Doc Funding at Pitt focusing on language and literacy



Getting ready for Spring 2012 internships at the HABLA Lab

Spring advising starts soon so it is time to plan for Spring Internship opportunities in the HABLA Lab.  There are several ways you can get involved at the lab if you are interested in course credit for your participation you can enroll via the IE program, the CSD undergraduate research opportunities (CSD 378K), the Undergraduate Studies Research Experience (UGS 310), or the Bridging Disciplines Program.  Click on the link for each type of experience to find out what is right for you. You can also join us a volunteer.

To enroll in the lab please complete  the Habla Lab Application so we can learn more about you and what research assignment will best suit your interests and preparation.the application for type of research credit you are interested in and send it to  You may also need to complete an application for the the specific program in which you will enroll.

Scholarships may be available for research experiences as well.

University of Texas Efficiency

You’d think that with all the rhetoric about improving efficiency at UT Austin that we were way inefficient. But, that’s not the case. At the national level, we’re tied for the number two spot for efficiency. Of our undergraduates, 53% graduate within 4 years, and 81% graduate within 6 years. I wonder what the 4-year graduation rate is for CSD students? I suspect it’s closer to 80 or 90%. I’ll check.

Internship opportunities, IE and more

Well, the fall semester is about to begin, we’re getting inquiries about the IE program and other internship opportunities in the lab. We will help you find a graduate student mentor and a faculty mentor from the lab. If you want to be considered for an internship at the HABLA lab you should fill out an application and e-mail it to: Dr. Anita Perez ( We will look at your skill set, availability and interests to try to match you up with appropriate mentor(s) and research project.


So, we have a few changes on the blog. We are working on putting up bios of faculty, research associates, doc students and so on. Get your information to Jissel asap (before she makes up stuff about you!)

There are some new faces around the lab, stop and introduce yourself. There are several MA students who will be on the bilingual screening team. Since we have about a million kids to screen this semester I’m sure there won’t be any problem getting students hours.

We also have a couple new grad students. Mirza Lugo Neris moved here recently from Puerto Rico. She finished her MA at Floria State University. Keila Gutierrez is here from University of Arizona. She worked on a number of projects there while working on her BS.

Another new person in the lab is Luis Chacártegui Quetglas who is working on his Ph.D. in linguistics. He will be helping us out on the Bilingual Outcomes NIH project. Dr. Natalia Freitas Rossi is visiting us from Brazil during the month of September. Her work focuses on language and behavioral phenotypes in children with genetic disorders.

Intellectual Entrepreneurship

It’s that time of year, it’s cooling down (I wish), fall is in the air (right)… Okay, it’s Texas and it’s STILL summer, but fall semester is about to begin.

We’ve had some inquiries about the IE  program. Each semester we have 2-5 IE undergrad interns in the HABLA lab. We will help you find a graduate student mentor and a faculty mentor from the lab. If you want to be considered for an internship at the HABLA lab you should fill out an application and e-mail it to: Dr. Anita Perez ( We will look at your skill set, availability and interests to try to match you up with appropriate mentor(s) and “jobbitos” this semester. So, come on down!

ACRT Post Doctoral Fellowship

Academic Clinical Researcher Training Project

The CSD Program and ACRT project at the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in child communicative disorders to begin in the Fall Semester 2010. The ACRT Project is a four-year (2009-2013) leadership personnel preparation grant funded through the Office of Special Education, U.S. Department of Education.

Applicants may be working in any discipline, on a topic concerning clinical research in children from cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The recipient will devote half time to teaching and program development and half time to research. The appointment will be for one year (12 months). Support will be $51,000 in the form of a monthly stipend, plus a stipend for the purchase of health insurance. A travel stipend is available for presentation of research related to the fellowship.

The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and must hold a Ph.D. degree at the time of the appointment. A letter of application, including a description of your proposed project, together with CV, writing sample and three letters of reference should be submitted to Elizabeth D. Peña, ACRT Post Doctoral Fellowship Committee, Communication Sciences & Disorders, A1100, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712. We will begin reviewing applications on June 4, 2010. Further information about the goals of the ACRT Project is available at: