Cognitive Graduate Program

Information for Current Students

Program Requirements and Checklists

Useful Links

  • Human Research Committee (HRC): Forms and information you will need to submit your protocols for HRC approval.
  • SONA (Psychology 1001 Subject Pool): Post and manage your time slots for your subject pool experiments. You must contact Alicia Segal at hrcoord@psych.colorado.edu to approve new experiments.
  • CLIPR Room Scheduler: Schedule subject testing rooms (E013, E021 and E317). Contact the CLIPR staff to create your account.
  • Petition for In-State Status: You must file for in-state status the summer after your first year (unless you are a foreign student). You must have copies of (1) lease or letter from landlord (or deed, if home owner), (2) federal and state income tax forms, (3) letter of appointment or payroll statements, (4) voter registration, (5) vehicle registration (if applicable), (6) CO driver's license or state ID.

Funding

Departmental and University

Psychology Department Travel application – Funding Up to $200 per semester to attend a conference or workshop.

Institute for Cognitive Science Research and Travel Funding information – Graduate student members of ICS can apply for up to $500 per year for research and up to $700 per year for travel.

Sheryl Young Memorial Scholarship information – $4000 awarded to benefit female graduate students in computer science, psychology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, MCD Biology, chemistry or biochemistry, astrophysics, physics, geology, geography, anthropology, or math enrolled at the University of Colorado at Boulder. To provide full tuition for one year, renewable if the student provides evidence of progress toward a PhD degree, including good grades. Based on financial eligibility (60%) and academic accomplishment (40%).

Beverly Sears Graduate Student Grant information (scroll down to Beverly Sears...) – Variable funding to help defer the costs of research.

Graduate School Student Travel Grant information – The Graduate School offers partial funding for graduate students to present research findings at meetings or conferences outside Colorado. The Graduate School provides a travel grant of $200 for domestic conferences and $300 for international conferences. Funds will be applied directly to the student's tuition account. If the account balance is zero, a refund check will be disbursed by the Bursar's Office of Financial Aid. The grant is contingent on account funding by the Graduate School.

United Government of Graduate Students Travel Grant information – Variable amount ($200–400) awarded each semester for travel to your first conference as a University of Colorado graduate student.

External Funding

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Program information – The National Science Foundation aims to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the United States and to reinforce its diversity by offering approximately 1,100 graduate fellowships in this competition. The Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based masterís or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are in the early stages of their graduate study. The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) invests in graduate education for a cadre of diverse individuals who demonstrate their potential to successfully complete graduate degree programs in disciplines relevant to the mission of the National Science Foundation.

National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants information – The National Science Foundation's Division of Social and Economic Sciences and Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences award grants to doctoral students to improve the quality of dissertation research. These grants provide funds for items not normally available through the student's university. Additionally, these grants allow doctoral students to undertake significant data-gathering projects and to conduct field research in settings away from their campus that would not otherwise be possible. Proposals are judged on the basis of their scientific merit, including the theoretical importance of the research question and the appropriateness of the proposed data and methodology to be used in addressing the question.

National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute information – The East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes provide U.S. graduate students in science and engineering: 1) first-hand research experience in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or Taiwan; 2) an introduction to the science and science policy infrastructure of the respective location; and 3) orientation to the society, culture and language. The primary goals of EAPSI are to introduce students to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering in the context of a research setting, and to help students initiate scientific relationships that will better enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts. The institutes last approximately eight weeks from June to August.

National Institute of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) information – NIH has funding for graduate students in the form of individual fellowships (F31) and institutional training grants.

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Training Opportunities

General

Cold Spring Harbor Courses information – Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has courses in many areas related to cognitive neuroscience. Thanks to federal funds, foundation and corporate support, we provided partial stipends to almost 900 graduate students and postdocs who attended meetings or courses at Cold Spring Harbor. Please enquire about funding for individual meetings by email to meetings@cshl.edu.

Programme of European Neuroscience Schools information – A collaboration between FENS and IBRO. This programme, aimed to train students and young investigators throughout Europe, brings together educational activities previously sponsored by FENS through its Schools Committee and by IBRO's Regional Committees for Europe: Western Europe Regional Committee (WERC) and r Central and Eastern Europe Regional Committee (CEERC). PENS will provide funds to support high-quality Schools and Courses on a wide range of important topics in the Neurosciences. Particular attention will be given to proposals from the membership that encourage an active involvement of the students and the teachers during the entire event.

RIKEN Brain Institute Summer Program information – The RIKEN Brain Science Institute (RIKEN BSI), located just outside Tokyo, Japan, offers a summer program to train advanced students interested in brain function. Applicants may choose either a two-month laboratory internship (Plan A) within a RIKEN BSI laboratory, or participate in an intensive 11-day lecture course (Plan B) featuring a distinguished international faculty. Those participating in the internship may also enroll in the lecture course. Typically, around 45 international students are accepted to the Summer Program each year. Attendees have wide-ranging academic backgrounds and are usually enrolled in graduate courses, or have recently embarked on postdoctoral research. However, candidates holding other positions are encouraged to apply. Attendees usually reside on the RIKEN campus, where they have ample opportunity to interact with invited lecturers, other attendees and RIKEN BSI researchers. Students unable to provide their own financial support will be considered for travel and accommodation bursaries provided by RIKEN BSI.

Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience information – The two-week course examines how information about brain structure and function interacts with issues in cognitive sciences and how approaches in cognitive science apply to other forms of neuroscience research. A distinguished faculty will lecture on current topics. Laboratories and demonstrations will provide practical experience with methods in anatomy and functional imaging and their application to issues in cognitive neuroscience. Applications are invited from beginning and established researchers.

Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

John Merck Fund Summer Institute on the Biology of Developmental Disabilities information – The annual John Merck Fund Summer Institute on the Biology of Developmental Disabilities is held for one week each summer. The course examines basic principles of behavior, brain function and organization in the context of typical and atypical development. Experts in the fields of psychology, neurobiology, neuroendocrinology and neuroscience present their work in addition to hands-on workshops on brain imaging, genetics and modeling methods. The institute is geared toward predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows.

EEG/ERP Training

ERP Boot Camp information – The ERP Boot Camp is an intensive introduction to the ERP technique, organized and led by Steve Luck with additional lectures by many other ERP experts. The boot camp is intended for beginning and intermediate ERP researchers—at any career stage—who would like to obtain a firm grasp of the fundamentals of ERP research. Topics include: (1) Where do ERP come from? What do they mean? (2) ERP components (3) Setting up and running an ERP lab (4) The design and interpretation of ERP experiments (5) EEG data acquisition (6) Filtering, artifact rejection, and artifact correction (7) Measuring and analyzing ERP components (8) ERP localization. We will also focus on the use of ERP in several research areas, including: (1) Attention, memory, language, and executive control (2) Aging, dementia, and brain damage (3) Schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders (4) Cognitive development. The boot camp consists of lectures on these topics, accompanied by discussions of classic and contemporary ERP papers and guided lab activities (e.g., EEG recording, filtering waveforms, measuring ERP components).

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