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P. Karen Murphy

address: 102 CEDAR Bldg.
location: Education
phone: 814-863-2278
department: EPCSE


Quality Talk Research Assistant

The Quality Talk (QT) research team in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education (EPCSE) is conducting federally funded innovative research within multi-level and interdisciplinary/cross-curricular classroom settings. Quality Talk involves using student-focused argumentation as a tool for building understanding and co-constructing knowledge. Through this authentic discussion process students develop critical thinking skills and deepen their epistemic cognition in addition to enhancing their high-level comprehension of the subject matter. We are looking for highly motivated, goal-oriented, and dependable student volunteers that want to learn about QT and gain valuable research experience. As part of the QT team, the research assistant volunteers can enhance their resume and become better prepared for graduate studies. In addition, they can apply to earn independent research credits. The ideal candidates possess strong communication and analytical skills, attention to detail, and the ability to follow strong research standards when working with confidential data. Previous research experience and familiarity with video coding is a plus, but not required. The research assistant volunteers must commit to a minimum of 2 semesters and 10 hours per week. Responsibilities include but are not limited to video reviewing, naming and coding; data de-identification and organization; assisting with literature researches; proofreading materials; and assisting graduate students as needed. CITI training is required prior to starting (instructions will be provided). If interested, please submit your resume/CV and letter of interest to

Number of undergraduates needed: undefined
Minimum qualifications: Volunteers must attain or provide evidence of CITI training prior to their start date as well as certain background checks and security clearances required for working with minors. Access to Penn State’s CITI Program courses can be found at