Graduate Students

Information for Prospective Graduate Students

from Dr. Alyssa Croft

**Note: I am NOT planning to take a student during the 2020 application cycle (to start Fall 2021).** 

If you are interested joining the Social Roles and Identity Lab as part of your graduate studies, please read through the following FAQ.


1. Is this lab a good fit for me?

I am looking for enthusiastic and dedicated graduate students with a strong interest in using social psychological tools to understand stereotypes and prejudice. Prospective graduate students should:

  • Have past research experience in a psychology lab (preferably social/personality or related)

  • Have solid scores on all sections of the GRE (although there is no strict cutoff, scores above the 80th percentile are typically considered competitive)

  • Have strong letters of recommendations from professors and research advisors who can specifically speak to your past experience, performance, and skills

  • Be interested in pursuing a research-focused academic career. A good “fit” between an advisor and a student’s research interests is essential for a productive and successful experience in graduate school. I am best able to supervise students who are broadly interested in the kind of research that is currently being conducted in the lab (see the Research section of this website for more information).

2. What can I expect as a graduate student?

Graduate students are responsible for the logistics of designing, conducting, and publishing their own research projects. Graduate students are also closely involved in the training of undergraduate research assistants, grant writing, and presentation of research at departmental meetings as well as national and international conferences.

  • I meet regularly with each of my graduate students to discuss progress on research projects and career goals. In addition, our lab meets regularly as a group to discuss our ongoing projects and recent relevant publications in the field. Graduate students in the social area also attend regular social psychology "brown bags" and seminars in our department.

  • I am always open to discussing new ideas with students, and several current ongoing projects in the lab were brainstormed together with, and designed on the initiative of, graduate students. I also encourage students to explore collaborations with other faculty members; many exciting and creative interdisciplinary projects get started this way. Learn about other fascinating research going on in our department here!

3. What should I know before I apply?

Important links for applicants include:


With respect to the the interview process: I will likely conduct a round of phone interviews shortly after the department’s application deadline, after which a small number of candidates will be invited to Tucson for in-person interviews.

I look forward to reading your application!



Dr. Alyssa Croft

Assistant Professor

Psychology Dept.

University of Arizona

1503 E University Blvd

Tucson, AZ 85721