Student Opportunities

Research Volunteer Opportunities for Students


Mindfulness and Biobehavioral Health Research Group


We value the diverse experiences and backgrounds of all students at University of Louisville and are committed to making an inclusive lab experience for all members, we encourage historically underrepresented or marginalized undergraduates to apply.  

Lab Professor: Dr. Sandra Sephton   

Type of position: Undergraduate Research Assistant  

  • Volunteer 
  • PSYC 491 (3 credits)  

Time commitment:  

  • At least 10 hours per week 
  • Ability to attend 1-hour lab meeting weekly  
  • 2 semesters minimum commitment  

Semesters position is available: Starting Spring 2021 

Location of work: Lutz Hall, Microsoft Teams  


  • Highly motivated, detail-oriented student  
  • No prior research experience is necessary 

Brief description of project: Our research examines the clinical applications of mindfulness as well as biological mediators of the health effects of mindfulness-based practice. There will be opportunities to work on several research projects investigating mindfulness meditation in undergraduate populations and biobehavioral cancer research.  

Specific tasks: Primary duties include assisting the graduate students with literature reviews, running experiments, entering data into Excel or SPSS, preparing online surveys, coding research interviews and communication transcripts, attending lab meetings. 

How to apply: Currently reviewing applications and interviewing students. 

Contact: Alex Cowand ( or Melissa Sartain (