Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

Project summaries are listed below, as well as information about whether professors are seeking students to be involved in their research.

The types of positions we advertise are either...
  • Volunteer: Unpaid; hours and length of commitment are variable;
  • Paid Research Assistantship: Paid from a research grant or department funds; hours and length of commitment are variable;
  • Work-Study: Paid by Financial Aid & Awards. For eligibility and to apply, visit the SFU Work-Study program.

** NEW FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR: In order to increase the number of paid undergraduate research opportunties, we are launching a pilot program aimed at NEW students who have not previously been employed as RAs in Linguistics (current students only). If you're interested in volunteering or working as an RA, please fill out this application (you will need an unofficial student transcript and recent resume). You may apply to more than one project in your application.

SPRING: Late November/Early December (TBA)
SUMMER: Late March/Early April (TBA)

This page is under ongoing development. Please check back regularly for updates.

Ongoing research projects
Professor, Project Information Seeking Students?
John Alderete
Cognition, Experimental linguistics, Computational linguistics
The Language Cognition and Computation (LCC) learning community connects linguistic structures with computational methods in projects that investigate human cognition. The LCC is currently working on using network science tools to investigate linguistic systems and psycholinguistic behavior. Planned projects involve analyzing the similarity structure of the lexicons of under-studied languages, and using network science to analyze disordered speech. The LCC meets once a month via zoom to plan and co-ordinate project work. All SFU students are invited to be part of the LCC learning community.
Yes, volunteer only
Join monthly meetings, undertake research concerning language cognition and computation. Note: No direct supervision outside monthly meetings, intended as a learning community rather than a lab position.
Heather Bliss
Linguistic analysis
Linguistics & Writing - Exploring the Connections: Does an explicit understanding of linguistic structures lead to a better ability to manipulate them in writing? We are investigating this by reviewing the literature on links between linguistics and writing, evaluating linguistic categories in student writing, and developing resources to help students improve their writing using linguistics. Duties:
  • • analyse data to identify patterns and answer research questions
  • • develop and pilot resources
  • • locate, review, summarize literature
  • • meet with team members
Note: This is a Work-Study position. For eligibility and to apply, visit the SFU Work-Study program.
1 Work-Study in Spring 2022 (apply through Financial Aid & Awards)
  • • completion of LING 282W with at least a B grade
  • • competent in Microsoft Excel
  • • self-starter with good organizational skills
  • • multilingualism is an asset
Yue Wang
Phonetics, Production, Perception, Experimental linguistics
Audio-visual speech production experiments. Duties may include:
  • • assistance in experiment development
  • • recruitment of participants
  • • audio-video recording
  • • perception testing
  • • data analysis
1 New RA and 1-2 volunteers in Spring 2022
5 hrs/week. Qualifications:
  • • background in phonetics
  • • familiarity with Praat and Excel
Other qualifications (not required):
  • • statistics, psychology, computer science
Henny Yeung
Perception, Experimental linguistics
FaceScan: We are using eye-tracking experiments to study how English-speakers try to perceive which [English or Mandarin] sentence a muted video is presenting. The volunteer will run participants in person.
1 volunteer in Spring 2022
4 hrs/week. Ideally, students will be available for at least 2 terms.
Henny Yeung
Production, Acquisition, Prosody, Experimental linguistics
L2-IDS: We are studying the speech prosody of infant-directed speech from parents speaking their non-native language using day-long recordings. Duties will include:
  • • contacting families interested in L1 acquisition research
  • • running studies and explaining study to families
1 new RA in Summer 2022
7-8 hrs/week. Preferred qualifications:
  • • interest in L1 and L2 acquisition research
  • • knowledge of commonly spoken newcomer languages in Canada (Punjabi, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, etc.) a plus, but not required

Please direct any suggestions/corrections to the Research Grants and Projects Coordinator.