Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program

LRDC Summer Undergraduate
Research Internship Program*

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*Unfortunately, we are unable to offer the Learning Research and Development Center Summer Undergraduate Internship this year. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to safely guarantee housing and laboratory work in our Center beginning in early summer. We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy at this difficult time.

The Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program seeks to promote broader participation in training in the Learning Sciences.

We bring students to LRDC who embody the diversity of our nation, region, and city. LRDC interns gain experience in the Learning Sciences (research on instruction and learning) by working projects with a faculty members who specialize in this area. Interns may also work with advanced graduate students or postdoctoral fellows in the faculty members' labs.

Faculty have primary appointments in the Department of Psychology, and the Schools of Education, Law, and Computing and Information. For a list of potential faculty mentors and research topics, see here. Although applications from all undergraduate students will be considered, these internships are most appropriate for students who will be entering the final year of undergraduate study.

These internships will provide valuable experience for students who intend to apply for graduate programs, and will include professional development seminars run by the internship co-directors, other faculty, and LRDC graduate students. We especially welcome applications from students who are interested in applying to one of our PhD programs. Professional development programs include topics such as applying to graduate school, writing a research statement, writing a CV, the imposter phenomenon, stereotype threat, and presenting research.

The program concludes with a poster session at which the interns present what they have learned to the entire LRDC community.

The 2020 internship program will run from June 1st-July 31st, 2020 and all participants are expected to be in residence for the entire program. Housing and a stipend will be provided. A limited number of travel supplements are available to fund student travel to and from Pittsburgh. Eligibility requirements: Students should have a primary field of study in an area relevant to the learning sciences. GPA should be over 3.0, however promise can be demonstrated through other means, such as student letters of recommendation, student background, research experience, etc. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Institution. Women and members of under-represented minority groups are especially encouraged to apply. The application deadline is March 30th. Applications should be completed at the following website: . Applicants will be informed of the decision by April 6th. We will be monitoring concerns surrounding COVID-19, and will notify finalists if the feasibility of the internship changes.

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