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Join Us

Undergraduate Students

You can be a research assistant in the RIT Brain Lab! RIT students may volunteer in the lab during the academic year (fall or spring semester) or during the summer. A limited number of paid positions are also available. It’s possible to do your co-op in the lab.  

If you would like to join us, please email your resume/CV to Dr. Merkel at (include your GPA).


Graduate Students

You can earn your M.S. degree in Computer Engineering at RIT.  Dr. Merkel is available to mentor a limited number of graduate students in the Brain Lab.  

If you would like to apply to our M.S. program and you want to work with Dr. Merkel, you should:

  • Review the admission requirements
  • Complete a graduate application by Feb. 15 for priority review. Be sure your personal statement clearly states your interest in Dr. Merkel’s research.
  • Before you apply, contact Dr. Merkel via email with your CV and a statement of how your research interests are a good fit with the Brain Lab.
  • Visit Dr. Merkel for an interview and tour of the lab and RIT.