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Research Lab Program Details

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The Access and Attainment Research (AAR) Lab provides co-curricular educational internships where students receive transformative research training to introduce them to academic research methods and practice. Through this experience, participants b​ecome aware of research possibilities on campus and learn how to become competitive for acceptance into research projects in faculty labs. This experience improves the likelihood of participants starting on their research and career interest earlier in their college transition.

The AAR Lab is designed to:

  1. increase students’ knowledge of basic research methodologies and techniques;
  2. build fundamental skills in data analysis and interpretation;
  3. develop critical thinking skills for designing, reading and evaluating academic literature;
  4. offer a forum to engage in productive dialogue about students’ research interests;
  5. help first-year and TRiO eligible students develop skills that will prepare them for future college research and internship positions. 

Additionally, the AAR Lab builds a culture of academic engagement and collaboration as students participate in scholarly activities under the supervision of research coordinators, faculty mentors, graduate students and senior McNair participants. These objectives are also aimed to help historically underrepresented students to develop relationships and talents to successfully navigate their college transition.


Training internship for first-year students: For first-year students with an early interest in research and graduate school, the AAR Lab provides research training for students from first-generation, low-income, or ethnic minority backgrounds.

Internship opportunities for advanced students: The Access and Attainment Research Internship is an opportunity for first-generation and low-income students to learn research skills and knowledge while exploring research careers. By assisting AAR Lab staff with ongoing research projects, this internship supports students' academic engagement and retention, offers them the opportunity to become more competitive applicants for graduate school, and provides them the opportunity to learn foundational research skills necessary for various research careers.

Access and Attainment​ Men of Color Graduate Internship​: Is an opportunity for a male student from a historically underrepresented ethnic group to learn research skills and knowledge while exploring their research careers. This internship is part of Access, Attainment and TRiO's contribution to the Men of Color initiative at DePaul. 

The objective of the internship is to support graduate students' academic engagement/retention, provide training and experiences in support of their degree progress, and offer students opportunities to become competitive applicants for research awards and scholarships. The research internship experience focuses on teaching foundational research skills necessary for various research careers in social and educational fields by assisting researchers at the AAR Lab​ with ongoing research projects.


For information about applications, contact:

Dr. Olya Glantsma​n | oglanstm@depaul.edu​  

Dr. Luciano Berardi | lberardi@depaul.edu