Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs)

Posted February 16, 2022

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site: Developing Social Minds

The Boston College Developmental Psychology program is now accepting applications for our NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates summer internship. Summer interns will gain hands-on experience in all aspects of socio-cognitive developmental psychology research while also participating in professional development meetings and learning computer programming. This is an excellent program for students who want to learn more about research who may be interested in pursuing graduate school. Successful applicants will work full-time for 10 weeks from May 30 - Aug 5. Students will be paid $600 per week plus provided on-campus housing across 10 weeks to participate. 

This internship will take place in-person on Boston College’s campus. Students will be provided with on-campus housing in addition to their stipend. 

There are four participating developmental psychology labs. Students will be accepted to primarily work within one of these labs for the duration of the summer. Students will indicate their lab preference in the application.

Participating Labs:

THE CANINE COGNITION LAB (Dr. Angie Johnston) investigates the evolutionary origins of human social learning by comparing human children and pet dogs.

Building off of traditional developmental methods used with infants and children, interns will have the opportunity to gain new perspectives on classic developmental questions by investigating which aspects of human social learning are shared with dogs and which may be unique to humans. 

THE COOPERATION LAB (Dr. Katherine McAuliffe) studies how children acquire a sense of fairness, how they regulate their investment in cooperative endeavors, how the development of cooperation varies across different social and cultural contexts and how an emerging psychology of cooperation in children interfaces with other aspects of conceptual development like perspective taking and group bias.  

THE INFANT AND CHILD COGNITION LAB (Dr. Sara Cordes) studies how infants, children, and adults track number and acquire formal mathematical concepts (from verbal counting in preschoolers to algebraic concepts in teenagers), with a large focus on how learning of these concepts are influenced by social contexts and gender stereotypes. 

THE LANGUAGE LEARNING LAB (Dr. Joshua Hartshorne) takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying how children learn language. In addition to traditional developmental research methods, the lab makes use of massive online experiments, in which tens or even hundreds of thousands of children and adults participate in a single experiment, and computational models of language acquisition. 

Eligibility requirements: Students who are from underrepresented minority groups (Hispanics or Latinos, Blacks or African Americans, and American Indians or Alaska Natives), are first generation college students, are members of the LGBTQ+ community, or are veterans and who have had little or no research experience will be given priority. Additionally, applicants must be enrolled in an American undergraduate program and be entering their sophomore, junior or senior years. Interns will be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 including a booster shot in order to work on campus. 

Please (1) complete the application form: and (2) email your CV/resume to You may also submit an unofficial transcript via email, but it is optional. Review of applications will begin on March 1. No applications will be accepted after March 15. 

Posted February 16, 2022

University of California, Berkeley

Social Origins Lab 2022 Summer Internship

The Social Origins Lab at UC Berkeley, under the direction of Dr. Jan Engelmann, is now accepting applications for the summer 2022 internship program. The lab explores how social and cognitive abilities arise and interact with one another in human development and across species and cultures. In doing so, our research studies primarily involve working with children of various age ranges. Summer interns will work closely with graduate students and gain hands-on experience in multiple aspects of the research process. Responsibilities for interns will include running research studies with young children, helping to recruit participants, collecting and coding video data, and assisting with administrative tasks.

The 8-week internship will take place between June 1st - July 27th in Berkeley, CA. Interns will work approximately 30 hours/week and be offered a stipend of $2400.

The application deadline is March 16th.

For more information and to apply, please visit

Please direct any questions to Alissa Gomez at

Posted February 16, 2022

The Clark-Hill Institute (CHI) of Positive Youth Development is now accepting applications for the 2022 Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Community-Based Methods at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)!

This 10-week program is geared toward developing community engagement skills among early undergraduate students who are finishing their freshman or sophomore years. Applications will be considered from students who are finishing their junior year.
CHI Summer Undergraduate Scholars will complete a full-time internship working with research labs who are engaged in community-based research. Scholars will present at an end-of-summer celebration event and have the chance to submit their work to present at a national conference. The CHI Summer Undergraduate Research Program will be completed in-person in Richmond, Virginia. All scholars will be provided with housing and a meal stipend, reimbursement for travel to VCU, and will be awarded a stipend for their participation. VCU students are eligible to apply.

