U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI)
Location: Ft. Belvoir, VA, near Washington, DC.
The Consortium Research Fellows Program (CRFP) has student Research Fellowships available at the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI), Ft. Belvoir, VA, near Washington, DC.
Details about CRFP FellowshipsThe CRFP Fellowships for graduate and undergraduate students are aimed at developing the applied research skills of early-career psychologists. Each student Research Fellow is mentored by a senior ARI researcher, and is assigned to participate as a member of an ARI research or technical team. Student Research Fellows gain skills in research design, data collection and management, statistical analyses, scientific and technical writing, and business acumen. Student Fellows work up to 20 hours per week during the school year and 40 hours per week in the summer. They earn an hourly wage between $15.70 and $31.20, depending upon academic standing. More importantly, student Research Fellows develop professionally under the guiding mentorship of national experts in their fields, co-author publications and presentations, often accomplish their Master's theses or doctoral dissertations using Fellowship research, and compete for career positions at Federal Government agencies, and business and consulting organizations.
Learning Objective: Be able to effectively design research for a complex applied setting.
You will learn how to:
- Develop research questions that will further the Army’s mission and contribute to the broader science
- Assess, understand, and work within practical constraints and barriers
- Develop IRB documents for the Army’s Institutional Review Board
- Recruit Soldiers for data collection efforts
- Develop a practical research plan
- Develop timelines and budgets to effectively implement research
Data Collection & Management
Learning Objective: Be able to gather, enter, document/manage, and clean organizational data.
You will learn how to:
- Collect and manage applied data in a military context
- Enter applied psychological data in an efficient manner
- Establish and maintain organizational systems for data management
- Use established practices to clean and screen data
- Develop data codebooks and other supporting documents
- Document data management processes for reporting purposes
- Prepare datasets for analyses
Learning Objective: Be able to conduct basic and multivariate statistical analyses.
You will learn how to:
- Run descriptives statistics to describe data
- Report descriptives in compliance with APA guidelines
- Write SPSS syntax
- Conduct multivariate statistics
- Interpret results from SPSS output
- Maintain data output in an organized and systematic manner
- Avoid questionable research practices and maintain credibility of data
- Write up and report results in compliance with APA guidelines
Learning Objective: Improve your scientific and technical writing skills.
You will learn how to:
- Structure and organize a scientific paper or technical report
- Write a concise executive summary and a thorough introduction to a paper
- Appropriately detail methodology of field and laboratory studies
- Prepare manuscripts, scientific and technical reports, and other formal documents for publication
Ideal Candidate Qualifications
· Currently enrolled in an accredited Ph.D. program
· Maintain a strong academic standing
· Knowledge of psychometrics, individual differences, and research methods
· Basic understanding of qualitative and quantitative data analyses
· Working knowledge of SPSS, Microsoft Office programs
· Strong oral and written communication skills
· Strong teamwork skills
· High detail orientation
· Strategic thinking skills
· Self-directed motivation
About the Consortium Research Fellows Program
The Consortium Research Fellows Program (CRFP) began in 1981 as a partnership between the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI) and the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The goal of this partnership was to provide some of the nation's best and brightest graduate students in the behavioral and social sciences with an opportunity to work in a Federal Government agency research setting. In the years since its inception, the CRFP has expanded in both size and mission. The current goals of the CRFP are to provide educationally-relevant, well-paid, professional experiences for undergraduate and graduate students, provide research opportunities for faculty, provide high-quality technical and analytical support to sponsoring agencies, and groom a new generation of scientists, who either directly as government employees, or indirectly as contractors, will support Department of Defense (DoD) Research & Development now and in the future.
The government gains over 35 person-years of effort from CRFP Research Fellows each calendar year and benefits from the fresh perspectives students bring as a result of studying the latest research and practice in their disciplines.
About the U.S. Army Research Institute
The mission of the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral & Social Sciences (ARI) is to maximize individual and unit performance and readiness to meet Army operational requirements through advances in the behavioral and social sciences. ARI is the Army's primary laboratory conducting research and analysis on personnel performance and training. Their focus is on the human element in the Army so that the research and analysis contributes to the entire life cycle of recruiting, selection, assignment, training, and mission performance. ARI provides new technology to meet the personnel and training challenges of the Army, conducts studies and analyses to address short-term issues and respond to emerging "hot topics," and provides technical assistance on critical issues affecting all parts of the Army as an organization, the people, and the technologies for the future.
ARI’s research lineage traces its earliest beginnings to the advent of military psychology and a meeting of experimental psychologists who gathered at Harvard University in 1917 to discuss how psychology and the application of its scientific methods could support national defense. In August 1917, the Secretary of War established, with ten psychologists, the Committee on Classification of Personnel in the Army. The committee’s work was marked by notable achievements in developing tools and procedures for scientific enhancements in personnel management, to include personnel selection and classification, and performance tests.
ARI's organizational lineage is traced to the establishment of the Committee on Selection and Classification of Military Personnel at the start of World War II. The Adjutant General of the U.S. Army requested that the National Research Council create the committee as an advisory group on matters of Soldier selection and classification. The original committee members included many prominent psychologists of the day, such as Walter V. Bingham, C. L. Shartle, and L.L. Thurstone. During the post-World War II period, research focused on personnel testing and test development, and expanded behavioral science research in the areas of training, human engineering, social psychology, and physiological psychology.
Today, ARI's Science and Technology research is focused on developing innovative measures and methods to improve and enhance the Soldier lifecycle, conducting scientific assessments and providing behavioral and social science advice to inform human resource policies, and developing fundamental theories and investigating new domain areas in behavioral and social sciences with high potential impact on Army issues.
We encourage qualified candidates, interested students, faculty, and other interested conference attendees to contact Dr. Scott A. Beal with questions or to engage in further discussion.
Dr. Beal will schedule time at this SIOP conference to speak with you, personally.
Dr. Scott A. Beal
Director, Consortium Research Fellows Program
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives,
Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area