University Relations


Victoria Interrante, PhD
Computer Science & Engineering

Associate Director
Jeanette Gundel, PhD
Professor, Linguistics



The Center's graduate and undergraduate programs of training and research have been supported by a number of agencies, including:

The National Institute of Child Health and Development

NRT-NSF research grants held by CogSci Center faculty

The Center has received important funding support from University of Minnesota offices, schools and colleges, including:

The Graduate School

The College of Liberal Arts

Office of the Vice President for Research

Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost

Member Institutions

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

PhD student fellowship funding is available for Fall 2018 from the Center for Cognitive Sciences and the Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science.

Current PhD students entering their 2nd or 3rd years may be eligible to apply for 1-2 years of comprehensive funding through the CCS/CATSS training grant, “NRT-UtB: Graduate training program in sensory science: Optimizing the information available for mind and brain.” Students who are selected will receive:

  • 12-month stipend of $34,000
  • Tuition remission
  • Health insurance
  • Eligibility to apply for mini-grants and travel support
  • Opportunities for industry internships

This is an interdisciplinary graduate training program that unites a fundamental understanding of basic sensory science (vision, audition, motor control, speech and language) with deep technical expertise in engineering, computer science, and other related fields. Interdisciplinary research will explore the development of effective assistive technologies for people with sensory deficits that have a major impact on an individual’s quality of life.

NRT Trainees
A trainee must have:

  • A strong undergraduate and first-year graduate academic record;
  • Evidence of interest in interdisciplinary training related to sensory science, cognitive science, neuroscience, computer science, biomedical engineering, or related areas;
  • A strong interest in the project’s interdisciplinary research goals, including a focus on applications of basic science to the development of assistive technologies; and
  • Availability and willingness to take one or more courses in the graduate minor area of translational sensory science.

Students must have permanent resident or US citizen status to receive a paid fellowship.

Trainees must be endorsed by co-advisers from appropriate complementary disciplines.

Apply - Note: the application deadline for 2018 has passed.
Interested students should submit:

  • A cover letter (not to exceed two pages, 11-point font) explaining their qualifications above, describing their interest in translational science, and identifying mentors from different departments/programs who can serve as co-mentors.
  • A CV including graduate G.P.A. and courses taken with their corresponding grades.
  • A letter of recommendation from the student’s primary academic advisor
  • Confirmation from a co-mentor of their willingness to co-advise the student
  • A description of recent research and engagement activities around the theme of translational sensory science.

Applications should be submitted via email ( by March 10, 2018.
Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of the core grant personnel.
Decisions will be made by April 1. 2018


Updated March 12, 2018