Who can apply for this program? 

All undergraduate students may apply.

We are especially interested in students at OSU’s regional campuses, at community colleges, including Columbus State Community College, and at smaller schools with fewer research opportunities.

Home institutions of previous interns have included:
– Ohio State University, Columbus campus
– Ohio State University, Marion campus
– Columbus State Community College
– University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
– Upper Iowa University
– Ohio Wesleyan University
– Kenyon College
– Southern Arkansas University


What is the time commitment for this program?

The 2022 program will run for 8 weeks, from May 23 to July 15. Students with significant other commitments during the run of the program will not be a good fit for the program. The time commitment is 35 hours per week throughout.


What will I get to do?

The internship consists of three distinct elements: classroom sessions, hands-on training in research, and hands-on training in informal science education.

The Language Pod conducts research on many different aspects of language, including how children learn their native language; how people understand language as they listen to it; how people perceive, produce, and interpret regional accents; and more! Interns will learn about the ethics of human subjects research and how to appropriately recruit and consent human research participants. They will also work one-on-one with Ohio State University faculty members and contribute meaningfully to an ongoing research project.

The Pod is also an integral part of the Center of Science and Industry (COSI). Interns will be trained in informal science techniques by OSU faculty and COSI staff. They will shadow more experienced students and eventually work on the floor of COSI, teaching the public about language and the mind using engaging interactive demonstrations.


What are the language sciences?

Language science is a broad term we use to refer to fields that use scientific methods to investigate different aspects of speech and language. The researchers in our lab come primarily from the fields of linguistics, psychology, education, speech language pathology, and audiology. There are many different questions one can ask about language using scientific methods, including:

– Are objects referred to by plural and singular nouns represented differently in the mind when reading?
– Is it possible to ignore someone’s face when assessing how much of an accent their voice has?
– How soon can children recognize different regional accents?

If you’d like to learn more about the language sciences, you can check out the following resources:

What is linguistics?
About Speech-Language Pathology
What is an audiologist?


Who will I work with?

Our faculty mentors work on a variety of different language topics and use many different methods. They come from the departments of Linguistics, Psychology, Speech & Hearing Sciences, and Teaching & Learning. The projects and mentors for each year are different, but in the past, interns have worked with:

Dr. Kathryn Campbell-Kibler
Dr. Cynthia Clopper
Dr. Lawrence L. Feth
Dr. Rachael Frush Holt
Dr. Nikole Patson
Dr. Christina M. Roup
Dr. Laura Wagner

I’ve never done any research or outreach before, is that OK?

Yes! Interns will receive training in both research and outreach techniques, and they will also receive attention and feedback from faculty during the program. We welcome all students who want to learn!


Will I get paid?

Yes! Interns will receive a stipend for the summer of approximately $500/week (or $4000 for the full program). In addition, the program will provide full access to OSU virtual resources.


How will this program help me with my future plans?

This program will provide you with training in language sciences, in how to do research, and in how to conduct outreach. It will give you an opportunity to develop critical academic skills as well as public speaking skills. You will be able to use these skills to further your academic career, and they will be extremely useful for a variety of professional careers.

In addition, this program will provide professional development advice about going to graduate school, getting recommendation letters for school and jobs, and improving your resume .


How will the Covid-19 pandemic affect the program?

We are planning to run fully in person depending on the status of the pandemic. Please be aware that OSU has a Covid-19 vaccine mandate for everyone working at the University included REU participants.


How do I apply?

You can find the application on the Application Information page.


What if I have more questions?

Feel free to send us an email at bln@osu.edu. We’re happy to help!