LLaMA Lab Undergraduate Research Assistant application
Purdue’s Language Learning and Meaning Acquisition (LLAMA) Lab studies language learning and development using behavioral, electrophysiological and eye-tracking techniques. Broadly speaking, our lab is interested in studying how we use our world experience and knowledge to learn language. Research topics include:
• How do individual differences in ability and experience affect the way we understand and learn language?
• How do adults and children interpret sentences in everyday and novel situations?
• What do toddlers understand about word meanings?
• How do our brains rapidly learn new words?
• How can we identify markers of risk for language and learning disorders?

Undergraduates have the opportunity to participate in many aspects of the lab. Some typical tasks include:

• Assist in experiments with children
• Organize and clean datasets of early language development
• Observe and code parent and child interactions
• Develop child friendly experimental images and sounds
• Cultivate the public face of the lab (social media, website content, community outreach)

Note that due to the need for social distancing with COVID, we are primarily working online, with limited in-person lab interactions. We can discuss current projects with potential candidates.

We are currently considering applicants for Spring 2021. Please complete all responses below and a researcher from the lab will be in contact with you regarding your application.
Name (First and Last) *
Purdue Email Address *
Your Major(s) *
Year in School *
When do you plan to graduate? (Semester & Year) *
Overall GPA *
Major GPA *
Name and Course number and grade received for any related* courses you have completed *
*e.g. Including courses in SLHS, Psychology, Linguistics, HDFS, Stats, and other sciences (e.g. bio, chem, physics, computer)
Describe any prior experience working with children
Describe any computer software, statistical, and programming skills:
List any other relevant skills or experiences
(e.g. prior research experience, other languages spoken, technical or artistic skills, etc)
How many semesters would you like to be involved (you can select more than one)? *
How many credits are you interested in completing (1 credit = 3 lab hours/week)?
What days and times between 9am-5pm M-F are you available during the semester? *
Why are you interested in gaining research experience in the LLaMA lab? *
What aspects of our research projects are you interested in learning more about as part of this experience? *
In what way(s) do you hope to contribute to the lab mission and projects? *
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