Current BU Undergraduates

If you are interested in an undergraduate research position in the lab, contact Dr. Perrachione ( Please include a copy of your CV, an unofficial transcript or description of your relevant coursework, and a brief statement about your interests in the laboratory.

Research opportunities for any BU undergraduate:

Undergraduate students at BU are able to participate in research as a volunteer or for academic credit through the BU Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). Some students may even qualify for a UROP stipend or a paid research assistantship in the laboratory, either during the academic year or summer.

Research opportunities for Neuroscience majors:

Current BU undergraduates majoring in neuroscience are eligible to conduct a senior honor’s thesis or HHMI summer research experience in our lab. Visit this page for more information about research opportunities for neuroscience majors.

Research opportunities for students in Sargent College:

Undergraduate students in Sargent College are eligible to conduct research in our laboratory contributing to a Senior Thesis with Distinction.

Related majors / interests:

What kind of backgrounds or interests do undergraduate researchers usually have? Our research is cross-disciplinary, and students from a variety of backgrounds may be interested in the research projects going on in the CNRLab. Many students coming to the lab will have a background or interest in speech,

  • Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences
  • Human Physiology
  • Behavior & Health
  • Health Science
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology
  • Linguistics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biology
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Computer Science
  • Education

Skills and knowledge you can learn:

As an undergraduate researcher, what kinds of skills and knowledge can you expect to gain by working in the lab? Students can assist with research projects that hone their existing skills or interests, or can help out with new projects that help them develop new skills and introduce them to new technologies and scientific questions. For example, students helping with lab projects might work in any of the areas below:

  • Conduct behavioral experiments with human participants
  • Quantitative data analysis and statistics
  • Acoustic analysis of speech
  • Design stimuli and procedures for behavioral and brain-imaging experiments with human participants
  • Collect brain imaging (EEG and MRI) data
  • Programming and software, including Linux and Python
  • Administer and analyze clinical neuropsychological assessments
  • Brain structure and function