Who Can Apply for this Program?
Anyone who is an undergraduate student may apply. We are especially interested in students who do not already have access to research opportunities at school, including students at OSU’s regional campuses and students at community colleges such as Colmbus State CC. If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, please be sure to let us know so that we may make appropriate arrangements for your participation in the program.
Home institutions of previous interns have included:
Ohio State University, Columbus campus
Ohio State University, Marion campus
Columbus State Community College
U. of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
Upper Iowa University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Southern Arkansas University
What is the Time Commitment for this Program?
The program runs for ten weeks, from May 23rd to July 29th 2016. Students are expected to attended all classes and scheduled research and outreach hours. Students with summer plans involving travel during the run of the program should wait and apply in a subsequent year when their schedules permit full attendance. The time commitment is 35 hours per week throughout. During the first 2 weeks of the program, these hours will be set for all students and consist primarily of classroom sessions, held between 8am and 5pm Monday-Friday. After the first two weeks, hours will be split between classroom time and hands-on research and outreach. The latter will scheduled on a week-by-week basis, during the hours COSI is open to the public (10am-5pm daily).
What will I get to do?
The internship consists of three distinct elements: classroom sessions, hands-on research training 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 will 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 aspect 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?
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. Laura Wagner
Dr. Kathryn Campbell-Kibler
Dr. Cynthia Clopper
Dr. Lawrence L. Feth
Dr. Christina M. Roup
Dr. Rachael Frush Holt
Dr. Nikole Patson-Huffman
Dr. Shari Speer
I’ve never done any research or outreach before, is that OK?
Yes! Interns will receive training in both research and outreach techniniques, 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 $5000 for the full program). In addition, the program will cover parking costs and provide full access to OSU resources.
How do I get to COSI?
COSI is located at 333 w. Broad St. in Columbus, OH. The Language Sciences Research Lab is on the second floor in the Life Exhibit.
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 recommenation letters for school and jobs,and improving your resume .
How do I apply?
You can find the application on the Applications page.
What if I have more questions?
Feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.