Looking for research experience? The Connecticut ASD and Language Lab (CALL) has periodic openings for UCONN undergrads with an interest in language acquisition, brain development, and autism. Undergraduates typically register for PSYC 3889 and stay in the lab for one academic year. They participate in weekly journal club discussions (run jointly with Prof. Deb Fein) and lab meetings, on Wednesdays 1:30-3:30.
RAs help to design, run, and analyze our various experiments exploring the nature of language development, language use, and related phenomena, in individuals with and without autism. In addition to participating in ongoing projects, RAs are strongly encouraged to develop their own senior or honors thesis projects. For more information, please see the brief descriptions and papers listed via links above. If you are interested in joining us, read on!
If you would like to join our research group, please make an appointment to speak with Dr. Eigsti (scheduling link is here) and send a follow-up email telling us:
- Your name, email address, major (if you have one), and class year
- Why are you interested in getting research experience? What specific research topics (however vague) are you especially excited by?
- What relevant courses have you taken? Any coursework in linguistics or language acquisition?
- Any prior research experience?
- Do you have experience with any form of computer programming? Are you interested in learning?
- Any prior experience with individuals with developmental disabilities?
Finally, we are always especially interested in RAs who have a keen interest in bootstrapping up to independent research, and who are interested in helping to extend our existing studies. To make an especially good impression, you might read several of our research papers and send along an idea for an extension or a related study….
In our lab, we are committed to building a welcoming and diverse community. We actively encourage women, people with disabilities, and members of any minority or under-represented group to apply.