The ASSIST Laboratory is an interdisciplinary group of creative thinkers that work on the design, development, and evaluation of adaptive learning technologies, improving the way they interact with learners.


Students come to the lab through several programs offered in the College of Education (Learning and Cognition, MSTAT, and IDET) as well as computer science, engineering, psychology, and the digital humanities. All graduate students should be:

All graduate students are currently supported (tuition benefit, stipend, or GRA/TA appointments), and spend a majority of their time on research-related activities. Projects range from tools for learning, to innovate methods for learner modeling, and multi-modal data mining.

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The Learning and Cognition area grants Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Educational Psychology. Students in this area acquire theoretical knowledge of psychological and/or educational principles and the methodological skills necessary to conduct original research on a variety of topics.

The Instructional Design and Educational Technology program grants Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Education (M.Ed.) degrees, preparing students to analyze, design, develop, implement, and evaluate technology-based instruction for educational contexts. Students pursuing this degree will learn the theoretical issues associated with technology-supported instruction and the applications of technology to support best-teaching practices.

The Masters of Statistics program awards the professional MStat degree with concentration areas in Biostatistics, Econometrics, Educational Psychology, Mathematics, and Sociology. In the program you will have the opportunity to learn the latest in statistics and probability theory and learn about state-of-the-art programming and applications in your chosen area of concentration.

The Department of Educational Psychology and the University of Utah offers a range of internal and external funding opportunities for graduate research assistants, including but not limited to:

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and Work-Study program provides undergraduate students and faculty members the opportunity to work together on research or creative projects.