The Cognition of Second Language Acquisition lab (http://bit.ly/Zv02wY), under the direction of Dr. Kara Morgan-Short, is looking for undergraduate research assistants for the upcoming academic year (Fall 2016 - Spring 2017). The lab uses brain-based (electrophysiology) and behavioral techniques to understand how the humans process native and second languages. Specific topics we have studied include (a) the effects of implicit, immersion-like versus explicit, classroom-like training on second language development and processing, (b) the processing of different aspects of language in native speakers, adult language learners and heritage speakers, and (c) the relationships between individual differences in cognitive abilities and second language acquisition.
In addition to participating in all aspects of research, RAs will attend lab meetings (Friday mornings 9-11 am), read up to one primary research article per week, and assist in some administrative tasks.
We are looking for undergraduates (preferably students who will begin the junior year in Fall 2016) who are majoring in Psychology, Spanish, Neuroscience or a related field, who are interested in linguistics, second language acquisition, and/or the neurocognitive bases of language acquisition and processing. The ideal undergraduate RA is intelligent, reliable, motivated, and eager to learn! Prior experience in a lab is not necessary. Preference is for RAs who can work in the lab 9 hours per week, who can participate in the lab for at least two semesters, and who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Working in the lab is challenging, fun, and a great way to learn firsthand how research is conducted. Course credit for SPAN 399 or PSCH 396 is available (if prerequisites have been met), and working as an RA can also fulfill the Honors College activity requirement.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete the application form available at http://bit.ly/170FstC.
Applications received by Wednesday, April 20th by noon will be reviewed immediately. Invitations will be sent by noon on Thursday, April 21st to attend a lab meeting (9-11am) and participate in a lab ‘open house’ interview (11am-1pm) on Friday 22nd. If you are not able to make the lab meeting and/or open house, different interview arrangements can be made.
If you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com or call us at 312-996-2278. We hope to hear from you soon!
~ The Cognition of Second Language Acquisition lab team