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open positions

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

Graduate students

Prospective graduate students (PhD and MA) for Fall 2024 can apply to the Cognitive Science program. Please indicate Leyla as an advisor of interest. You can email Leyla to learn more, but she generally does not meet with or interview students before reviewing their application.

We might accept one new graduate student this year if it seems like there is a particularly good research fit. You can check out our recent papers to learn more. If you think it would be a good fit, please make that clear in your application. 


We'd 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.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

We are committed to mentoring talented undergraduate RAs from a range of backgrounds. Students can complete research for credit or they can apply for summer funding via PURA (due Feb 1) or a KSAS research award (due Feb 15). We commit to working with accepted students to submit their summer funding applications. 

We don't have any openings for undergraduate research assistants this semester. We will post openings for intersession and spring here and send them to the department undergraduate listserv.

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