Independent Study

DEL Lab is seeking motivated undergraduate students to join our lab as independent study students. Our lab’s mission is to advance theories of cognition by studying the mechanisms by which humans learn and develop. By working in our lab, the independent study students will learn about the research questions we ask, the theoretical backgrounds, and the methods we use to investigate our questions — such as using eye-tracking to study children and adults’ attention patterns during learning and using computational modeling to ask whether AI systems can learn in ways that are analogous to humans.

We are seeking curious students who are motivated to assist us with and learn more about our research. Given that our developmental research involves working with children, we prefer applicants with experience working with children between one and seven years of age. Given that we also work with computational modeling, priority will also be given to students who have experience with data science, programming, and modeling. The students will likely engage with various tasks related to cognitive development research, including but not limited to literature review, designing experimental stimuli, recruiting participants, conducting behavioral and eye-tracking experiments, data analysis, and preparing presentations. The students will have ample opportunity to interact with members of the lab—including the PI, lab coordinator, and other graduate and master's students—through regular meetings and discussions. These experiences will be very valuable for undergraduate students who aim to pursue a future career in research and/or graduate school.

How to Apply

To apply for an independent study opportunity, please follow the following steps:

Applications for the Spring 2024 Semester open in December and are due by January 8th, 2024.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you!

Interested in joining us but have questions? Get in touch here: dellab@colorado.edu