The Cognitive Science department at Johns Hopkins is committed to an inclusive environment where undergraduate students can receive research experience to explore careers in Cognitive Science. There are opportunities available to perform research for credit, as well as grants available to support research as a paid job. Many professors are actively seeking research assistants. Sometimes opportunities may be posted on this webpage, a lab site, or on ForagerOne. Even if a faculty of interest has not actively posted about an RA position, students are encouraged to contact them to inquire about potential research positions. HOUR provides a very helpful ‘how-to’ for this.
Further down the road, if you enjoyed the research, consider applying to graduate school to study Cognitive Science or related topics. Pursuing a PhD is more like a job than being an undergraduate student: PhD programs often pay a full-time stipend and health benefits to support you as you take ownership of a research topic. People come to graduate school from a variety of backgrounds. Advanced degrees in Cognitive Science can lead to careers within or outside of academia. For example, some of our alumni currently work at NASA as a Technical Writer, at Apple as a Research Engineer, at various organizations as research scientists, and more. Talk to your advisor, another professor, or a graduate student for advice on applying to graduate programs.