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We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive lab culture, and welcome scientists of all genders, races, sexual orientations, and backgrounds. We especially encourage applications from individuals from groups that are typically underrepresented in academia and STEM fields. Our lab is a very supportive place, and we recruit new lab members with the goal of maintaining a nurturing and productive environment.


We are committed to mentoring talented undergraduates from a range of backgrounds. To ensure students have the most fulfilling and productive experience in the lab, we are interested in students who can dedicate at least 9 hours (3 course credits) to research each week during the semester. During summer months, there may also be opportunities for lab funding or to apply for summer funding via PURA (due Feb 1) or a KSAS research award (due Feb 15). 

If you are interested in pursuing research in the lab, email Leyla with answers to the following questions:

  1. Your major and year at JHU​

  2. Why you are interested in undergrduate research

  3. What aspects of our research are most exciting to you and what would you like to work on in the lab (you can learn more by looking at our recent papers)

  4. Your relevant course work and technical skills (including any programming experience) 

Please note that we don't usually have the ability to supervise external interns or high school students.

Graduate students

Prospective PhD students check out the application mentoring program led by our current students!

Our lab recruits graduate students (PhD and MA) through the Cognitive Science program. Please indicate Leyla as an advisor of interest. You can email Leyla if you have questions or to learn more, but she generally does not meet with or interview students before reviewing their application. You can check out our recent papers to learn more about our ongoing work. If you think it would be a good fit for the lab, please make that clear in your application. 


We also encourage you to take a look at our other faculty. We have a very collaborative department, and Leyla is happy to co-advise or serve as a secondary advisor to students.


We are not actively recruiting a postdoc, but are always open to collaborations with interested researchers. If interested, please email Leyla ( to find out more.

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