Student Opportunities

Independent Study and Mentored Research

Undergraduate and graduate students may register for independent study or a mentored research project and receive course credit for assisting with research in CCANDL. The research activities will vary depending on lab needs and the student’s educational goals. Activities may involve, but are not limited to, one or more of the following:

  • Data entry
  • Transcription work
  • Data processing and analysis
  • Research dissemination 
  • Study preparation (e.g., literature reviews, IRB application, stimulus preparation, piloting tasks, recruiting subjects)

Interested students must obtain permission from Dr. Kimberly Mueller prior to registering for independent study or mentored research with the lab.

If you are interested in doing an independent study or mentored research with CCANDL, please email Leah Sanson-Miles ( and Matt Froze (

Paid Positions

CCANDL also hires research assistants to help carry out specific research projects. Paid positions will typically be offered to individuals who have demonstrated an interest in research related to the lab, have the skills necessary to move a study forward, and can commit to at least 5-8 hours per week of work. Availability to work during the summer months is preferred. Work schedules and hours can be flexible, and often vary between the school year and summer months.


If you are interested in working for CCANDL, please email Leah Sanson-Miles ( and Matt Froze (

Ph.D. Students

Ph.D. students are invited to participate in research in CCANDL as a volunteer, through an independent study, or as a member of the lab pursuing a Ph.D. under Dr. Mueller’s direction.

Considering a Ph.D. in CS&D?

The Ph.D. program at UW prepares students for academic careers, involving research and the scholarly study of the science of human communication and its disorders.  

Ph.D. students in CS&D may have a background in communication disorders or a related field, such as psychology, education, linguistics, neuroscience, or computer science. Some may have worked clinically as speech-language pathologists, whereas others may begin their doctoral training immediately after earning a bachelor’s degree.

Students who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. under Dr. Mueller’s direction may be eligible for financial support, depending upon availability of grant funds. 

If you are interested in conducting research related to speech and language and aging, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and would like more information UW’s doctoral program in CS&D, please e-mail Dr. Mueller (


Volunteering in the lab is a great way to become familiar with the lab and to get hands-on experience with research involving language and age-related disorders. Volunteers may contribute to the lab in many ways, including but not limited to the following: data entry, transcription work, data processing and analysis, and study preparation.

If you are interested in volunteering in CCANDL, please email Leah Sanson-Miles ( and Matt Froze (

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