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Aid the lab's research for course credit

Research AssistantsIf you are a current Stanford student, you may apply to become an aide in the lab for course credit. We take applications for each quarter of the academic year. Aide's earn 1 unit of course credit for every 3 hours of work in the lab per week (2,3,4 and 5 units are options.) As an aide you would assist in running participants for virtual reality experiments, help in the collection and coding of data for these experiments, and assist the Lab Manager with public tours and general lab tasks.

To apply, please fill out the application form below and send your unofficial transcript to the lab manager, Tobin, at

Apply to be an Aide

Virtual Reality Intensive Training Seminar (VRITS)

VRITS Applications are now open for the 2017-2018 academic year. The submission deadline is MARCH 25th at 11:59pm.

The virtual worlds used here at VHIL have all been programmed by teams of Stanford undergraduate programmers. Each year, VHIL chooses about 10 undergraduate students to join our programming team for the full academic year. The time commitment is roughly equivalent to a 3-unit course (approximately 10 hours per week); however, these students receive quarterly stipends instead of course credit.

We seek talented students with programming or 3d modeling experience. All of our worlds are programmed using Python. Having a background in python is a plus, but not required if you have strong programming skills in other languages.

If you do not have programming experience but do have experience with 2D or 3D modeling or art, you may be qualified to join the team as a 3D modeler. Feel free to make a note in any questions that ask about detailed CS background that you are applying for a modeling position.

The training seminar will run for two weeks in September. One week (9/11/17-9/15/17) will be an at-home tutorial learning seminar, and the following week (9/18/17-9/22/17) students will be required to be on campus 9am-5pm for a week of in-person training as a group.

VRITS Applications are closed for the 2017-2018 academic year. Please check back at the end of Winter Quarter 2017 or see our research aide option above.

Interested in a graduate program?

VHIL is a research lab in the Department of Communication at Stanford. For more information about graduate programs in our department see the Communication website here: