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For Students: University of Wisconsin - Madison

Prospective Graduate Students

Jan Edwards will be considering applications for new PhD students for the 2014-2015 academic year. Please contact her directly for more information. It is a good idea to first check out the projects and publications sections of this website to see if you are interested in the kind of work that we do. Also take a look at the UW Graduate Program in Communicative Disorders for more information.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

The Learning To Talk Lab 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, scoring standardized tests, entering data, acoustic analysis (after training) and developing materials for experiments. 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 and plan experiments. We also have a monthly meeting to discuss a journal article or book chapter.

We require at least a 3.0 GPA and a two semester commitment. We strongly prefer students who have already taken CS&D 315.  To apply, please contact Nancy Wermuth 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 Nancy Wermuthany time to set up an appointment.

Undergraduate FAQ

Can I work for pay?

The position is unpaid, at least at first. Students work for us for credit (usually 2-3 credits of CS&D 698, which translates to 8 or 12 hours a week) before we will hire them as student hourlies. Most students are offered the opportunity to take on extra hours for pay or to work for pay over the summer after they have been in the lab a semester or two.

Can I do an undergraduate honor’s thesis in the Learning To Talk Lab?

Yes.  Please read Honors and Distinction in the Major. You should contact Jan Edwards directly if you are interested in doing an undergraduate honor’s thesis.

How do I apply to work in the lab?

To apply, please contact Nancy Wermuth 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 UW Student Record or DARS report works fine) and a simple resume highlighting any experience you have had with children, research, computers, phonetics, 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 projects and check out our recent publications before applying to see if our lab would be a good fit for your research interests.