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Cognitive Science 2013 Annual Award Recipients
Outstanding Dissertation Award – Joseph Houpt
Outstanding Teaching Award – Ben Motz
Outstanding Research Award – Jennifer Trueblood
Daniel Smedema – Outstanding Contribution
Samuel Zorowitz and Lindsey Kitchell – Outstanding Research
Robert Hawkins – Outstanding achievement
Summer 2013 Research Scholarship Recipients
Cotie Long, working with Prof. Mike Jones and Melody DyeCongratulations to all our winners!
Katherine Samson, working with Prof. Shiffrin
Fred Diego, working at Learn Lab Summer Research Institute
Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarships
The Cognitive Science Program invites all undergraduate IU cognitive science majors to apply for a Cognitive Science Undergraduate Summer Research Scholarship. Further information is available at http://www.cogs.indiana.edu/undergraduate/opportunities/undergraduate-summer-research-scholarships.php.
Testimonial from a recent Visiting Undergraduate Research Fellowhip recipient
From Sam Zorowitz, Johns Hopkins University and 2012-13 IU Visiting Undergraduate Research Fellow:
"I can honestly say that the IU VURF has been the most rewarding experience of my undergraduate career. Some highlights include being taught by some of the most distinguished minds in cognitive science; attending innumerable presentations on cutting-edge research both here at IU and internationally; and acquiring many new and invaluable skills, including Bayesian data analysis, programming for experimental design, and large-scale information visualization. Most importantly though, I have spent the year working closely under two incredible, supportive advisors on a number of exciting research projects. In fact, under their guidance, I am now conducting my very own experiments!
"Of course, it's not all just about work. Bloomington is a lively and gorgeous city with a serious penchant for fine arts and international cuisine. By bike or bus, it is easy to get out and enjoy great music at any of the many venues on- or off-campus; the best in film at IU's own cinema (tickets are often free!); and then go grab a bite to eat at one of the literally hundreds of fantastic restaurants around town. As excited as I am to head back home, I'll never forget the experiences I've had this year as a Hoosier!"
Josh de Leeuw's Robotics Research
Josh de Leeuw's research on autonomous Neuro-Evolving Robotic Devices (NERDs) is featured in a Vassar College's news item.. Josh is a class of '08 alumni of Vassar College and is now in the doctoral program in cognitive science at Indiana University.
Prof. Jon Crystal's Animal Memory Research Opens Doors to Investigating Memory Diseases
Professor Jonathan Crystal and a group of IU neuroscientists have discovered the first evidence of source memory in rats. The report's findings have "fascinating implications," Prof. Crystal, both in evolutionary terms and for future research into the biological underpinnings of memory, as well as the treatment of diseases marked by memory failure such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's, or disorders such as schizophrenia, PTSD and depression. Read more here.
Prof. Colin Allen Weighs in on Self-Driving Cars
Professor Colin Allen, in an article for the Guardian, argues for black boxes in self-driving cars in an article featuring arguments for and against self-driving cars. Read more here.
Upper-level undergraduate students and students who are graduating from college (and are not currently enrolled at IU) are invited to apply to the Visiting Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program. Applications are due March 15, 2013.
The Cognitive Science Program is home to the NSF IGERT doctoral training program in the dynamics of brain-body-environment systems in behavior and cognition.
Trainees receive extensive support and funding for their doctoral studies at IU.