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TRAINING PROGRAM IN COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE
Institute for Neural Computation
University of California, San Diego
PREDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS

DEADLINE: APRIL 29, 2011

 

Applications are invited for predoctoral fellowships from the Training Program in Cognitive Neuroscience through the Institute for Neural Computation at the University of California, San Diego. Applications will be accepted from UCSD graduate students who have completed their first two years of graduate training and have begun their doctoral research.


The fellowships are supported by the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) and provide an annual stipend of $21,180 plus partial payment of in-state fees and registration starting July 1 (or up to six months thereafter, if contiguous to another fellowship). NIMH has awarded the Institute for Neural Computation the total amount of $30,559 as partial funds for in-state fees and registration for four trainees. We ask that the graduate departments be liable for the difference. Therefore, a brief letter or email from the faculty sponsor must be received acknowledging supplemental support will be required of their department as part of the application process.


We provide interdisciplinary training in cognitive neuroscience to create a new generation of cognitive neuroscientists studying normal and abnormal brain function. San Diego has a highly interactive research community in cognitive neuroscience, and 23 faculty members from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and at UCSD participate in this training program. Training will be provided in a wide range of techniques including electrophysiology, magnetoencephalography, functional magnetic resonance imaging and computational modeling. Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. The fellowships are for a twelve-month period.

San Diego has a highly interactive research community in cognitive neuroscience, and 23 faculty members from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and at UCSD participate in this training program. Training will be provided in a wide range of techniques including electrophysiology, magnetoencephalography, functional magnetic resonance imaging and computational modeling. Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. The fellowships are for a twelve-month period.

 

Primary Training Areas


1. Sensory Processing and Perception.  Investigators are working on a broad range of topics that include psychophysics, electrophysiology, brain imaging and modeling studies.  These include T. Albright, R. Buxton, V. de Sa, A. Dale, K. Dobkins, D. Kleinfeld, T. Sharpee and J. Stiles. 


2. SelectiveAttentionThe study of attention is broadly based and includes investigations of the neural mechanisms and the perceptual consequences of space-based, feature-based, and object-based selective attention. These investigators include E. Courchesne, S. Hillyard, R. Krauzlis J. Reynolds and T. Sejnowski


3. Learning and Memory.  San Diego has an especially active research community studying mechanisms of memory at multiple levels ranging from synaptic plasticity to the cognitive neuropsychology of amnesia.  The faculty studying memory on this training grant includes J. Brewer, E. Halgren, M. Kutas, L. Schreibman and L. Squire.


4.  Cognitive Control.   Executive control functions include brain processes that guide thoughts and behaviors through internally generated goals and plans.    The investigators in this area include A. Aron, U. Bellugi, P. Churchland, J. Elman and H. Poizner.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.  They must be enrolled in a graduate program at UCSD in good standing.  The applicant’s home department must agree to offset the fee difference between what this program offers ($4,200) and the actual fees for the year enrolled.

 

Program Requirements for Predoctoral Fellows:


1.   Predoctoral fellows will be preferentially chosen for the training grant whose thesis research is interdisciplinary and who have, in addition to a primary adviser and a secondary adviser to assist with the interdisciplinary research. At least one of the advisers should be a participating faculty in the training program listed below. The fellow should have a research rotation of at least 10 weeks in the laboratory of the secondary thesis adviser.


2.   Fellows will be trained in two or more major research techniques in cognitive neuroscience foci that will include the primary laboratory and a secondary laboratory. Special training courses on sterile techniques, animal handling, and surgery room procedures will be available for students working on vertebrate animals. 


3.   Fellows are expected to attend weekly laboratory meetings within the major laboratory as well as the weekly brown bag seminar series.


4.   Fellows will meet once each month with all other postdoctoral fellows and predoctoral trainees to discuss research.  Each month one of the trainees will be responsible for presenting the research being performed in that student's laboratory. 


5.   Fellows will carry out a 3 to 6 month rotation in their secondary laboratory, including attendance at weekly research meetings.


6.   Fellows are encouraged to present the results of their research at the major annual meetings of the Society for Neuroscience, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, the Cognitive Science Society, the Neural Information Processing Systems conference, and other major meetings.


7.   Finally, predoctoral fellows will attend the fall welcoming meeting and the spring retreat involving all members of the training grant (students and faculty).


8.    A course on responsible conduct of research is required (Cog Sci 241 at UCSD).

 

Application Checklist:

Deadline: 12 noon on April 29, 2011

 

  1. Cover (1 Page):

Name:
Department:
Years since matriculation at UCSD:
Citizenship Status::
Ethnicity/Race (self-reported):
e-mail address:
Primary thesis advisor:
Secondary thesis advisor:
Thesis committee:
Title of thesis project:
Abstract:

  1. Background and Research Interests (1 page):

Academic background
Research training
Research goals

  1. Thesis Proposal Summary (3 pages):

Specific Aims
Methods
Proposed research
Facilities and special equipment available

  1. Two  Letters of recommendation

Your research sponsors should submit a letter of recommendation directly to: incfellowships@inc.ucsd.edu
Subject line should read:  Predoc_reference_Candidate Name

  1. Letter of commitment from home department grad coordinator agreeing to cover fee difference

 

Email PDF Application to: incfellowships@inc.ucsd.edu by deadline

 

Optional Fellowship Opportunity:

Office of Graduate Studies has offered one matching San Diego Fellowship for diversity to this program.  If you would also like to apply for this Fellowship, please download the application form and submit with your application.


See more information at the website.
Note matching fellowships are open to graduate students past their first year.    http://ogsrweb2.ucsd.edu/fellowships/sd_fellowship/index.htm