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UD Summer Workshop in Brain and Cognitive Sciences

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If you have questions not covered in the FAQ, please contact us at brainworkshop@psych.udel.edu.

I am interested in the 2018 workshop. When will it be?

  • The workshop is scheduled for June 4-15, 2018.

When is the application deadline?

  • The application deadine is March 1st.

How do​ I apply?

  • If you are a University of Delaware student, please apply at this link. Use your University of Delaware login to apply.
  • If you are not a University of Delaware student, please click here and select "Create a new account".  to create an account. After logging in to this account, click here and select "Summer 2018: Workshop in Cognitive and Brain Sciences". 
How do my reference writers send in their letters?
  • When you apply, you will enter contact information for two references. Once you save your application, our system will then generate a form that your reference will fill out with their recommendation. Reference letters will only be accepted through this system - so please make sure that your references have received the letter, and that they submit via this system.
  • Please note that we will begin reviewing applications on March 8th.  Any applications that do not have two reference letters by this date will not be considered.

What will the curriculum be?

  • Generally, participants will be provided with an intensive experience in cognitive neuroscientific research, via lectures, hands-on labs, and discussion, led by faculty at the University of Delaware. Our current curriculum includes the following topics, all taught by professors at the University of Delaware:
    • Behavioral Epigenetics
    • Bilingualism and Cognition
    • Body Representations
    • Brain Stimulation
    • Cognitive Neuropsychology
    • Education and Cognition
    • Electroencephalography (lab)
    • Functional Neuroimaging (labs)
    • Impulse Control Disorders and the Brain
    • Infant Cognition
    • Language Acquisition
    • Language Disorders
    • Memory and Space
    • Neuroanatomy (lab)
    • Optogenetics
    • Statistics and Replicability in Psychological Science
    • Social Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Along with coursework, there will be multiple social events, along with opportunities to interact with faculty instructors in formal and informal settings.

​​Is prior experience in research required?

  • No.

Is prior coursework in cognitive science and/or cognitive neuroscience required?

  • No.

Who is eligible to participate in the workshop?

  • Any undergraduates (i.e. you do not currently have a Bachelor's degree) are welcome to apply.  Current sophomores and juniors are given priority, but all can apply.

What if I am graduating this spring?

  • Any undergraduate who graduates this semester (Spring 2018) can apply as long as they have not been accepted to graduate school.  

I am interested in the workshop.  How much does it cost?

  • Thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation, it is free for permanent residents and citizens of the United States who are accepted to the workshop. We will provide housing and meals for the two-week program, along with domestic travel to/from the University of Delaware.​  

I am an international student.  Can I attend?

  • Unfortunately, this program is open only to permanent residents and citizens of the United States

What are the selection criteria?

  • We are looking for curious, engaged students who are interested in ​pursuing a career in science with a focus on the cognition and perception, broadly defined. Applicants should clearly discuss their interest in cognition and perception in their cover letter.
  • Furthermore, our program is supported by an NSF EPSCoR grant. The EPSCoR program is designed to enhance STEM capacity in the following jurisdictions: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We encourage applicants from these jurisdictions to apply.

What if I want to do research at the University of Delaware for the entire summer?

  • We have funding for some participants to engage in Research Experience for Undergraduates over the entire summer. These participants will stay at UD for eight weeks immediately after brain camp and engage in cognitive research. They will be provided with a $3,500 stipend for food and other expenses. If you are interested in this, please add an additional paragraph to your cover letter indicating who​ you would like to do research with, and why. 

I am interested in doing summer research at the University of Delaware, but am not sure who I should work with.  

  • First, we suggest browsing the websites for psychology faculty at the University of Delaware. Look over their research interests and see what is interesting to you.  It would also be good to contact faculty you are interested in working with to see if they are taking undergraduates this summer. ​

Do you have descriptions of faculty research from those who are taking students?

  • Yes. Below are a few confirmed faculty who will be taking undergraduates this summer. 
  • Jim Hoffman​ - Emotion-induced blindness refers to impaired awareness of visual information appearing soon after presentation of a task-irrelevant, emotional picture (e.g., a threatening animal, a bloody face, etc.). Together with colleagues at the University of New South Wales in Australia, the Hoffman lab showed that this impaired awareness is related to brain activity in visual areas of the brain that occurs approximately a quarter of a second after presentation of the emotional picture. We are continuing to explore the mechanisms responsible for this fascinating  phenomenon using recordings of brain activity (EEG)  and behavioral methods.​​
  • Jared Medina - How does the brain represent the body? Our percept of our bodies is the product of a complex multisensory system that gives us the feeling of touch, agency, and embodiment.  This is clearly evident when these systems break down, as seen in individuals with impairments after amputation (phantom limbs), brain damage (stroke), or during perceptual illusions (e.g. the rubber hand illusion, mirror box illusion).  In the Medina lab, we explore questions that range from using fMRI to understand cortical plasticity after stroke to using illusions to understand what it means to feel embodied.  Undergraduates will work on related projects - feel free to e-mail Dr. Medina with any questions. 
  • Anna Papafragou - Language is one of the most distinctive human traits. Research in the Papafragou lab addresses fundamental questions about the nature, use and acquisition of this complex system: How do adults produce and understand language? How can very young children acquire the words and structures of their native tongue? Can language drive cognitive development in children? And do people who speak different languages think differently? Our lab combines  a variety of experimental methods and tests preschool-aged children and adults from multiple language backgrounds and in several settings (including local daycares and museums). Undergraduate students work with an active group of more senior lab members and receive intense mentoring and support. 
  • Tim Vickery - In the Vickery lab, undergraduates can participate in on-going research that explores visual and reward learning in brain and behavior. We are interested in how people learn to make decisions about the world, particularly on the basis of learning about how choices in the past have led to positive and negative outcome. We scan participants in fMRI while they make simple decisions, and examine how brain activity changes over time in response to outcomes. A second line of research is concerned with implicit visual learning — how people learn about the structure of the world through experience, and how such learning is implemented in the brain. Undergraduates entering our lab can gain exposure to programming and running behavioral and fMRI experiments, as well as analyzing behavior and brain data using advanced methods such as computer modeling of choice.
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