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HK 391 – Independent Study

Most of our undergraduate students register for HK 391 for either 2 or 3 credits with us. Students learn about the research process and gain direct experience working on research. Students will collaborate with graduate students, postdoctoral research associates, and fellow undergraduates students. HK 391 can be repeated for up to 12 credits.

START – Student Aging Researchers in Training

We are pleased to participate in the START program directed by Dr. Andi Schwingel. The HFA Lab typically hosts START students every year, and we have been pleased to have several continue with the lab beyond their time in the START program. To learn more about START, please visit

James Scholars

We have hosted several James Scholars. Most enroll in CHLH 393 to earn their research credit. To learn more about James Scholars, please visit

IHealth Interns

The Human Factors & Aging Lab hosts IHealth interns. IHealth students looking to complete their internship with us should reach out to the lab no later than the end of October to express interest in the spring semester or the end of March to express interest in the fall semester. Please include a resume and a cover letter expressing why you wish to complete your internship in research and why you believe you would be a good fit for this lab.

Federal Work Study

Periodically, we have paid positions available and are happy to employ Federal Work Study (FWS) students. If you are eligible for FWS and interested in working with us, when reaching out please include your resume and cover letter describing your interests and why you would be a good fit for the Human Factors & Aging Laboratory.

HK 395 – Honor’s Thesis

Undergraduates who have spent at least one semester in the HFA Lab prior to their senior year may be eligible to complete an Honors Thesis. The Honors Thesis requires registering for 3 credits each semester of senior year. One semester of the thesis consists of creating a project proposal, while the second semester consists of conducting the project and writing a final paper.


We host Students Pursuing Applications, Research, and Knowledge (SPARK) each year. SPARK students are incoming freshman who are assigned to work in a research lab for a stipend. Many of our SPARK students have continued working with us throughout their undergraduate career. To learn more about SPARK, please visit

Community Academic Scholars

The Human Factors & Aging Laboratory has hosted Community-Academic Scholars since the summer of 2021. Students engage in a community-based research project over the summer and receive a stipend. Many of our students have continued with us beyond their summer project. To learn more, visit

If interested in joining our lab, please contact Assistant Lab Coordinator Megan Nickrent at

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