Participate in the laboratory
Become an undergraduate research assistant
Each semester, undergraduates help conduct research in our laboratory. Psychology students can receive course credit for assisting in research by registering for Psychology 290. After working on ongoing projects in our lab, many students transition to working on their own independent research projects, and some eventually work on an undergraduate honors thesis. If you would like to gain research experience in our lab, please send an email to Prof. Simons ( with the following information: (1) what you hope to gain from your research experience and (2) which research topics in our laboratory interest you most. Please also identify any special skills you have (computer skills, programming, artistic skills, video skills, etc) that might be useful in a research setting. No prior research experience or technical skills are required, but if you do have any, please mention them.
Become a graduate student in the laboratory
If you are interested in pursuing a psychology Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, please email Prof. Simons directly ( Our lab regularly collaborates with students from many laboratories at the university, and students in our lab work with other faculty as well. So, even if our lab is not taking students in a given year, there might still be opportunities to work in our laboratory if you came to the University of Illinois. Prof. Simons maintains a small lab with only a few graduate students. Consequently, he is highly selective in accepting graduate students. Successful applicants typically maintain at least a 3.7 GPA while taking challenging classes, score higher than the 75th percentile on all sections of the GRE, have research experience in psychology or related disciplines, and have some programming proficiency (i.e., in Matlab, Python, R, and/or other languages).