Updated a list of things I applied to but did not make it through here
P.S These are not arranged in order of the month but in the year.
2021 list of labs
Harvard University, Internship, no response. (Update: I did try again later and worked during the summer as a RA at the same lab in 2022)
Northwestern University, no response.
Stanford University, no response (one of the labs not all). - P.S I was a Research Assistant at one of the labs for 2 months in 2022 later and had to discontinue due to some professional disagreements.
New York University, (NYU), one lab - no response, and another was rejected. (Update: I did try again in 2023 and am now an RA here).
Columbia University, no response.
University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) rejected (one of the labs) - Update: I worked remotely at another department (Linguistics) and lab during the summer.
**Additionally I applied to a lot more labs in the same university and or had more that I lost track of due to rejections and or no response :)
2022 list of labs (the year that changed a lot of things)
The University of Cambridge, no response. (Update: I am currently working here now after receiving a response months later).
Penn State University made it through the interview and last-minute update on not being able to take on more remote RAs.
Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, (IIT-B) no response.
Indian Institue of Technology, Kanpur, (IIT-K) no response.
University College London (UCL), no response
Duke University, the labs I applied did not take students for volunteer RA positions outside of the affiliation.
University of California, Berkeley, (UCB) Internship, rejected.
Temple University, Internship, rejected.
University of California, Berkeley, no available remote position in the lab
I have also written an article on my two cents on the above that caters to taking the step to apply to such positions as an International student and just a summary of my experience with the above. - Again not an expert, just my personal experiences and views.
I applied for an internship to work with the ethics committee but was unfortunately waitlisted.
I received a total of 6 rejections from travel awards to travel for the in-person conferences for my abstracts were selected (eg: SIPS 2023, ISDP 2023, Flux 2023, CNS 2024, CBCD Workshop 2023, summer school 2023)
Multiple microgrants were rejected as well for the Project USPAS initiative
July 2023: I was accepted and started working as a Research Assistant to work remotely with New York University at Dr. Brito's ISLAND Lab
July 2023: Munna & I organized the CogSci BLR 2023 which was a hybrid event focused on members interested in cognitive science and allied sciences.
July 2023: I was awarded the Young Investigator Award by the Fetal, Infant & Toddler Neuroimaging Group (FIT'NG). I also presented a poster at the FIT'NG 2023 conference. Here's the Poster + video presentation|
August 2023: I was selected as an experiential advisory board member among a huge pool of applicants to serve on the group of 10 lived experience experts for Project GALENOS
August 2023: I gave another invited talk to Nigerian students on expanding the boundaries of Psychology: The importance of an interdisciplinary lens from the Global South. The slides for the talk are here.
October 2023: I was selected as a co-creator for Sangath India's Queer Chronicles. I was also awarded a fully-funded travel award and accommodation for the in-person workshop and meeting.
October 2023: I was honored to speak at the invited panel discussion at the Big Team Science (BTS) 2023 conference for the topic I am leading in a big team science paper on open science in developing nations. You can read about the project here. I also co-led a hackathon session on diversifying infant studies and had a great discussion, you can find more information here.
November 2023: I was selected from a huge pool of applicants to serve as a Youth Advocate at UNICEF India's YuWaah’s cohort of Youth Advisory 2023-2024.
November 2023: I am honored to be selected as one of the five youth reviewers to serve on the 2nd Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing - Multi-disciplinary Adolescent and Youth Review Group.
January 2023: I became the Founder of the Project USPAS (Underrepresented Students of Psychology & Allied Sciences) Website is here |
**Restarted this project from January, originally founded in 2022 June from a strong roundtable discussion at the SIPS 2022 conference.
January 2023: I gave an invited talk on writing SRHR articles at the Pratisandhi Foundation.
January 2023: I was invited to talk about navigating research opportunities on the YouTube channel - College Companion by Siddharth Gupta
February 2023: Munna & I received our first microgrant (1200$) for co-organizing CogSci BLR Meet-up 2023 (blog about it coming soon)
May 2023: I was invited to another wonderful panel discussion on navigating academia and PhD applications as an International Student organized by Virginia Commonwealth University. You can watch the video here.
May 2023: I was selected for Sangath India's Peer for Equity (P4E) fellowship focused on research and advocacy work for the disabled community. I was awarded 30,000 INR for the short-term fellowship and the output was a research proposal (will be putting it out publically).
June 2023: I started working as a research collaborator with the University of Cambridge.
July 2022: I led a workshop in the workshop series called Neurathon organized by Simply Neuroscience on navigating academic opportunities 101. Spoke about creating and navigating academic Twitter + different ways of approaching academic opportunities. You can find the video of the workshop here.
July 2022: My abstract for a pre-data poster was accepted at the 38th Annual Psychology Postgraduate Affairs group conference 2022 organized by the British Psychological Society 2022. My pre-data poster WON THE BEST POSTER AWARD with a small cash prize.
July 2022: I joined as a committee member of the Inclusive, Diversity, Equity, Access (IDEA) Committee at the Society For The Improvement Of Psychological Science (SIPS)
December 2022: I won the Best Google Site Award organized by The Academic Designer, LLC
Feb 2022: I was accepted to my first ever virtual Research Assistant Position at @Harvard's Spelke Lab and I worked there during the summer.
Feb 2022: I started to mentor pro-bono in navigating such research opportunities. Update: I have crossed 70+ students reviewing applications pro-bono
March 2022: I received my first-ever acceptance to an International conference to present my first-ever paper. I will be presenting my paper at the 5th Annual Diversifying Scholarship Research Conference Conference.
March 2022: I was accepted and started working during the summer as a research intern at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (IIT-GN), India.
April 2022 (birthday month): I received my first-ever acceptance to an International conference to present my first-ever paper. I will be presenting my paper at the 5th Annual Diversifying Scholarship Research Conference Conference.
May 2022: Super excited to announce that I accepted the Research Assistant Position at UCLA Language Lab and will remotely contribute to the lab with different sci-comm & conducting experiments remotely on infants.
May 2022: I got invited to be one of the panelists at a virtual conference. This conference aimed to educate & advocate for the public about Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). I spoke on the lived experience and navigating BPD. One main reason why I am particularly excited was to bring in the non-WEIRD country's perspective to this panel.