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How to Apply to the STAR Lab

The STigma Action Research (STAR) Lab is located at the University of South Florida, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences. The STAR Lab engages in community-engaged research in the area of stigma reduction, with a special emphasis on the stigma surrounding behavioral health conditions. For more information on current research projects please explore this website.

  • How to Apply:
    Applicants to the STAR lab will be required to provide the following:
    A completed STAR Lab Application
    A Personal Statement of Interest
    About 500 -1000 words (1-2 pages)
    The personal statement of interest will be used to explain the following:
    Why do you want to be a volunteer research assistant in the STAR lab?
    What qualities do you feel you can bring to the role of being a research assistant?
    What are your post-graduation career plans and hopes?
    A Resume/CV
  • Click here for the Online Application:

Once you have completed the online application, please email Dr. Kosyluk at to bring this to her attention so that the application can be reviewed.

Lab Expectations:

The primary qualifications of a research assistant for the STAR Lab include motivation, consistency, and commitment. Your main responsibility will be to assist the members of the lab in all phases of research including but not limited to: conducting literature reviews and searches, assisting with the preparation of Institutional Review Board applications and research tools (i.e. interview guides and surveys), data entry and coding, data collection, creating materials for the lab, and reading articles for the lab journal meetings. This position is a commitment of 3-5 hours a week which includes a weekly in-person lab meeting. A two semester commitment is required. If you are within one semester of graduation and interested in applying to the STAR lab, please request to meet with Dr. Kosyluk before proceeding with your application.

How Undergraduate Research Experience Might Benefit You

1) Opportunity to explore career directions.
2) Building transferable skills and enhancing your resume. When you work on an inquiry or investigation that makes an intellectual or creative contribution to a given discipline, you develop skills and capacities that are highly sought after by future employers including: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and professionalism.
3) Learning to publicly advocate and defend work.
4) Getting a leg up on graduate or professional school.
5) Chance to contribute knowledge and impact the world.
6) Students involved in undergraduate research typically earn higher grades, graduate sooner, and are more competitive for post-graduation opportunities when they finish.

5 Reasons Why Undergraduates Should Do Research

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