The field of Education Sciences is exciting because it draws from so many different perspectives. Investigation in Education Sciences involves research using a wide range of methodological practices and research designs, and yielding a variety of data. For a full list of active labs and to learn more about specific areas of research available in the School of Education at UCI by visiting our Faculty Research page.
Campuswide Undergraduate Research Opportunities
- Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP): Encourages and facilitates research and creative activities by undergraduates from all schools and academic disciplines at UCI.
- Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP): Provides funding for UCI undergraduates from all disciplines who are conducting summer research projects or creative activities under the guidance of UCI faculty members
Research Opportunities in the School of Education
The Digital Learning Lab is looking for undergraduate students to assist with research projects at the intersection of digital media and education, including on uses of AI in education. Projects are focused on both higher education and on increasing access and opportunity for diverse learners in California's K-12 schools. Prospective RAs may apply as a volunteer or for course credit in EDUC, IN4MATX, LSCI, or SOCECOL. Interested? For more information on our projects and a link to an RA Interest Form, please click here.
The project is a partnership with two local elementary schools and focuses on teacher professional development and children’s math learning. We are recruiting for spring quarter 2023, with the opportunity to continue during the summer and/or next academic year.
Our team is looking for two to three undergraduate research assistants who are passionate about education or research and interested in learning more about disrupting racism in schools. This is a great opportunity to gain research experience; learn firsthand about efforts to address systemic racism in schools; explore the field of education and educational research; and work collaboratively with graduate students, teachers, professors, and other undergraduates.
Applications due Oct. 7th! If you are interested in this opportunity, please fill out this application form or go to the following link: https://forms.gle/KvPikH7NKRCgHphL9. For more information or to answer any questions, please email Dana Conlin (email@example.com).
Lead researcher Dr. Rossella Santagata and team are looking for undergraduates who are interested in educational equity and STEM learning to assist in projects focused on teacher professional development and on improving student learning opportunities from grade school to college. This is a great opportunity to get involved in community-engaged research that positively impacts minoritized children and vouth.
The Science of Learning Lab investigates how children and adults learn and reason using both qualitative and quantitative methods, in the lab and in real classrooms. Some of the research questions our assistants help us answer include:
- How do parents shape children's complex reasoning skills? We bring young children and their parents into the lab to observe how they talk to each other during cooperative reasoning tasks, and relate these interactions to children's independent reasoning.
- How can we promote children's complex reasoning skills? We bring young children into the lab and vary aspects of the task and environment to explore their effects on children's reasoning behavior.
- Why are some students better able to learn from classroom instruction than others? How can we improve classroom instruction to benefit all learners? We administer high quality video lessons to children in classrooms to see who learns best, to understand how to support all students in gaining the most from every lesson, and to understand what aspects of the lessons are most helpful to students.
UCI's Bilingualism, Mind, and Brain Lab is looking for motivated and driven undergraduate students to join our lab as Research Assistants in fall 2023! Have you ever wondered what goes on in the brain when we learn or speak a second language? Or if there are cognitive and behavioral advantages to being bilingual? Join the BMB Lab and find out!
Professor Rossella Santagata, Ph.D. is reaching out about an opportunity to get involved in research related to mathematics teaching and learning. Dr. Santagata directs a project in two elementary schools in Buena Park and is looking for two or three undergraduate research assistants to join our research team (2 PhD students and one postdoc) for the year and help us with various tasks, including conducting focus groups with parents about math use in the family and community, joining a community walk to map community assets related to math learning, coding children’s math thinking according to a research-based framework, transcribe parent and children discussions, entering/organizing data, etc.
During the academic quarters you will be able to sign up for EDU198 for a grade and receive 4 units per quarter, for approx.. 8 hours of research-related work per week. Schedule will be flexible, but you will need to be available for weekly team meetings and other task-focused meetings (some on zoom, some in person) mostly during the workday (Mo-Fri, 8am – 5pm). If you are interested in this opportunity, please fill in this short form by Friday Sept 30: https://forms.gle/4DsQr9j7pqaAmFdD9