Graduate Students

Information for

Prospective Graduate Students

from Dr. Alyssa Croft


Prospective graduate students are sometimes advised to contact potential advisers by email to ask about current research interests. To make sure everyone has access to this information, I post it here (no need to email me separately):

Thank you for your interest in our lab! I will be considering graduate student applications for Fall 2022. These days, the collaborative work in our lab centers on three main lines of inquiry: (1) examining gender roles and stereotypes with an emphasis on rigid masculinity norms (as a way to better understand broader gender inequities), (2) looking at how people's current and anticipated behavior is affected by societal roles and expectations (with an increasing emphasis on highlighting intersectional identities) and (3) investigating the goals and motivations of people in the legal pipeline (e.g., law students, lawyers, judges) in order to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. You may want to connect to one or more of these themes in your application, or otherwise discuss why you think our lab would fit with and support your research interests. 


Want to know more about working in the lab? Here are some additional FAQs:

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)

  • 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).

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

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

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 and mentorship 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?

Here are a few important links for applicants:


With respect to the the interview process: I will likely conduct a round of phone/video interviews shortly after the department’s application deadline, after which a small number of candidates will be invited to Tucson for in-person interviews. (*Subject to change per the COVID-19 pandemic*) 

I look forward to reading your application!



Dr. Alyssa Croft

Assistant Professor

Psychology Dept.

University of Arizona

1503 E University Blvd

Tucson, AZ 85721