Linguistics students have many opportunities to become actively engaged in research on language. Dan Parker and Anya Lunden co-direct the Computational and Experimental Linguistics Laboratory (CELL). Jack Martin works with several tribes in the South, and regularly involves students in his research projects. Leslie Cochrane, Kaitlyn Harrigan, and Iyabo Osiapem all actively work with students in their areas of expertise (check out their webpages for more information).
External resources that may be of help include The Linguist List and the Linguistics Society of America website. Need a phonetic font? SIL International has several Unicode IPA fonts, including DoulosSIL.