For Students

Interested in being a lab assistant?


For students who are interested in participating in language development or speech perception research, the Language Development Laboratory provides you the opportunity to gain valuable research skills, and to have closer interactions with faculty in the department.

Students can participate through the MCUR program, through departmental honors (in multiple departments), or can receive HESP499 pass/fail credit, working under the supervision of Dr. Newman. The laboratory also accepts summer interns for students wishing to gain research experience outside of the academic year; you do not need to be a student at the University to participate in this. Students will assist in:


The focus is on breadth of research experience, so students participate in all of the projects the lab is working on in a given semester (rather than being assigned to a single project) - usually this involves at least 10 different studies per semester.


However, advanced students have the opportunity to develop their own independent research project in addition or instead of general lab participation. To help put the lab's research into a broader perspective, students participate in bimonthly lab meetings involving critical readings and discussion of recent research in the field.

Students are expected to participate in bimonthly meetings, read journal articles, and are required to work at the lab for a minimum of 6 hours a week. Lab participation generally requires a minimum GPA of 3.4, and lab positions tend to fill quickly. If you are interested in participating in lab research, please contact Dr. Newman at