Prospective Students

Interested in working with us? Currently, we are recruiting PhD and master's students, and are always recruiting undergraduates interested in being involved in research. Please carefully read the following directions before contacting us:

Prospective Undergraduate Students:

If you are an undergraduate student interested in working with us, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Able to work at least 5-10 hours a week
  • Self-motivation and an interest in researching reasoning
  • Willingness to do the kind of work few others in the world are doing
  • An ability to tackle new and difficult problems in creative ways

Students who have been working with me a few semesters and have proven themselves capable of research may be eligible for paid research positions, and the chance to be involved in research publications.

Prospective Graduate Students:

I have some funding available for PhD students, and may have some funding available for master's students. Although I am primarily supervising students in the computer science department, I am interested in working with students from other departments as well (e.g., psychology, philosophy, mathematics), as long as you can contribute to one of the lab's research areas. Please contact Dr. Licato for more information. Of my graduate students, I require the following:

  • Ability to work at least 10-20 hours a week
  • A significant level of self-motivation
  • Willingness to do the kind of work few others in the world are doing, and to tackle difficult problems in creative ways
  • Some background in at least one of the following areas: robotics, artificial intelligence, logic, reasoning, or cognitive science.
  • The ability to help manage teams of undergraduate students.
  • Before contacting, make sure you have some familiarity with, and interest in, Dr. Licato's research areas. If you just send a copy-pasted email, we'll be able to tell you didn't do your homework. You can get started by reading some of my past publications. I want to know:
    • What your experience is in logic, reasoning, AI, cognitive science, robotics, and other topics in my research
    • What are some things you're interested in working on
    • What year you're in, and what degree you're interested in pursuing
    • What your favorite food is!


If you think you meet a sufficient amount of these requirements, contact Dr. Licato today!