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CNBC summer undergraduate research program

Dave Touretzky dst+ at cs.cmu.edu
Mon Feb 10 16:58:22 EST 1997

The Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, a joint project of Carnegie
Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, is seeking applications
from top-quality undergraduates interested in pursuing summer research in
cognitive or computational neuroscience.  The CNBC summer training program
is a ten week intensive program of lectures, laboratory tours, and guided
research.  State of the art facilities include computerized microscopy;
laboratories for human and animal electrophysiological recording;
behavioral assessment laboratories for rat, primate, and human
experimentation; MRI and PET scanners for brain imaging; the Pittsburgh
Supercomputing Center; and a regional medical center providing access to
human clinical populations.  The Summer Training Program is a National
Science Foundation sponsored program; we expect to support ten students in
each of the next five years.  Applications are encouraged from students
with interests in biology, neuroscience psychology, engineering, physics,
mathematics, computer science, or robotics.  Participants will receive a
$2500 stipend.  To be eligible, students must not yet have completed their
bachelor's degree at the time they participate.

The application deadline is March 15, 1997.  For more information about the
program, and detailed application instructions, see our web site at:

In addition to its summer program, the Center for the Neural Basis of
Cognition (CNBC) offers an interdisciplinary training program for Ph.D. and
postdoctoral students in collaboration with various affiliated departments
at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.  This
training program is the descendant of the Neural Processes in Cognition
program started in 1990 under the National Science Foundation.  We now have
thirty six graduate students and thirty five faculty affiliated with the
CNBC.  The program focuses on understanding higher level brain function in
terms of neurophysiological, cognitive, and brain imaging data complemented
with computational modeling.  Individually designed programs of study
encompass cellular and systems neuroscience, computational neuroscience,
cognitive modeling, and brain imaging.

For a brochure describing the graduate training program and application
materials, contact us at the following address:
 	Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
        115 Mellon Institute
        4400 Fifth Avenue
        Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Telephone:  (412) 268-4000      Fax: (412) 268-5060      
Email: cnbc-admissions at cnbc.cmu.edu

This material is also available on our web site at http://www.cnbc.cmu.edu

Faculty:  The CNBC training faculty includes: German Barrionuevo (Pitt
Neuroscience):  LTP in hippocampal slice; Marlene Behrmann (CMU
Psychology): spatial representations in parietal cortex; Pat Carpenter (CMU
Psychology): mental imagery, language, and problem solving; Jonathan Cohen
(CMU Psychology): schizophrenia; dopamine and attention; Carol Colby (Pitt
Neuroscience): spatial reps. in primate parietal cortex; Bard Ermentrout
(Pitt Mathematics): oscillations in neural systems; Julie Fiez (Pitt
Psychology): fMRI studies of language; John Horn (Pitt Neurobiology):
synaptic learning in autonomic ganglia; Allen Humphrey (Pitt Neurobiology):
motion processing in primary visual cortex; Marcel Just (CMU Psychology):
visual thinking, language comprehension; Eric Klann (Pitt Neuroscience):
hippocampal LTP and LTD; Alan Koretsky (CMU Biological Sciences): new fMRI
techniques for brain imaging; Tai Sing Lee (CMU Comp. Sci.): primate visual
cortex; computer vision; David Lewis (Pitt Neuroscience): anatomy of
frontal cortex; James McClelland (CMU Psychology): connectionist models of
cognition; Carl Olson (CNBC): spatial representations in primate frontal
cortex; David Plaut (CMU Psychology): connectionist models of reading;
Michael Pogue-Geile (Pitt Psychology): development of schizophrenia; John
Pollock (CMU Biological Sci.): neurodevelopment of the fly visual system;
Walter Schneider (Pitt Psychology): fMRI studies of attention and skill
acquisition; Charles Scudder (Pitt Neurobiology): motor learning in
cerebellum; Susan Sesack (Pitt Neuroscience): anatomy of the dopaminergic
system; Dan Simons (Pitt Neurobiology): sensory physiology of the cerebral
cortex; William Skaggs (Pitt Neuroscience): representations in rodent
hippocampus; and David Touretzky (CMU Comp. Sci.): hippocampus, rat
navigation, animal learning.

Walter Schneider		David Touretzky
Professor of Psychology		Computer Science Department
University of Pittsburgh 	Carnegie Mellon University

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