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Undergraduate

Undergraduate

Application Process

Are you interested in language? In languages in a foreign setting? In what is involved in speaking or learning more than one language? The Center for Language Science at Penn State has received a multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation as part of the Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program. The project is entitled “Translating cognitive and brain science in the laboratory and field to language learning environments,” and is designed to study the way one or more languages are learned and used across the lifespan. The scope is very broad, and includes the consequences of being or becoming bilingual, the use of minority languages and dialects, and the incorporation of research on language into the educational curriculum and in society more generally.

Students who participate in the PIRE program will have the opportunity to work closely with Penn State research faculty who study language from a variety of perspectives. They will also spend a summer conducting remote collaborative research with one of our partner institutions (in Europe, Latin America, and Asia). This is an excellent opportunity to engage in hands-on research in an exciting field with significant social implications.

All research-related expenses are covered by the grant, including airfare, lodging, meals, and summer tuition and fees.

Application Deadline for Summer 2022: Friday, December 5, 2022

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must be actively working with a CLS faculty member.
  • Students must have at least one semester remaining at Penn State after completing their fellowship.
  • Due to our sources of funding, non-U.S. citizens must have a primary or secondary major or minor in the College of the Liberal Arts or in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Information Sessions

You can watch the recording of our Summer 2023 Information Session, held on September 15, 2022:

Click here to watch a recording of the PIRE Summer 2023 Information Session

Slides from the main presentation can be viewed by clicking here

 

Please feel free to contact any of the following PIRE faculty or students for more information:

Faculty Member
Email
Department
Roger Beaty
rub736@psu.edu
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Matt Carlson
mtc173@psu.edu
Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics
Amy Crosson
acc245@psu.edu
Associate Professor of Education
Michele Diaz
mtd143@psu.edu
Professor of Psychology and Linguistics
Giuli Dussias
pdussias@psu.edu
Professor of Spanish, Linguistics and Psychology
Carrie Jackson
cnj1@psu.edu
Professor of German and Linguistics
Elisabeth Karuza
ekaruza@psu.edu
Assistant Professor of Psychology
John Lipski
jlipski@psu.edu
Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Spanish Linguistics
Carol Miller
cam47@psu.edu
Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Linguistics
Karen Miller
kxm80@psu.edu
Associate Professor of Linguistics and Spanish Linguistics
Annie Olmstead
ajo150@psu.edu
Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Manuel Pulido
mfp149@psu.edu
Assistant Professor of Spanish and Linguistics
Michael T. Putnam
mtp12@psu.edu
Professor of German and Linguistics
Lisa Reed
lar13@psu.edu
Professor of French and Linguistics
Chaleece Sandberg
cws18@psu.edu
Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Rena Torres Cacoullos
rct11@psu.edu
Professor of Linguistics and Spanish Linguistics
Janet van Hell
jgv3@psu.edu
Professor of Psychology and Linguistics
Navin Viswanathan
nxv175@psu.edu
Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Linguistics
STUDENT NAME
STUDENT EMAIL
PIRE LOCATION
Marlen Cordova
mxc6264@psu.edu
Poland, Summer 2022
Greg Costanzo
gpc5164@psu.edu
Colombia, Summer 2022; Netherlands, Summer 2021 (virtual)
Amira El-Dinary
ace5276@psu.edu
Netherlands, Summer 2022
Lily Griffin
lxg5338@psu.edu
Spain, Summer 2022; Spain and Florida, Summer 2021 (virtual)
Raegan Holzhuter
rah5888@psu.edu
Mexico, Summer 2022
Jane Liu
qxl54@psu.edu
Germany, Summer 2022
Caden Vitti
cpv5135@psu.edu
Puerto Rico, Summer 2022

How to Apply

If you are applying to collaborate with an international partner institution, please complete and submit your application via the Education Abroad website.

If you are applying to collaborate with a domestic partner institution (e.g., New Mexico, Florida, Washington, D.C.), please download the PIRE application form for Summer 2023. Please submit your completed application form, personal statement, and resume/CV to pire2undergrads@gmail.com.