Research Opportunities

Extra Credit Research Participation

Many undergraduate CS&D courses offer students extra credit in exchange for research participation. Opportunities change throughout the year, so check back often for new experiences.

We value inclusion in all areas, but studies sometimes limit participation to specific groups of participants (e.g., bilingual adults, adults with normal hearing, etc.). If you are interested in research participation for extra credit but do not qualify for any active studies, please contact your instructor for alternatives.

Learn more about current extra credit research participation opportunities.

Undergraduate Research Group Contacts

Hearing Research

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Sriram Boothalingam, Ph.D., FAAA | Efferent Systems Laboratory

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Viji Easwar, Ph.D., M.SC. | Child Hearing Laboratory

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Cynthia Fowler, Ph.D., CCC-A | Fowler Research Group

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Ruth Litovsky, Ph.D. | Binaural Hearing & Speech Laboratory

Research Focus: Dr. Litovsky’s research focuses on how adults and children localize sounds and understand speech in background noise, with an emphasis on hearing via cochlear implant technology.

Lab Website: https://bhsl.waisman.wisc.edu/

Lab Contact: Shelly Godar (godar@waisman.wisc.edu)

Preferred Qualifications: No minimum GPA required, above 3.0 preferred; some coursework in Communication Sciences & Disorders or experience with individuals who have hearing loss preferred

How to Apply: Send resume, unofficial student record, and a brief statement of interest to the lab contact.

Language Research

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Susan Ellis Weismer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP | Language Processes Laboratory

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Susan Ellis Weismer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP | Little Listeners Laboratory

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Margarita Kaushanskaya, Ph.D. | Language Acquisition & Bilingualism Laboratory

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Kimberly Mueller, Ph.D., CCC-SLP | Cognitive-Communication in Aging and Neurogenic Disorders Laboratory (CCANDL)

Research Focus: speech, language, cognition, Alzheimer’s disease; Mild Cognitive Impairment; aging; dementia

Lab Website: https://ccandl.csd.wisc.edu/

Lab Contact: Leah Sanson-Miles (lsanson@wisc.edu)

Preferred Qualifications: strong interest in research; detail-oriented; commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; familiarity with Microsoft Office, excel, Teams; experience with SPSS or R a plus; CSD coursework a plus but not required

How to Apply: Email Leah Sanson-Miles (lsanson@wisc.edu)

Audra Sterling, Ph.D. | Research in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Laboratory

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Speech Research

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Katie Hustad, Ph.D., CCC-SLP | Wisconsin Intelligibility, Speech, and Communication Laboratory

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Ben Parrell, Ph.D. | Speech Motor Action + Control Laboratory

Research Focus: speech motor control, motor control and learning, neuroscience

Lab Website: https://smac.waisman.wisc.edu

Lab Contact: Ben Parrell, Ph.D. (bparrell@wisc.edu)

Preferred Qualifications: Some coursework in speech production and/or neuroscience is helpful but not required. Preference will be given to students with an interest in pursuing basic scientific research.

How to Apply: Apply Online; You must be logged on to your UW-Madison Google account to access the form.

Carrie Niziolek, Ph.D. | Brain, Language, & Acoustic Behavior (BLAB) Laboratory

Research Focus: neural basis of speech production, brain imaging

Lab Website: https://blab.wisc.edu/

Lab Contact: Carrie Niziolek, Ph.D. (cniziolek@wisc.edu)

Preferred Qualifications: Interest in our lab’s research projects (see blab.wisc.edu/research), interest in computer programming (no prior experience required)

How to Apply: Email lab contact with your resume and a few sentences explaining your interest in the lab.

Swallowing and Voice Research

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Michelle Ciucci, Ph.D., CCC-SLP | Ciucci Laboratory

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Nadine Connor, Ph.D., CCC-SLP | Connor Laboratory

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Nicole Rogus-Pulia, Ph.D., CCC-SLP | Swallowing and Salivary Bioscience Laboratory

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Susan Thibeault, Ph.D., CCC-SLP | Thibeault Research Group

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