Month: November 2017

Info Session: Living Lab at the CT Science Center

Sign up for the Connecticut Science Center info sessions on  Wednesday 11/30 or Friday 12/1! We’re planning on making better use of a collaboration with the local science museum to run experiments and do outreach, and you’re invited to participate. Even if you don’t have any experiments that would be a good fit for a science museum context (and you’d be surprised what can be), we’d even take people who just want to do some outreach about language research with non-scientists. If you’re interested, please use this link to sign up. Even if you can’t make the days/times listed, feel free to put your name down, and we’ll email you the information we’ll be discussing. We will likely have Megan Dempsey, our contact at the CSC, as a guest on at least Friday.

Laurel Hall, room 106 –  Wednesday (11/29, noon) or Friday (12/1, 3pm)

Summer Research Programs

Now is the time that summer research programs are announcing their 2018 deadlines! There are 699 summer research programs posted on the Pathways to Science site.

At Pathways to Science students can find summer research listings:

Students will be able to find:

– 57 summer science exposure programs for high school students
– 607 PAID summer research programs for undergraduates
– 30 PAID summer programs for post-baccalaureate students (including graduating seniors)
– 56 PAID summer programs for graduate students

For even more search options and filters, try our advanced search page.

If students need help finding programs that fit their interests, please email the Director below:

Liv Detrick, Senior Advisor
David Siegfried, Executive Director
The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP)

The mission of the Institute for Broadening Participation is to increase diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. We design and implement strategies to increase access to STEM education, funding, and careers, with special emphasis on reaching and supporting individuals from underserved communities and underrepresented groups, including underrepresented minorities, women, persons with disabilities, first generation college students, and students from underserved communities. The Institute for Broadening Participation is a 501(c)(3) organization, tax ID #20-1891162. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

12/8 – Psychosis as a window on perception and belief

The Cognitive Science Colloquium Series presents:

Friday, December 1
Oak 109

Phil Corlett, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University will present a lecture on:

Psychosis as a window on perception and belief

Psychosis has many causes but is generally defined in terms of conscious experiences of the world, and of oneself, that deviate appreciably from consensual reality. It may be useful to break it down into its component symptoms of anomalous perceptions (“hallucinations”) and bizarre and inexplicable beliefs (“delusions”). A major challenge in developing a comprehensive and coherent understanding of psychosis is to characterize the nature of disturbances that may give rise both to a profoundly altered experience and understanding of the world and to an impairment in one’s capacity to sample and use evidence in order to optimize inferences. I will argue that these symptoms both entail devising a world model that accounts for one’s reality. I will explore the degree to which developing our understanding of the brain as a predictive inference device can provide a powerful explanatory framework within which to understand the disruptions in conscious experience of the world that characterize psychosis, from fundamental and pervasive perturbations in interoception, exteroception, self perception to wider disruptions in how one infers the contents of other minds. Moreover, by refining our understanding of how these disturbances may occur, we gain valuable insights to how the brain generates our experiences more generally.


Summer Internship Opportunity at Boston College

*Summer Internship at the Language Learning Lab*

The Language Learning Lab at Boston College (L3@BC), directed by Dr. Joshua
Hartshorne, is seeking undergraduate research assistants for Summer 2018.
Students who desire more research experience and seek opportunities to
contribute to various stages of the scientific process are encouraged to
apply here.

Application deadline is February 1, 2018.


*Internship details:*

– The program will last 10 weeks (tentatively June 11 – August 17).
– The position is full-time (up to a 40 hour work week).
– The lab is located on the main campus of Boston College, which allows
full access to the many opportunities in the city of Boston.
– This is a paid position. Each intern will receive a stipend for the
summer ($11/hour).


– Students should be current undergraduate students with a major in
Psychology, Computer Science, or a related field.
– Preference will be given to applicants with previous research
experience and experience with children.


You can find more information about the position here.
Please contact the lab manager
<> with any questions.

Call for Applications: IBACS’ Summer Graduate Fellowships


The Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (CT IBACS) is inviting applications to its Graduate Fellowship Program.

These 3-month fully funded summer fellowships are intended for graduate students working on topics with relevance (broadly construed) to the Brain and Cognitive Sciences. IBACS Graduate Fellows attend a short grant-writing workshop at the start of the summer period (May 14 & 16, 2018), and will be expected to submit an application to the NSF GRFP, NRSA (pre- or post-doctoral fellowship), or equivalent, in the Fall.

Deadline for receipt of applications is December 8th.

Graduate students who are not US citizens are eligible to apply, and are expected to work with their advisor to develop an external research proposal if they are not eligible for graduate fellowships. Students who were fellows in 2016 or 2017 may apply if they submitted the external grant proposal they developed last year and it was not funded, with the expectation that they will revise their previous grant or develop a new one.

Please refer to the full details here.

Boston College Lab Manager opportunity – Language Learning Lab


Boston College

Lab Manager Position

Language Learning Lab 

The Language Learning Laboratory at Boston College, directed by Dr. Joshua
Hartshorne, invites applications for full-time research assistants. Our
research sits at the intersection between linguistics, neuroscience,
artificial intelligence, and psychology. Our strategy is to leverage new
and emerging technologies to address previously unanswerable scientific
questions. This includes massive crowdsourcing efforts (our website,, has been visited by over 2,000,000 volunteer

The only requirements for this position are a bachelor’s degree or
equivalent (in hand by start date), diligence, and the ability to work in
teams. However, valuable skills and experiences include: prior research
experience, training in linguistics, knowledge of non-English languages,
computer programming or statistical skills, and experience with science
outreach and public engagement. Lab managers will be engaged primarily in
research or in administration and project management, depending on
interests and abilities.

You can learn more about this position at

Review will begin on 11/15/2017 and continue until the position is filled.

All questions can be directed to

Boston University – T32 Post Doc Fellowship in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Boston University is accepting applications for an immediate opening in their T32 fellowship program. Please contact Professor Tager-Flusberg (below) for information and application procedures.

Helen Tager-Flusberg, PhD
Professor, Psychological & Brain Sciences
Director, Center for Autism Research Excellence