Join the Lab

Our commitment to equity and diversity

Dr. Al-Aidroos and the Visual Cognitive Neuroscience Lab are committed to fostering an equitable, diverse, and inclusive space for undergraduate and graduate students interested in advancing our understanding of the human visual mind. Students from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply to lab positions. We recognize that there are barriers that prevent some groups of individuals entering and succeeding in academic careers, as we are committed to overcoming these barriers. Decisions about applications for lab positions will be based primarily on applicants statements about their interest in the research, and potential to benefit from the training we offer. While projects within the lab can be time consuming, the work can be completed flexibly to align with each students’ schedule.

Prospective graduate students:

We are looking for bright, enthusiastic graduate students to join the lab in Fall 2025. Applications are to the NACS-Psychology graduate program and are due January 15, 2025. Information on the application process is available on the Psychology Department Website. If you have questions, please contact Naseem Al-Aidroos.

Prospective undergraduate students:

We are next accepting new undergraduate project/thesis students for Fall 2025 (Fall 2024 positions have been filled). The types of available positions are described below. If you are interested, please email the application materials to Naseem Al-Aidroos by January 31, 2025. This website will be updated once the positions are filled.

Application materials

  • Statement of interest, and educational/career goals (300 words MAX). Please let me know why you are interested in working in our lab, and what your long-term educational/career goals are.
  • Sample piece of writing. Please provide one sample of writing that you think best illustrates your ability to think and communicate about research.
  • In your email, make sure to state whether you are seeking a volunteer position or a project course position
  • Any other information you think would be helpful (resume, transcripts, etc.)


There are numerous avenues for joining our lab as a University of Guelph undergraduate student:

  • Volunteer help with data collection: This is a good option for students in the their first or second year of undergrad.
  • Project courses: Through these courses you will work one-on-one with Naseem Al-Aidroos and/or a senior lab member to conduct a research project. These projects usually involve
    • PSYC*3240, PSYC*4240: These are one-term courses that are good options for students in their third year and above.
    • PSYC*4870/4880: The two-term Psychology Honours Thesis. The thesis course is designed for students planning to apply to graduate psychology programs
    • NEUR*4401/2: These courses offer similar experiences to the Psychology Honours Thesis.