Prospective Sudents

Graduate Students

Dr. Ramani is currently accepting graduate students for Fall 2018.

Students interested in pursuing a Master's or Doctoral degree, should apply to the Human Development program within the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology

The Human Development Program has two specializations that students can choose, Developmental Science and Educational Psychology. Dr. Ramani is affiliated with both specializations and is accepting students in both areas. Students interested in working with Dr. Ramani or have questions about the program can contact her directly at

Human Developmental Program Specializations

Developmental Science

The Developmental Sciences specialization is designed to train students in the areas of social, cognitive, emotional, and biological aspects of human development. The goal of the program is to train students for research careers in academic or applied areas of child development; graduates have obtained positions as university professors and research scientists.

Educational Psychology

The faculty in the Educational Psychology Specialization focus on the processes involved in learning across the life span and competent functioning in educational settings. Themes include cognitive development, focusing on language, mathematics, and reading, social and academic aspects of motivation and self-regulation, and parent, teacher and peer relationships as they relate to school success. There are significant strengths in language learning, bilingualism, motivation, social influences on learning, and cognitive neuroscience of reading.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate research assistants are a highly valued part of the ECI Lab.

Undergraduate research assistants in the lab have opportunities to experience all aspects of the research process, from conducting interviews with children to entering and analyzing data. Other responsibilities could include recruitment of project participants, transcribing interactions between adults and children, and behavioral coding of children playing. Students also attend regular lab meetings to discuss research projects and journal articles.

Students can work inthe lab for research credits in Human Development (EDHD 489 or EDHD 498) or join us as volunteers. Preference will be given to students who make a two semester commitment to working in the lab (Fall and Spring; Spring and Summer) and work 8-10 hours per week.

If you are interested in joining the research team as an undergraduate research assistant, please complete this application and send it along with the supplemental materials to