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CAA Research Lab Program Details

The CAA Lab provides co-curricular educational internships where students receive transformative research training to introduce them to academic research methods and practice. Through this experience, participants become aware of research possibilities on campus and learn how to become competitive for acceptance into research projects in faculty labs. This experience improves the likelihood of participants to starting on their research and career interest earlier in their college transition.

The CAA Research Lab is designed to:

  1. increase students’ knowledge of basic research methodologies and techniques;
  2. build fundamental skills in data analysis and interpretation;
  3. develop critical thinking skills for designing, reading and evaluating academic literature;
  4. offer a forum to engage in productive dialogue about students’ research interests;
  5. help first-year and TRiO eligible students develop skills that will prepare them for future college research and internship positions. 

Additionally, the CAA Lab builds a culture of academic engagement and collaboration as students participate in scholarly activities under the supervision of research coordinators, faculty mentors, graduate students, and senior McNair participants. These objectives are also aimed to help historically underrepresented students to develop relationships and talents to successfully navigate their college transition.


Training internship for first-year students: For first-year students with an early interest in research and graduate school, the CAA Research Lab provides research training for students from first-generation, low-income, or ethnic minority backgrounds.

Internship opportunities for advanced students: In alignment with CAA's mission, the CAA Research Internship is an opportunity for first-generation and low-income students to learn research skills and knowledge while exploring research careers. By assisting CAA staff with ongoing research projects, this internship supports students' academic engagement and retention, offers them the opportunity to become more competitive applicants for graduate school, and provides them the opportunity to learn foundational research skills necessary for various research careers.

CAA Men of Color Graduate Internship: Is an opportunity for a male student from a historically underrepresented ethnic group to learn research skills and knowledge while exploring their research careers. This internship is part of CAA’s contribution to the Male of Color initiative at DePaul. The objective of the internship is to support graduate students' academic engagement/retention, provide training and experiences in support of their degree progress, and offer students opportunities to become competitive applicants for research awards and scholarships. The research internship experience focuses on teaching foundational research skills necessary for various research careers in social and educational fields by assisting researchers at CAA with ongoing research projects.


For information about applications, contact:

Dr. Terry Vaughan III |  

Dr. Luciano Berardi |