Behavioral Psychology Research & Analysis Team (the "BPRATs")
We are always looking for new students interested in joining our lab! Please read what we do below, and contact Dr. Porter (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested. We would love to hear from you.
The Behavioral Psychology Research & Analysis Team (or the "BPRATs") is an active group of doctoral, undergraduate, and non-student assistants. This team is wholly responsible for the data collection efforts for Dr. Porter's research agenda in traffic psychology. Depending on experience and educational level, these students have opportunities to learn data collection/entry/verification techniques, study design plans, data analysis, and reporting. Students have been authors or co-authors on numerous conference presentations, technical reports, and publications.
Graduate students are trained in field and community techniques, quasi-experimental designs, evaluation, and public policy (we do much work with government partners who use our data and research to assist with progammatic decisions). Graduate students in the lab are also expected to be assertive with creating new projects, dilligent with helping run Dr. Porter's research grants, and open to mentoring undergraduates as role models for the research process.
Undergraduate students are trained first and foremost in data collection and entry techniques as these are the first skills of research valuable to any team. Those students who show an interest are given additional training opportunities, with some becoming lab leaders, supervised research students (who do their own projects), and even honors thesis students. Students working with Dr. Porter as undergraduates receive significant skills that can carry on to other projects in his lab, or assist with research interests for other faculty members in the department or in other graduate programs once the student graduates from ODU.