BITlab: Behavior Information Technology

BITlab
404 Wilson Rd. Room 249
Communication Arts & Sciences
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

Student Research in the BITLab

Interested in gaining research experience? Want to apply your skills to solving challenging problems involving people and technology?

Students at all levels (undergraduate, masters, and doctoral) working in the BITLab contribute to research projects which focus on improving our understanding of how technology and people affect each other. The majority of our research projects are team-based and involve both technical computer science and social / behavioral components. Students working in our lab gain experience working as part of an interdisciplinary team, and help to guide the research being conducted as they design and test their own approaches and solutions to applied problems that help people deal with real, important issues.

Both paid work and work for independent study credit are available. Work-study students are encouraged to apply. We generally do not work with students on a volunteer basis. Prospective PhD students should contact the individual BITLab faculty directly.

Available positions:

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Fall 2019  

Interested in gaining research experience? Want to apply your skills to solving challenging problems involving people and technology?

The Behavior, Information, and Technology lab (BITLab, https://bitlab.cas.msu.edu/) at Michigan State University is hiring 2-4 undergraduate or masters student hourly research assistants for the 2018-2019 academic year. We are looking for highly motivated students to assist us in a number of projects related to human-computer interaction, cybersecurity, and digital privacy. A position in the BITLab is ideal for juniors and seniors interested in gaining research experience to support graduate school applications, or students at any level who are developing a resume for a job search. BITLab research assistants are required to work an average of 10-15 hours per week, and spend a majority of their work hours in the BITLab located in the Communication Arts & Sciences building.

To qualify for a position in the BITLab, you must be an undergraduate or masters student who:

In addition:

To apply, please send a resume, an unofficial copy of your transcript (such as grades printed out from STU INFO), and a brief statement of interest to Professor Rick Wash wash@msu.edu. The statement of interest should include:

Applicants are also encouraged to submit evidence of past work such as a code sample, github repository or portfolio.

Hourly pay will be based on experience and skills, and is expected to be approximately $12-18/hr.

General Opportunities for Students at MSU  

We are always looking for students to work with who are talented, interested in participating in research, and who want to contribute to our ongoing projects. If this describes you, please contact Professor Emilee Rader at emilee@msu.edu. Your email should include your resume or CV, an unofficial copy of your transcript (such as grades printed out from STU INFO), and a brief statement of interest. The statement of interest should include:

You should support your argument with evidence about your skills, knowledge, qualifications, interests, experience, etc. such as a code sample, github repository or portfolio. “It would be a great experience for me” is not an argument about how you would contribute to the work going on in the lab, because it does not provide any information we can use to evaluate whether you would be a good team member, or whether you would be able to make a productive contribution to our projects.

You can read about the work we are doing in the lab throughout our website. If you are unsure about how to make an argument in a job or internship application based on your background and skills, talk to the Communication Arts & Sciences career services office or the career services office in your home department or college at MSU for advice.

Hourly pay is based on experience and skills, and is usually approximately $12-18/hr. Work-study students are encouraged to apply.