Speechie Struggles: How Do I Get Involved in Research?

Dear Felicia,

I am a second year Speech Science major student at UBC, and interested in getting some experience with linguistics research. Where would be a good place to start?

Thanks,
Megan


Hi Megan,

It’s great that you’re interested in research! There are many branches in Linguistics including phonetics, syntax, phonology, semantics, morphology, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, etc. Different professors have interests in different areas, so there’s a lot to choose from.

Firstly, a good place to start would be taking a look at the UBC Department of Linguistics website. You can get an overview of what kind of labs there are and what research each lab does. Then, you could approach the respective lab by emailing the lab manager/professor indicating your interest. Alternatively, you could fill out the attached form to look for potential opportunities. Most professors are really approachable and more than happy to give students an opportunity to learn.

If you are currently in linguistics courses, keep an ear out for announcements in class. Sometimes, labs will have research assistant positions that are open for undergraduates. Professors will promote these opportunities.

Another way to get an idea of what linguistics research is like, you could participate in Linguistics Outside the Classroom (LOC) which usually counts as credit in a lot of linguistics courses. This is a platform where you can pick a study that you are interested in and participate as a subject. After the study, you could approach researchers to inquire more about the study/research they do.

Hope this helps!

Best,

Felicia


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