Initiative 7:

Initiative Coordinators: Nora Newcombe (PI) and Louis Gomez

SILC continuously strives to increase diversity in the field of spatial learning. At a personnel level, we recruit under-represented minorities, women, and people with disabilities through outreach efforts such as summer internships, opportunities for high school students, and alliances with spatial researchers at institutions that differentially serve under-represented groups. At the research level, we conduct much of our research in cooperation with the Chicago Public Schools, which serves a diverse population, and we target research questions that concern full participation of under-represented groups in STEM disciplines.

If you are a high school student or undergraduate from an under-represented group, and you are interested in a summer internship at a SILC institution, please contact:

♦ Justin Long, SILC Administrative Coordinator, Temple University
    Information on Temple University internship recruitment opportunities can be found:

  1. at the Research in Spatial Cognition Lab Internships page and
  2. at the Temple Infant and Child Laboratory (click on the intern/jobs tab at the top of the page).
Jodi Khan, University of Chicago 
     Information about internship opportunities in Susan Levine's Lab (Center for Early Childhood Research) at the University of Chicago (working in conjunction with the Collegiate Scholars program) can be found at:

Barbara Sutcliffe, Northwestern University 
     Northwestern University Psychology Department SNEAK PEEK PROGRAM:
     Applications Due by April 6th. Northwestern's psychology department is hosting a program on June 1st and 2nd for undergraduates who are members of traditionally underrepresented groups, and who are potentially interested in pursuing graduate study in psychology. Activities will include a workshop designed to help with the graduate school application process and opportunities to meet psychology department faculty members and graduate students to learn what graduate school is like and how they might fit into the graduate programs and laboratory groups at Northwestern. Travel and accommodation costs associated with participation will be covered, and the application process will be fast and free (applications are due by April 6).
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