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LearnLab Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates

Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh have an exciting opportunity summer research experience for undergraduates (REU) available for undergraduates. This REU program is sponsored by LearnLab, a Science of Learning Center funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). We encourage applications from students who would like to conduct research in the fields of psychology, education, computer science, human-computer interfaces and language technologies. LearnLab’s REU program allows talented undergraduates to spend 8 weeks during the summer in a research laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, or one of our research partners.  The REU program supports LearnLab’s commitment to training a diverse set of science, technology, education, and psychology leaders.

Program Dates: Students will begin their research experience on Sunday, June 1, 2014 with a welcoming reception and information session.  The REU program will end on Friday July 25, 2014 with a poster session in the afternoon.

Application Deadline: Deadline for applications is February 17, 2014. Students will be informed of our decision by March 3, 2014.

Minimum Requirements: Students should have a minimum of 3.5 GPA out of 4.0 although we will consider students who show by other measures that they are exceptional and who have GPAs over 3.2. Class standing and grades in specific subjects that are close to the field of research will also be considered, as are recommendations.  Students must also be United States citizens or have a current F1 visa.

Learn more at: http://www.learnlab.org/opportunities/LearnLab_Summer_REU.php

Research Opportunity: Early Muslim Historiography – Reports on Muhammad’s Jewish Wives

Con­tact Name: Hamza M. Zafer

Con­tact Email: hmzafer[at]uw.edu

Depart­ment: Near Eastern Languages and Civilization


Early Muslim historical sources mention the figures of Safiyya and Rayhana, Muhammad’s Jewish wives. I am currently working on an extended research project on the construction genealogy and gender in early Muslim sources and am interested in analyzing the depiction of these particular individuals who come to be called “Mothers of the Believers.” At this stage of the project, I’m collecting primary and secondary source material.


  1. Advanced knowledge of one (or more) of the following languages: Arabic, Hebrew, German and/or French
  2. Strong academic record at the UW
  3. Ability to work independently – strong organizational and analytical skills

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Research Opportunity: Asian Languages & Literature

Con­tact Name: Amy Ohta

Con­tact Email: aohta[at]uw.edu

Depart­ment: Asian Languages & Literature


This assistant may help with two different Interview research studies: 1) Study of Japanese language teaching and learning (interviews with Japanese language teachers and students), and 2) Study of bilingual development of children raised in Japanese/non-Japanese bilingual homes (interviews with parents, adult children, grandparents).

Assistant will: Learn transcription methodology. Transcribe interviews.

Interviews are in English, in general. Some interviews have code-switching into Japanese.

Academic credit is available.


Very strong English skills are necessary in order to understand and accurately transcribe native English speech. Understanding of Japanese is helpful, but not required. Interest in qualitative research, interview research, language teaching, or immigrant experience is helpful.

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