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We welcome applications from talented undergraduate students. In general, we look for a strong academic background and a strong desire to do research. Undergraduate research assistants (RAs) will have the opportunity to work closely alongside Dr. Walter and the COM-PSI graduate students on various projects within the lab, with topics ranging from entertainment-education to health strategies to misinformation.

As a RA in our lab, you will get valuable hands-on research experience on cutting-edge projects, and have the opportunity to participate in weekly lab meetings to discuss scholarship. Interested undergraduate students may send Dr. Walter ( an email that includes why you would like to join the lab, as well as any research experience you have (though not necessary).

Graduate students in the COM-PSI lab have the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research, publish in top-tier academic journals, engage in weekly lab meetings, present research at academic conferences and seminars, and so much more. The COM-PSI lab is an inclusive environment that thrives on diversity of experiences and thought.

Students interested in pursuing graduate-level research opportunities in the COM-PSI lab should contact Dr. Walter ( to determine their fit with the lab. We welcome students from all backgrounds to apply, though students should have a passion for researching, especially within contexts relevant to media psychology and social influence.

The COM-PSI lab operates within Northwestern University’s School of Communication. If applying to a graduate program to work with COM-PSI, consider programs in Media, Technology, & Society (MTS).