Thursday, July 24, 2014

Native speakers of Arabic: paid language study!

Native speakers of Arabic can participate in a paid study!  The study will involve reading aloud and recording a list of nonsense words in Arabic.
Recordings produced from this experiment will be measured in order to know how native speakers produce Arabic sounds.

Participants will be paid $10/hour for one session on campus of approximately 45 minutes. You must be at least 18 years old to participate. 
If you are interested in participating, please email Alia at

Internship Announcement

Position:              Undergraduate Internship (unpaid, for credit) – Fall 2014

Title:                    Research Assistant

Duties:                 The intern’s primary responsibilities will be to assist in the development and maintenance of the Maryland Community Services Locator website ( Specific duties include:

  • Verify the accuracy of program listings in the database using online sources and telephone surveys
  • Telephone surveys with community service providers to collect information on services provided
  • Data entry (using Excel) for responses from provider surveys
  • Assist in augmenting the comprehensiveness of the existing database through database comparisons, resource inventories, etc.
  • Outreach to community providers to promote awareness of the MDCSL in Maryland
  • Field work with community providers to promote awareness and use of the website
  • Assist with dissemination of materials to providers
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:   This candidate must have advanced organizational skills, as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills. Additionally, he/she should be comfortable making telephone and in-person contacts with community providers. Preferred skills: Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Experience working with community organizations and/or social service/health/criminal justice providers.

Hours: 10 hours/week minimum.

Compensation:    This is an unpaid internship open to undergraduate students only and may be used to earn BSOS, HLTH, or CRIM internship credit (3 credits).

To Apply:            Please submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript and writing sample to:  
Amy Billing
Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR)
University of Maryland, College Park
4321 Hartwick Rd, Ste 501
College Park, MD  20740
301-403-8342 (fax)

Deadline:             Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Maryland English Institute Speaking Partner Program

My name is Caralyn W. Bushey and I am the Student Services Coordinator at The Maryland English Institute (MEI).  I would like to invite you to participate in the MEI Speaking Partners Program.

Volunteering as a speaking partner provides the opportunity to expand one's  world view, learn about other cultures, and make new friends. The partnership involves a UMD student meeting with an MEI student on campus for conversation. Most partners meet once a week for an hour of light conversation or to participate in an on-campus activity together.

If you would be interested in volunteering (and earning credit toward a service learning requirement) you are welcome to submit an application with the following information:

First name:

Last name:

Telephone Number:



Preferred email address:

Are you: Student, Faculty, Staff, or Other?

Is English your native language? (If no, please explain):

What other languages (if any) do you speak?


Other interests:

Preferred gender of partner (M/F/Either)

And please do not hesitate to let me know if I can answer any questions about MEI.

Caralyn W. Bushey,  Student Services Coordinator
Maryland English Institute
1117 Cole Student Activities Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

TOLKIEN-inspired artwork Contest

2014 is the 60th Anniversary of
Lord of the Rings

Mithril Turtle is UMD's Campus-Wide Interdisciplinary Commemoration of this literary and cultural milestone

UMD students are invited to create TOLKIEN-inspired artwork

Submissions are due AUGUST 20, 2014
to Michelle Markey Butler (

Winners will be displayed
September 15 – October 25


Paid Cognitive Preparedness MRI Study ($60)

We would like to invite you to participate in a paid research study for the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language. In one 3-hour session at the Maryland Neuroimaging Center, you will complete tasks while undergoing MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and eyetracking to examine the attention-related cognitive and neural systems that support language processing. If you are eligible and complete the MRI session, you will earn $20 per hour!
Click the link below for more information and to fill out a brief questionnaire:
Researchers will determine your eligibility according to these and other criteria to ensure it is safe and appropriate for you to participate in this MRI study. You must:
be 18-40 years of age; be a native English speaker;  be right-handed; not have any known neurological or psychiatric condition or learning disability; not practice techniques designed to improve cognitive or attentional functioning; not wear glasses (contacts ok); not have ferrous metal in the body; not be pregnant.

Interested in gaining experience in research?

The Family Involvement Laboratory IS LOOKING FOR BILINGUAL (Spanish/English) UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS for the fall (3 Credits).
Students will serve as research assistants for the Family Involvement Lab, which is currently conducting a study on Latino immigrant mothers, fathers, & children. The goal of the study is to understand how mothers’ & fathers' values, goals, & beliefs influence their children’s social skills & academic competencies.
Research assistants will code mother-child and father-child play and reading interactions, conduct short literature reviews; participate in data collection; recruit parents; schedule visits; & data entry. This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in pursuing graduate work in the social sciences. Depending on interest & skill-level, there will be opportunities to write honors theses and participate in papers for publication.
If you’re interested please send your resume & unofficial transcript to Jenessa Malin ( (you can find the lab at

Volunteers needed to serve as Marshals at Honors Convocation!

Date:                     Friday, August 29
Time:                    12PM – 5PM
Location:             Memorial Chapel (We will meet in Anne Arundel at 12PM.)
Duties:                 Help set up for the event, greet and usher guests, help clean up after the event
Attire:                   We will provide you with a t-shirt.
Perks:                   Lunch will be served at 12PM in Anne Arundel! 
If you are able to help, please contact Erin Wessell at by Wednesday, July 30th. In your email response, please include the following information:
·       Cell Phone Number
·       T-Shirt size
·       Name of your residence hall, if you live on campus (Volunteer by July 30 to be eligible for early move-in on August 27 or 28!)

Monday, July 7, 2014

Auditory Training Study

Participate in 4 sessions (1.5-2 hours each) at the Patapsco Building (near CP Metro). Sessions involve questionnaires and computerized tasks. Participants receive $55: $5/session plus a $35 bonus after Session 4. Participants are also entered into a raffle for a $150 gift card after Session 4.
Find out more information about the Auditory Training Study on the Paid SONA System (  Before signing up, you must complete a prescreen to check eligibility at Questions? Email
Eligibility requirements: 18-30 years old, native speaker of American English, normal hearing, normal/corrected-to-normal vision, no speech/language disorders or learning disabilities, unimpaired use of hands, and US Citizen

MCUR Upcoming Summer Talks for Summer Researchers

Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research – Summer Talk Series for Summer Researchers

All undergraduate summer researchers at the University of Maryland, College Park are welcome to attend!!!

Sessions of interest to graduate students are noted accordingly. Look for additional details to follow in weekly announcements.

Location for all events: Plant Sciences Building, Room 1130

Time for all events: 4 – 5 p.m.

Dates and Topics (note that sessions with identical topics will have the same content as well):

--- Tuesday, July 8 – 4 pm to 5 pm – “Presenting Your Research” – for Undergraduates

--- Wednesday, July 9 – 4 pm to 5 pm – “Fulbright and Other International Research Opportunities” – Graduate Students Welcome

Francis DuVinage, Ph.D.
Director, National Scholarships Office and Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research
2403 Marie Mount Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: (301) 314-9458
Fax: (301) 314-0085

Looking for native speakers of Korean

The Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) at the University of Maryland is looking for a native speaker of Korean who is also fluent in English for translation work.  Your English should be good, but it does not have to be perfect.  You will work 50+ hours in the summer translating a publicly-available corpus of conversational Korean into English.  The majority of this work can be done remotely and on your own schedule, but you will meet with a Center researcher periodically on campus, at a flexible schedule.
For more information, please contact: Nikki Adams;; 301-226-8936