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LearnLab Summer Internship

Acceptance Decisions Postponed to 3/10/2012


1.                     Program Name/Research Position Title: Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center/Research Assistant

2.                     Intern Program Director: Carolyn Rose and Tim Nokes

3.                     Email questions to:  

Send completed applications to:
LearnLab - Summer Internship Program
c/o Jo Bodnar
3526 Newell-Simon Hall - HCII
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

4.                     Program/Research website:

5.                     Program Description:

LearnLab, fomerly known as the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center (PSLC), at Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh has an exciting summer research opportunity available to undergraduate students. This program encourages applications from students who would like to do research in the fields of psychology, education, computer science, human-computer interfaces and language technologies.

LearnLab's program provides support for talented undergraduates to spend 8 weeks during the summer in a research laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University or the University of Pittsburgh. The program aims to encourage the participation of underrepresented students in our graduate programs and to make LearnLab's programs more visible to students not traditionally exposed to our fields. The program supports LearnLab's commitment to training a diverse set of science, technology, education, and psychology leaders. Applications will be considered from eligible students without regard to gender, race, or ethnicity.

Applications are encouraged from students who wish to conduct research in a modern academic research laboratory under the guidance of experienced scientists and engineers and experiment in real classroom environments. The program will expose students to the excitement and opportunities of a research career. This experience will provide excellent preparation for students interested in subsequently pursuing a Masters or Ph.D. degree. Although students from other years may apply, this opportunity is most fitting for a student at the end of the junior year of undergraduate studies.

Each student will receive a student fellowship stipend of $4000 for the eight-week program. Participants will also receive an allowance for housing and travel. In addition they may be interested in attending the one-week LearnLab summer workshop on authoring tools for educational technology and experiments. Here they will create parts of an Intelligent Tutoring System and conduct an experiment on human learning principles..

Students will work in the laboratory of a Carnegie Mellon or Pitt faculty member in a research area matched to the interests expressed in the student's application. Guidance and supervision of the research project will be provided by the faculty member as well as, in some cases, a postdoctoral fellow and/or advanced graduate student.

Seminars specific to the interns, LearnLab seminars and those held by Carnegie Mellon's Human Computer Interaction Institute and Language Technologies Institute and seminars at Pitt's Language Research and Development Center will be open to the students, giving them exposure to the whole range of research in our fields

Counseling and advice will be provided on a variety of topics, including graduate admissions and career opportunities in science, education, computer science and engineering.

6.                     Program Benefits:

There are several benefits that the participating student can accumulate. If the project in the summer is of high quality and has added value to an ongoing research project, the student may be asked to be a coauthor on the research team's publication on that subject. The addition of a publication to the resume of a graduate school applicant always greatly improves the application. Naturally, if the quality of the research is high, the faculty member who advised the student would likely be willing to write a letter of recommendation for the student. This also improves an application. Finally, the environment that the student has been in for the summer should contribute to the quality of the student's application essay, another plus in an application.

There are scholarships available for graduate research on projects in LearnLab. The student should inquire about these possibilities during the summer apprenticeship.

Finally, a summer spent in one of the National Science Foundation's premier project areas is a plus in an application whether it be for entry to Carnegie Mellon or the University of Pittsburgh or to any other institution.

7.      Program Provisions (transportation, housing, food, stipend etc): See above

8.      Program Dates: Students may start their projects on Monday June 4, 2012 and finish on Friday, July 27, 2012. Submission of an application indicates that the applicant agrees to be present from June 4 to July 27, 2012 inclusive. They are expected to be present on Sunday evening, June 3, 2012 for a welcoming reception and information session.

9.      Application Deadline: Deadline for applications is February 15, 2012. Students will be informed of our decision by March 1, 2012.

10.     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 capable of doing the research 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.

11.     Number of slots/ positions available: LearnLab can accommodate as many as 10 positions, although in any given year, we may decide to fund less than 10 applicants

12.     Funding Source (if applicable): National Science Foundation

13.     Partner Institutions: Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Learning, and Carnegie Speech Company


Download :

Application for LearnLab Internship

Send completed applications to:
LearnLab - Summer Internship Program
c/o Jo Bodnar
3526 Newell-Simon Hall - HCII
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213