Joining the Lab

Dr. Schuster will be on sabbatical through August 2021 and will not be accepting new student advisees or lab volunteers during this time. Scholarship and paid opportunities will be posted to this site as they become available.

VECTR Lab members gain valuable research experience that complements undergraduate or graduate coursework. The extent to what a research assistant can learn while working at VECTR is directly related to what they contribute.

What qualities make VECTR lab members successful?

What do VECTR lab members do?

Research assistants in the lab may:

Although the majority of lab members are volunteers, a limited number of paid opportunities are available for undergraduate and graduate students. Paid positions require 15 hours of scheduled weekly work in the lab, weekly meetings, and greater involvement in the research. Greater involvement may include leading project teams, developing research protocols, leading and coordinating data collection, leading papers, planning research, and other leadership roles.

What is required of VECTR lab members?

The basic expectations of research assistants:

What are the benefits of volunteering in the VECTR lab?

You can expect:

More questions?

Please contact Dr. David Schuster.

Apply as a Volunteer

Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply.

If you anticipate being an SJSU graduate or undergraduate student in the future, please wait until you are accepted into your program before applying. However, you are welcome to apply to the lab before you begin your first semester.

If you are post-baccalaureate, please be aware that, in almost all cases, the lab cannot accept students who have already graduated. Students who have graduated would need to complete a prohibitively lengthy volunteer appointment process.

If you are in your last semester at SJSU, your time would be better spent on an independent study project with a faculty member in your area of interest. Our training and orientation process can take up to one semester. Applicants with more than one semester remaining in their program are strongly preferred.

If this all sounds good, continue to the lab application.