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University of Massachusetts Amherst

Language Research Acquisition Research Center



LARC Internal Small Grants

LARC offers a number of small grants to support faculty and graduate students with their research project. The goal is to facilitate data collection, and the money can be used to purchase material for experiments, support short trips, pay participants, buy necessary equipment, and pay for web design support (among other things).

LARC members who would like to apply for one of the internal small grants can download the application form here (PDF). For more information about these grants, please contact one of the LARC directors.

First Language Acquisition Lab

The Language Acquisition Lab in the Department of Linguistics is directed by LARC Director Tom Roeper and coordinated by LARC co-Director Barbara Pearson. It has four workspaces, a library, a store of toys and computer software, and various computers and recorders available for loan. The members of the lab are prepared to help with tasks such as developing experiments, navigating the campus’ human subjects requirements, finding participants, and safeguarding experimental records. For more information, contact the directors and stop by South College 316 to discuss your needs.

The Language Teaching & Research Lab

The Language Teaching & Research (LTR) Lab was built by the College of Humanities and Fine Arts in 2011 to be a state of the art facility to promote language instruction and research in second language acquisition. The lab is home to twenty-seven student computer stations for class sessions or individual work, as well as a dedicated research workstation and a soundproof, wheelchair-accessible interpreting booth. The lab also features two large HDTV screens and a projector that allows instructors to design activities where students receive multiple linguistic and visual stimuli while performing certain tasks.

More information about the LTR Lab can be found on the lab website.

The Digital Humanities Initiative

Funded by the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, the Digital Humanities Initiative at the University of Massachusetts seeks to support and initiate research projects within the digital humanities broadly conceived. The Digital Humanities Initiative is composed of core HFA faculty whose research directly engages digital materials in a variety of ways. For more information visit the Digital Humanities website.