CHI Summer Undergraduate Scholars will also:

●       Receive mentorship from a CHI Faculty Member and a CHI Graduate Student
●       Learn basic skills in using community-based research skills (e.g., working with community advisory boards, recruiting community members for research, collecting and analyzing community-based data, giving presentations to community members)
●       Participate in professional development workshop on community engagement, community activism, and research
●       Take trips and engage in activities to learn about historical and contemporary issues of Black and Brown communities in Richmond, Virginia
The application deadline March 15, 2022 at 11:59 pm.
For more information about the Clark-Hill Institute of Positive Youth Development, visit our website at: 
To apply for the CHI Summer Undergraduate Research Program, visit the application portal:
For any questions about the CHI Summer Undergraduate Research Program, please email Drs. Fantasy Lozada ( and Chelsea Williams ( 

Posted December 8, 2021

NSF-REU Site: Comparative and Developmental Origins of Social Cognition at Yale

Dates: June 1 - August 5, 2022

The Canine Cognition Center and Social Cognitive Development Lab are seeking applicants for a summer 2022 NSF-REU program. The REU program is supported by an award from the U.S. National Science Foundation (Award #1659085) to Yale University as part of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program.  The broad goal of the Comparative and Developmental Origins of Social Cognition REU Site is to provide students from under-represented backgrounds with joint training in developmental and comparative psychology research. Students will gain experience investigating the origins of human social cognition from two different but related perspectives: developmental studies testing human children’s social understanding and comparative studies examining social cognition in domesticated dogs. The REU is coordinated by Psychology professors Dr. Laurie Santos and Dr. Yarrow Dunham.

REU students will have a rare opportunity to participate in all aspects of the research process: research design, subject recruitment, stimulus generation, data collection, data entry, coding, and statistical analysis. In addition, students will have the opportunity to interact as colleagues: participating in weekly lab meetings, reading current literature, contributing to theoretical discussions regarding the comparative and developmental origins of social cognition, and attending a professional development series focusing on topics such as applying to graduate school, getting the most out of your undergraduate career, etc. Students will meet weekly with a graduate student mentor, and the PI and co-PI will attend bi-monthly social events. The REU Fellowship includes a $500/week stipend and can cover limited travel costs.

To be eligible for the Yale REU program, applicants must:

  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • be a full-time student
  • have experience or be comfortable working around dogs
  • commit to the full 40 hr/ week 9-week internship, which will include at least some weekends

Women and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. NSF defines underrepresented groups as Alaska Natives, Native Americans, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders, and Persons with Disabilities. Applicants who are first generation college-going (neither of their parents graduated from college) and/or geographically isolated (separated by geographic barriers or distance) are also of special interest.

For more information and for our application, visit For any specific questions, feel free to email


Posted December 3, 2021

 A Geneseo alum (Yusuke Yamani) is running an REU program this year, in person, at Old Dominion University

Transportation REU Program:

Posted December 1, 2021

The REU Site in Computational Sensing for Human-centered AI

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site at RIT is inviting applications for summer 2022. In our program, undergraduate students will experience research and other career-enhancing activities in an interdisciplinary environment with special focus on Computational Sensing for Human-centered AI.

The REU students will receive a stipend of up to $6000, up to $600 for travel, and up to $1200 for meals. They will also stay free on campus.

Application deadline: February 15, 2022, 11:59 P.M. EDT.

Program duration: 10 weeks (May 31, 2022 -- August 5, 2022).

For more information, please visit

Posted November 2, 2021

Every summer, the Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior (CISAB), with generous support from the National Science Foundation, invites ten talented undergraduates to Bloomington, Indiana to work with IU faculty on individualized research projects in animal behavior.

Information on the 2022 REU Program in Animal Behavior at Indiana University and How to Apply.

Posted August 24, 2021

Below is information about a great funding opportunity from MITACS for strong senior undergraduate students from Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Taiwan, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States who are interested in coming to Canada for 12 weeks next summer to do research in a lab. There are projects available in most disciplines, with  specific projects available in at least 10 different developmental psychology labs and close to 150 projects across all areas of psychology.
The Globalink Research Internship, which provides a 12-week research project at Canadian universities for high-achieving senior undergraduates from around the world, is now accepting student applications. 
Approved students will travel to Canada between May and October 2022, where they will work with a faculty supervisor and other researchers at their host universities. Globalink research interns receive:  
·         Round-trip airfare to Canada (amount varies depending on country of origin) 
·         Stipend for housing and living expenses (amount varies depending on country of origin) 
·         Registration for industry events and professional development courses 
There is extensive information on our Globalink Research Internship website, where you can read more about eligibility requirements and how to apply. You can also read about the experiences of our past GRI participants.
The application deadline is September 22, 2021, at 1 p.m. (PT).  
If you have any questions about the program, contact us.