Undergraduate Research Positions Available

Professor Monica Macaulay is looking for two linguistics majors to be Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) students for the academic year 2021-2022. The REU students will be part of the research team on my NSF grant “Comparative Database of Algonquian Derivational Morphology” (see here for the temporary website).


The REU students will gain valuable research experience and skills, as well as an introduction to the structure of Algonquian languages and knowledge of the family as a whole.


Duties and activities will include:

  • weekly meetings with entire project team
  • biweekly REU meetings with PI and other project member
  • readings and discussion of readings
  • research using books, journal articles, and databases
  • specific contributions to the project, potentially including but not limited to: bibliography development, work with a Mendeley reference bibliography, data entry, database programming


Successful applicants will be detail-oriented, responsible, and interested in learning about word formation in the languages of the Algonquian family.


Attributes preferred (but not required):

  • prior research experience
  • experience with Google Sheets
  • completion of at least Linguistics 310 (Phonology) and Linguistics 322 (Morphology)
  • for one position, double major in linguistics and computer science with knowledge of JavaScript


Compensation is $1,800 per semester, paid in a lump sum at the beginning of each semester (Fall 2021, Spring 2022). Students must plan to be registered for both semesters.


Work will be remote or in-person, depending on the Covid situation at the time.


To apply, please send a resume and cover letter (explaining why you’re interested in the position and what relevant background you have) to Professor Macaulay at: mmacaula@wisc.edu.


Deadline: March 31, 2021


Applicants will be notified of our decision by April 14, 2021.