The success of the mann lab depends on
the involvement of bright and motivated students


Become an undergraduate research assistant through PSY 4993/5993

We welcome your interest in this research and teaching laboratory. Getting involved in research is a good way to see whether psychology is for you, and if it is, to obtain the research experience and training that you will need to gain admission to psychology graduate programs or related fields of study (e.g., law school, medical school, public health).

As a research assistant in this lab, you will be working closely with other members of the laboratory on several of our ongoing research projects. (Occasionally a research assistant will work exclusively on one project, but this is rare.) Your involvement may include recruiting, scheduling, and running subjects, entering or coding data, conducting basic data analysis, preparing materials for projects, or doing literature searches.

To join the lab this way, please submit the application at the link below. If we need research assistants at that time, we will contact you for an interview. We do not require previous lab experience, but we do require a two-semester commitment.

We cannot accommodate all of the students interested in being in the lab. The earlier you apply, the more likely there will be a spot for you. Preference is given to students who have taken PSY3206 (Health Psychology) or PSY1905 (Psychology of Eating and Body Image). Please e-mail mannlab@umn.edu for an application.

Become an volunteer research assistant

Generally the only volunteers we have in the lab are former research assistants who decide to stay on after being in the lab for course credit for a year.The main exception is for students from other universities whose families live in the Twin Cities and who are here for the summer.

Please e-mail mannlab@umn.edu for an application.

Become a graduate student

Interested students must apply to our Social Psychology program, not our Clinical program.

Acceptance to the University of Minnesota Department of Psychology is highly competitive. Applicants need strong test scores and GPA, as well as research experience in some kind of human research lab. The most impressive applicants have completed (or are currently conducting) their own independent research project.

The application to the psychology graduate program can be found here.