The Learning to Talk project at the University of Minnesota generally has several openings every semester for new undergraduate students to join the lab. Research assistants participate in all aspects of the lab, including running experiments, helping score the various tests we give, and recruiting new research participants by letter and phone. We encourage undergraduates to be actively involved in the intellectual life of the lab, and to that end we have a weekly lab meeting during fall and spring semesters in which we review data, plan experiments, and discuss a weekly reading assignment.
We require at least a 3.2 GPA and a two semester commitment. To apply, please contact the lab manager in mid-October to apply for the following spring, or around spring break to apply for summer or fall.
If you have any questions, or would like to come see the lab, feel free to contact us any time to set up an appointment.
Can I work for pay?
The position is unpaid. Students work for us for credit (usually 2 credits of SLHS 3994 - which translates to 6 hours of work a week). If salaried positions are available, preference will be given to students who have more seniority and demonstrated success working in the lab.
Can I use lab work as an honors experience?
Yes, though this will require advanced planning with Dr. Munson to ensure that it meets the Honors Program's requirements.
How do I apply to work in the lab?
To apply, please contact the lab manager in mid-October to apply for the following spring, or around spring break to apply for summer or fall. You will be asked to provide an unofficial transcript (your unofficial transcript from Onestop will suffice) and a rough resume highlighting any experience you have had with kids, research, computers, phones, AV equipment, and anything else you think would make you a competitive applicant for working in the lab. It is a good idea to read about our current research and check out our recent publications before applying to see if our lab would be a good fit for your research interests.