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The research takes place at the University of Chicago in the Social Science Research Building. The Social Science research Building is located at the southeast corner of the main quad on campus. If you are interested in participating in our studies please fill out our online survey:

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Chicago undergraduate students can gain valuable research experience in the Phonology Lab, as volunteers or as Research Assistants for class credit. Undergraduates working in the Lab are involved in all aspects of our research; in particular, most RAs help us design, run, and analyze our various experiments exploring the phonological system of human language. Specific topics include phenomena such as the effect of speaking rate on tonal production, the effect of tone on duration perception, and the interaction of stress and segmental quantity. For more information on the precise nature of these projects, please see the brief descriptions and papers listed via the links above. Following a brief training in the methods and procedures we use to test our hypotheses, students immediately become involved in the actual analysis of phonetic and phonology data, testing of subjects, as well as in the planning of experiments, the construction of experimental stimuli, and the day-to-day running of the Lab. In addition to participating in several ongoing projects, RAs will be encouraged to develop their own projects. As such, these positions are ideal for students considering honors theses on such topics, or students looking for research experience in general. Students also join in weekly lab meetings in which we discuss the theoretical motivation for current experiments, results of recently completed experiments, possible next directions, relevant research findings from other labs, and so on. As an undergraduate in the Lab, you will acquire both a practical understanding of experimental techniques and principles that can be obtained only through hands-on research experience, and an appreciation of the theoretical issues addressed by our research. If this interests you, contact Prof. Yu (aclyu (AT) to set up a meeting to talk about our research opportunities.