Summer Undergraduate Program in Computational Neuroscience

From: Tai Sing Lee <tai@CNBC.CMU.EDU>


Carnegie Mellon - University of Pittsburgh Joint Summer Undergraduate Program in Computational Neuroscience


Undergraduates interested in receiving research training in computational neuroscience are encouraged to apply to an NIH-sponsored summer program at the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition in Pittsburgh. The Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition is a joint interdisciplinary program of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. The 2014 program will *tentatively* run from May 27 through August 1, 2014. The final deadline for application is Feb 11. All participants must be United States citizens or permanent residents, must be enrolled at a 4-year accredited institution, and must be in their sophomore or junior year at the time of application. Any undergraduate may apply, but we are especially interested in attracting students with strong quantitative backgrounds with some experience in calculus, statistics and/or computer programming. Experience in neuroscience is not required. Students from groups underrepresented in the sciences are encouraged to apply.


The core of the program is the opportunity to carry out an individual mentored research project working closely with a faculty mentor. Other aspects of the scientific program include: 12 faculty lectures on computational neuroscience at the beginning, followed by student presentations and discussion of articles from the scientific literature, presentations on career options and scientific ethics, and a concluding symposium in which students present their research.


Application form is available at:


Application can be returned via email or regular mail (see addresses below).

In addition to the application, the following items are required for evaluation:


     * A brief (one page) essay about your interest and experience in neural computation.

     * Official transcript from the institution you are attending

     * Two letters from professional references. You should contact your recommenders and ask them to mail or email a letter directly to us.

     * SAT/ACT scores (do NOT have to be official; photocopies are acceptable)


Documents should be mailed to:

Computational Neuroscience Summer Program Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition Carnegie Mellon University

4400 Fifth Avenue

Suite 115

Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2617


Brief list of CMU-Pitt CNBC faculty working in computational neuroscience:

John Anderson (Carnegie Mellon, Psychology) Aaron Batista (University of Pittsburgh, Bioengineering) Marlene Behrmann (Carnegie Mellon, Psychology) Marlene Cohen (University of Pittsburgh, Neuroscience) Carol Colby (University of Pittsburgh, Neuroscience) Steve Chase (Carnegie Mellon, ECE/Biomedical Engineering) Justin Crowley (Carnegie Mellon, Biology) Brent Doiron (University of Pittsburgh, Mathematics) William Eddy (Carnegie Mellon, Statistics) Bard Ermentrout (University of Pittsburgh, Mathematics) Julie Fiez (University of Pittsburgh, Psychology) John Horn (University of Pittsburgh, Neurobiology) Robert Kass (Carnegie Mellon, Statistics) Charles Kemp (Carnegie Mellon, Psychology) Seong-Gi Kim (University of Pittsburgh, Radiology) Sandra Kuhlman (Carnegie Mellon, Biology) Tai Sing Lee (Carnegie Mellon, Computer Science) Tom Mitchell (Carnegie Mellon, Machine Learning) Carl Olson (Carnegie Mellon, Neural Basis of Cognition) Anne-Marie Oswald (University of Pittsburgh, Neuroscience) Monica Perez (University of Pittsburgh, Neurobiology & Rehabilitation) David Plaut (Carnegie Mellon, Psychology) Steven Prescott (University of Pittsburgh, Neurobiology) Lynne Reder (Carnegie Mellon, Psychology) Erik Reichle (University of Pittsburgh, Psychology) Johnathan Rubin (University of Pittsburgh, Mathematics) Walt Schneider (University of Pittsburgh, Psychology) Andrew Schwartz (University of Pittsburgh, Bioengineering) Daniel Simons (University of Pittsburgh, Neurobiology) Matthew Smith (University of Pittsburgh,  Ophthalmology) Peter Strick (University of Pittsburgh, Psychiatry) Michael Tarr (Carnegie Mellon, Psychology) Dave Touretzky (Carnegie Mellon, Computer Science) Robert Turner (University of Pittsburgh, Neurobiology) Nathan Urban (Carnegie Mellon, Biology) Valerie Ventura (Carnegie Mellon, Statistics) Timothy Verstynen (Carnegie Mellon, Psychology) Douglas Weber (University of Pittsburgh, Physical medicine and Rehabilitation) Byron Yu (Carnegie Mellon, ECE/Biomedical Engineering)


A full list can be found at: or at: