Summer Interns

The talented students below are typically "on loan" from their home institutions for a summer of bliss working in the lab. If you find yourself in Philadelphia over the summer and have an interest in joining the lab's summer program, please email us

Summer 2018

Summer 2017

Summer 2016

helen felker, haverford college & temple university


Helen is a recent graduate of Haverford College with a double major in Linguistics and Spanish. She is very excited to start graduate school in Temple's Speech-Language-Hearing program in the fall. Helen was a summer intern in the lab last summer. In addition to her interests in cognitive science and neurolinguistics, she continues to be interested in learning more about language revitalization and preservation efforts, especially within Zapotec communities in Oaxaca, Mexico. Some of her favorite things are baking and singing a cappella. 


rena ali, university of maryland


Rena is a rising senior at the University of Maryland, studying Hearing and Speech Sciences.  After graduation, Rena hopes to continue her education, going to graduate school to pursue a career in speech-language pathology.  Aside from class, Rena loves to learn about the brain, specifically in relation to linguistics, especially since talking is one of her favorite things to do.  In her free time, Rena loves to hammock on a nice day, explore Philadelphia, and eating obscene amounts of ice cream in the summer.


ally dworetsky, washington university in saint louis

Ally is a rising junior at Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology and French. The two fields that Ally is most interested in are language and the brain, and she is excited to start her internship in the lab to learn more about how neurolinguistics brings them together. In the future, Ally looks forward to conducting research and continuing her education in speech and hearing sciences. In her free time, Ally enjoys antiquing and playing the ukulele, and is the world’s biggest fan of potatoes (self-proclaimed).


ashley pregizer, temple university

Ashley is graduating in July 2016 from Temple University with a BS in Neuroscience. After graduation she would like to pursue research in pharmacology. . After coping with a grandparent who suffered with Alzheimer's disease, Ashley started to have a specific interest in cognition and memory. Ashley likes to explore the outdoors with friends and work out.



medha raghavendra, temple university

Medha is a rising sophomore at Temple University, majoring in Speech Language Hearing Sciences. She is incredibly excited to work at the lab this summer, since it allows her to deal with memory as well as the effects of Alzheimer's disease. In the future, Medha hopes to attend Temple University's graduate school and continue on to get her master's degree in the speech sciences. When she's not working in the lab this summer, Medha hopes that she can learn how to cook, read more novels that she's been meaning to get to all year, and go on more adventures.


laurie thompson, syracuse university

Laurie is a rising junior at Syracuse University with a double major in Linguistics and Neuroscience and a minor in French. She hopes to pursue a career in research that involves language and memory, such as how the brain is capable of learning native and foreign languages, how plasticity is involved in recovery from aphasia, and how memory can be lost in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's. In her free time, Laurie loves reading, drinking chai tea, and watching French movies.



clara uphaus, university of bielefeld (Germany)

Clara is a graduate student in linguistics at the University of Bielefeld (Germany) focusing on neurolinguistics. She is excited to work in the lab and to discover more about how language is produced in the brain. In her free time she wants to get to know Philadelphia because – even though she has been to the US as an Au Pair, Clara did not get the chance to visit Philly. When she is at home, Clara loves to bake and to play with her dog Emma.

Summer 2015

Helen Felker, Haverford College

Helen is a rising senior at Haverford College majoring in Spanish and Linguistics. She hopes to pursue a master's degree in speech-language pathology after graduation. A large part of Helen's academic focus in college has been working with indigenous communities in Mexico to catalogue endangered languages through the use of online, "talking" dictionaries. She hopes to continue learning more about indigenous language revitalization efforts throughout her life. In her free time, Helen loves baking, singing a cappella, and spending time with friends and family.  


talia liu, rice university

Talia is a rising sophomore at Rice University where she intends to major in Cognitive Science. She is excited to jump right in with research and looks forward to learning more about cognitive neuroscience and linguistics.  Aside from her research in the cog lab, Talia assists with research on the issues surrounding caregivers of adults and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In her free time, Talia likes to play piano, oboe, saxophone, and occasionally her violin, spend time with friends, eat soup noodles and dumplings, and enjoy life.



Arielle Krakow, Johns Hopkins University

Arielle is a rising sophomore at Johns Hopkins University, where she hopes to major in Classics. She is very interested in neuroscience and linguistics, especially since taking a course on brain, behavior, and cognition, and is excited to have the opportunity to work in such a great lab. Her dream is to go to medical school to become a trauma surgeon and finally put her Latin to some sort of use. In her free time, Arielle enjoys reading about jellyfish, watching TV, and spending time with family (including her dog, Sadie).