Student Opportunities

Are you interested in joining the lab? Here’s how…

We are always looking for students in the lab, either at the graduate level (Masters and PhD students) or the undergraduate level. In our lab, we fully support the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusiveness. Everyone is welcome! Moreover, our lab is multi-disciplinary, with students from Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, and Engineering, though the way that you join the lab will vary depending on your situation, as described below.

Award winning students from our lab (Top to bottom left, and then right): Robert Ramkhalawansigh: Canadian Psychological Association thesis award; Alexandra Mueller: Canadian Psychological Association thesis award and the Honda Outstanding Student Paper Award at Driving Assessment; Rebecca Reed Jones (in collaboration with James Reed Jones): Honda Outstanding Student Paper Award at Driving Assessment and Best Biomechanics Paper at the Ontario Biomechanics conference; Danielle Filio: Runner up for Honda Outstanding Student Paper Award at Driving Assessment.

Graduate Students

Psychology or Neuroscience students: To join our lab at the Masters or PhD level, apply through the website for the Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science area (NACS), which is an area of study within the Psychology Department at the University of Guelph. A background in research methods and statistics, human factors, sensation and perception, cognitive psychology, or cognitive neuroscience is an asset for working in the lab.

Information on how to apply, requirements, deadlines, and specifics about the program can be found here:

Graduate program in Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science

Please contact Dr. Lana Trick (ltrick@uoguelph.ca) if you are interested in applying to graduate school through Psychology or Neuroscience.

Graduate students in the Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science program all do a research practicum in business or industry or in another research lab. The skills developed in the DRiVE lab are highly applicable in a variety of other fields. This is a picture of graduate student Robert Ramkhalawansingh inside a partially automated helicopter during his research practicum at Ottawa Aerospace.

Computer Science students. To join our lab at the Masters or PhD level through Computer Science, the easiest way is to apply through the website for the School of Computer Science for a thesis based degree. A background in either machine learning, human-computer interaction (human factors), or simulation is an asset.

Graduate program in Computer Science

Contact Dr. Andrew Hamilton-Wright for more information about how to join the DRIVE lab through Computer Science (andrew.hamilton-wright@uoguelph.ca).

Engineering students.

To join the lab at the Masters or PhD level through Engineering, apply through the website for the School of Engineering. A background in human factors, biomechanics, or design is an asset.

Graduate program in Engineering

Contact Dr. Michele Oliver for more information about how to join the DRIVE lab through Engineering (moliver@uoguelph.ca).

Undergraduate students

Undergraduate students from Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, or Engineering are always welcome to join the DRIVE lab as well, though they access it in different ways.

Psychology.  The best way to get a taste of what it is like to be in  the DRIVE lab is to join as an  undergraduate intern (one term). To do that, you should enroll in either PSYC *3240 or  PSYC *4240 (Independent Research Project and Advanced Independent Research Project courses). See course description linked below for prerequisites and program requirements.

Psychology 3240 Independent Research Project Course Description

Psychology 4240 Advanced Independent Research Project Course Description

You may also join as an Honours thesis, in which you will be carrying on a two-term independent research project. To do that, you will need to enrol in psychology PSYC *4870 and PSYC *4880. See  the course description linked below for prerequisites and program requirements.

Psychology Honours thesis.

Psychology 4870 (first term Honours thesis)

Psychology 4880 (second term Honours thesis)

Contact Lana Trick for details (ltrick@uoguelph.ca).

Neuroscience

Students in Neuroscience with a background in research methods in Psychology and either cognitive neuroscience, cognition, or sensation and perception may choose to do an honours thesis equivalent in the form of a two-term independent research project (NEUR *4401/4402). See  the course description linked below for prerequisites and program requirements. Contact Lana Trick for details (ltrick@uoguelph.ca).

Neuroscience 4401 (first term)

Neuroscience 4402 (second term)

Contact Lana Trick for details (ltrick@uoguelph.ca).

Computer Science

Computer Science students interested in conducting student research will need to enrol in CIS *4900 and may then continue with CIS *4910, see course description linked below for prerequisites and program requirements. Contact Andrew Hamilton-Wright for details (andrew.hamilton-wright@uoguelph.ca).

Computer Science 4900 (first term)

Computer Science 4910 (second term)

Engineering

Engineering students interested in conducting student research will need to enroll in ENGG *4180, ENGG *4170, ENGG *4160, or ENGG *4120. See course descriptions linked below for prerequisites and program requirements. Contact Michele Oliver for details (moliver@uoguelph.ca).

Engineering 4120 Engineering Systems and Computing Design IV

Engineering 4160 Mechanical Engineering Design IV

Engineering 4170 Computer Engineering Design

Engineering 4180 Biomedical Engineering Design IV