ELAB should email Dr. Elison at

Future Graduate Students

Prospective graduate students who are interested in applying for the Ph.D. in Child Psychology through the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota can obtain more information at the graduate admissions website for ICD.

Advising expectations

Learn more about what to expect as a graduate student in the ELAB. Dr. Elison outlines what you can expect from him as an advisor/mentor and provides an overview of his expectations of students in the child psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Minnesota.

Read Dr. Elison’s advising expectations.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduates interested in joining the ELAB Lab may fill out and submit the online undergraduate form. This link will take you to a secure survey to submit some information. The form will open in a new window, and after you submit your responses, you can simply close the new window.

Undergraduate directed research description:

  • Undergraduate research assistants will become familiar with the literature, assist in participant recruitment, behavioral testing, behavioral and standardized data analysis, and reporting of the results to the participating families and the scientific community.
  • Students are also exposed to processes involved in the collection and analysis of neuroimaging data.

Undergraduate requirements:

  • Undergraduate students usually get involved by serving as research assistants for course credit (Child Psychology 4994: Directed Research) or by volunteering.
  • Students should have taken/be enrolled for at least one undergraduate course in one of the following domains: Child Psychology or Developmental Psychology, Research Methods in the Social Sciences, Cognitive Psychology, Neuropsychology, or Neuroscience.
  • A strong interest in developmental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, computer science, or statistics/mathematics is preferred.
  • Due to the training that we provide to all new undergraduates, preference is also given to students who are interested in volunteering/directed research for more than one semester (i.e. two semesters or one semester plus a summer session).