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 am currently recruiting both PhD and 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:

  • The ability to help manage teams of undergraduate students.
  • At the moment, I am specifically looking for graduate students with one or more of the following skill sets. Although inexperience in all of these areas does not disqualify you, I will show preference to students who are skilled in:
      • Natural language processing (NLP)
      • Formal logic, particularly with first-, second-, or higher-order logic.
      • Automated reasoning and automated or assisted theorem proving
      • Cognitive modeling / cognitive architectures
  • Before contacting, make sure you have some familiarity with, and interest in, my (Dr. Licato's) research areas. If you just send a copy-pasted email, I'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 see emails that specifically answer the following questions:
      • What your experience is in my research areas, or areas that are closely related. Be specific.
      • What are some specific areas or ideas you're interested in working on if I take you on as a student, and how they relate to AMHR's work? What are some larger questions that keep you awake at night? What have you done to seek answers to these questions? For example:
        • "I have always wanted to know what allows people to accept certain types of arguments and not others. Over the past few years, I've studied [something], and their view is that [some interesting view]. I think we can implement this in AI by [some idea]. This relates to your lab because you have written about [something relevant]."
      • What year you're in, your GRE scores, and what degree you're interested in pursuing
      • When I read your emails, I'm looking for signs that you're truly interested in the topics listed above, and have the potential to go through the long, rigorous, training process that is involved in earning a PhD. Don't make your email look like you just copy-pasted my name, my research lab, and some catch phrases into some form letter.


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