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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Deadline: Early March (contact Benjamin Dionysus for full details)

The Cognitive Science summer undergraduate fellowships are aimed at providing an important and meaningful research experience to undergraduates in Cognitive Science and its allied disciplines. Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary program devoted to the understanding of the mind and the application of that understanding to domains such as Education. The allied disciplines within Cognitive Science at Northwestern are Anthropology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Computer Science, Learning Sciences, Learning and Organizational Change, Linguistics, Music Cognition, Philosophy, and Psychology.

The summer fellowships provide an opportunity for sustained full-time involvement with faculty-sponsored research. Each fellow will be part of a research team for the summer. Fellows will see how Cognitive Science research is done in specific contexts. Fellows will also interact with one another and other faculty during research seminars.

Who May Apply:  Northwestern Cognitive Science majors and minors. The fellowship program may also consider applications from students majoring in related disciplines who wish to pursue research in Cognitive Science.

How to Apply: The applicant should propose a specific project together with an individual faculty advisor. He/she should also write a brief statement about his/her Cognitive Science interests and current career plan beyond undergraduate study. The student should email a copy of the proposal and the personal statement to: The faculty advisor should send a brief (one page or less) letter of support to the same email address.

Please include the phrase "Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship" in the subject line of the email.

Fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis. Each fellow will receive a stipend of $3500.00 for two months (in some cases the faculty advisor may be able to supplement this amount with grant money: for example, to cover a third month). On-campus housing will be available during the summer at student expense. The funding covers two summer months of full time research. Students and faculty can arrange their research schedules to fit their project. Students will have an opportunity to present their research to the Cognitive Science community.

Upon completion of the project, the student will write a short summary of the project, the results, and the experience as a whole. If the project was successful, the student should explain the results. If not, the student should summarize the problems with the project, and how they might be overcome in future work.

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