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Lab Research Aide

If 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 or 3 units is usually best for most people). 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 Brian at

Virtual Reality Intensive Training Seminar (VRITS)

The virtual worlds used here at VHIL have all been programmed by teams of Stanford undergraduates. As part of the seminar you will learn how to develop VR programs and will work directly with researchers on various projects. The workload is roughly equivalent to a 3-unit course (approximately 10 hours per week); however, students receive quarterly stipends instead of course credit. We ask that students commit for the entirety of the academic year.

We seek talented students with programming or 3d modeling experience. Our virtual worlds are developed using Unity, Unreal Engine, and Vizard. Having a background in C#, C++, and/or 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 art or 3D modeling, you may be qualified to join the team as a texture artist or 3D modeler. Feel free to make a note in your application on any questions that ask about detailed CS background that you are applying for a modeling position.

NOTE: Given many uncertainties as a result of COVID-19, we have adapted our program to work well both in-person and remotely.

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:

Participate In Studies

VHIL is often looking for more participants to come into the lab at Stanford and participate in our research. If you would like to be contacted about paid research study opportunities in the lab at Stanford, please fill out the form below:

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Virtual Human Interaction Lab

McClatchy Hall
450 Jane Stanford Way
Building 120, Room 411
Stanford University
Stanford, CA, 94305-2050

The best way to reach us is via email!

Telephone: 650-736-8848
Twitter: @StanfordVR