Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate research assistants are an integral part of the Learning to Talk Lab. We generally have several openings every semester for new undergraduate students to join the lab. 

Undergraduate research assistants will have opportunities to experience all aspects of research in our lab, from developing materials for experiments, to interacting directly with families who participate in our studies, to analyzing data. Other responsibilities may include recruitment of project participants, transcribing and coding verbal interactions, scoring standardized tests, entering and coding data, and acoustic analysis. Students also attend regular lab meetings to review data, discuss research projects and topics of interest, and plan experiments. We are always developing new research studies and we encourage students at every level to be involved in planning these studies. 

Typically, students receive course credit for their work in our lab (usually 2 or 3 credits of HESP 499, which translates to 6 or 9 hours a week). Students may also volunteer their time in the lab (usually 6 to 9 hours a week). Hourly paid positions are available for experienced lab members during the academic year and some hourly paid positions are also available over the summer. Preference will be given to students who can make at least a two-semester commitment to working in the lab.

If you are interested in joining our research team as an undergraduate research assistant, please email your resume, unofficial transcript, and current schedule to our Lab Manager, Tatiana Thonesavanh, here.

If you are interested in doing an undergraduate honor’s thesis or other focused research project, please contact Professor Jan Edwards here.