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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Are you interested in the mental processes that allow people to have conversations? Ever notice that how someone says something can be as important as what they say? Work in the Communication and Language Lab and help with studies of conversation and speech.

Responsibilities include:

  • Designing stimuli
  • Using an eye-tracker
  • Running experiment sessions
  • Coding Data

Research assistants in the CaLL lab work closely with a lab member on one or more research projects relating to language and communication. Students interested in working in the CaLL lab are encouraged to read some of the papers coming out of the lab. This is not an exhaustive list of the projects currently underway, but it will give you a flavor of the type of projects you could be working on. General Questions should be directed to the Lab Coordinator at the email address below.

If you’re interested, contact

Graduate Research Opportunities

Go here to apply for a doctorate in Psychological Sciences.

Postdoctoral Research Opportunities

Application Deadline: August 1, 2020

Applying Natural Language Processing to understand the role of reading experiences in reading development and syntactic processingIncreasingly, we are reading and consuming digital media. Unaddressed in existing research is the question of how these experiences with print and non-print media impact language processing in readers. This NIH funded study will seek to develop novel measures of digital print exposure in order to examine links between language experiences and syntactic processing. We are recruiting a postdoctoral researcher to support these efforts at Vanderbilt University, Peabody College (PI, Dr. Duane Watson, Co-PI, Dr. Emily Phillips Galloway), and to collaborate with team members at the University of Pittsburgh (Co-PI, Tessa Warren). This one year postdoctoral opportunity (with the possibility of additional years of funding) will begin in September of 2020.

The ideal candidate will bring knowledge of the online administration of psycholinguistic experiments, including the design, programming, and collection of data from participants. Demonstrated ability to manage complex data collection systems will be necessary. Additional desired skills include skill in using digital tools to engage in mining from digital text, (uncertainty) reasoning and/or natural language processing, experience managing and assembling corpora, as well as an interest in applying this knowledge to problems of importance for education/applied linguistics. Specifically, candidates with experience applying natural language processing to examine language or literacy development will be given preference. Candidates interested in interdisciplinary work, and with applying research to education will also be given preference. He/she/they should plan to obtain a PhD by August of 2020 or have completed this degree within the last 5 years. He/she/they should be eager to work in a collaborative team, and have a demonstrated record of academic achievement. At Vanderbilt, we offer comprehensive benefits and competitive salary. We are an inclusive work environment.

Interested candidates should submit a CV and letter of interest to Emily Phillips Galloway ( and Duane Watson ( by August 1, 2020.