Undergraduate Research Assistants

Undergraduate Research Assistants participate in a variety of tasks in the lab. Students assist with the development of protocols, recruitment of research participants, run participants through experimental protocols, process and enter data into statistical software, and disseminate research findings through presentations at scientific conferences.

Jeff Martin
  • Jeff Martin
    Jeff Martin Undergraduate Assistant

    Jeff graduated from Hart County High School in Kentucky and is currently a sophomore undergraduate student at UAB. He is interested in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and marriage and family counseling. Upon graduation, Jeff plans to attend graduate school to further his education.

    “I am thrilled to have been invited to learn and work under the leadership of Dr. Stavrinos and the graduate students of the TRIP Lab. I am hopeful that I will become a treasured asset to the research team, and I am confident that I will leave with invaluable skills that will aid my future coursework and career.”

    Morgan Hawthorne
    • Morgan Hawthorne
      Morgan Hawthorne Simulator Programmer
      Morgan Hawthorne graduated from Thompson High School and is a senior undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science at UAB. He is an active ACM member at the UAB chapter and is interested in Virtual Reality development and Artificial Intelligence. After graduation, Morgan plans to continue work on Virtual Reality or work on the development of AI.
      “While I have worked at the TRIP Lab I have gained a tremendous amount of hands on experience with Virtual Reality development as well as an appreciation for the research applications this technology presents. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with such amazing people and learn more about research in psychology.”
      JaVarus Humphries
      • JaVarus Humphries
        JaVarus Humphries Undergraduate Assitant

        JaVarus Humphries graduated from Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School in Montgomery Alabama, and is currently a sophomore at UAB. He is pursuing a BS in Neuroscience and minors in Biology and Philosophy. JaVarus is a member of the Science and Technology Honors College program at UAB. After graduating, he hopes to attend medical school and continue his journey toward becoming a doctor.

        Karan Patel
        • Karan Patel

          A Birmingham-area native, Mr. Karan Patel is a sophomore at UAB majoring in Neuroscience. He was drawn to the TRIP Lab because he wanted to be part of the life-changing research conducted at UAB, and the TRIP Lab stood out as a conductor of such research. Under Dr. Stavrinos’ mentorship, Mr. Patel is eager to be a part of the research process and develop a project of his own. When not being a student, Mr. Patel is a very busy man. Competitive by nature, he enjoys sports of all sorts, is a Resident Assistant in Blazer Hall, is a UAB Ambassador, is a member of the Bham’s Blazin’ Bhangra (a traditional Punjabi dance team), and is in the UAB Cricket Club. Mr. Patel’s future plans include attending medical school and eventually becoming a surgeon.

          “The most exciting part about joining the TRIP Lab was that I would be able to get my hands dirty in the lab from the moment I joined.” — Mr. Karan Patel

          Cierra Hopkins
          • Cierra Hopkins

            An Alabama native, Ms. Cierra Hopkins is a junior at UAB majoring in Psychology and minoring in Forensic Psychology. Ms. Hopkins had no research experience prior to joining the TRIP Lab. Under Dr. Stavrinos’ mentorship, being able to cultivate her research interests has been a transformative experience enabling Ms. Hopkins to develop a more well-rounded perspective of the field of Psychology. Her career aspirations lie with forensics. One day, Ms. Hopkins hopes to work with people in prison or those in mental health facilities. Learning about the complexities of research involving these populations through her TRIP Lab experience is better preparing her for future endeavors. Ms. Hopkins is enthusiastic about her new position with the TRIP Lab and eager for the research opportunities Dr. Stavrinos and the TRIP Lab will provide.

            “Being able to develop my interest in research has been a transformative experience, as I previously did not have research experience in a lab. I have thoroughly enjoyed my work here.” — Ms. Cierra Hopkins

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