Prospective Students


Please feel free to email Dr. Goldstein (tgoldste[at]gmu[dot]edu) to discuss how you might get involved.




Undergraduates at George Mason University 
If you are interested in obtaining research experience in social and emotional learning or developmental science, please contact Dr. Goldstein.  Mason undergraduates can participate in the lab as volunteers, for course credit, for work study, or with the OSCAR program.

Summer Interns
The lab hoted our paid internship in the Summer of 2023 in Fairfax, VA.  We are not sure whether we will be hosting a paid summer internship in 2024. If we do, the application for 2024 will be released in January of 2024 via social media, listserves, and posting here.

Masters Students

For 2023-2024 admissions cycle, we are looking for masters students who are interested in any combination of field-based, school-based, and laboratory work. MA students work on current research projects and are welcome to bring their own research ideas and studies into the lab.

Doctoral Students

For the 2023-2024 admissions season, the lab anticipates taking one student. We are interested in students who want to investigate questions in social and emotional intervention, learning, and imaginative/ theatrical experiences. Previous experience in a variety of settings (schools, laboratory experiments), methodological techniques (qualitative, GLM, HLM) and ages are particularly welcome. Please feel free to contact Dr. Goldstein if you’d like to arrange for a meeting in advance of your application, typically in the spring semester or early in the Fall of the year you apply.

There are a number of nice resources online to help prospective students think about faculty advising, CVs, Statements of Purpose and other information about applying to graduate school in Psychology.  While each University has its own process and application portal, these websites include general information that you may find helpful as you prepare your application to the PLAY lab at George Mason University.