We are an interdisciplinary research center serving as the foundation for research in the cognitive sciences at the University of Minnesota. Our members represent 24 University departments and 9 colleges. The Center originated in the 1960's as a meeting ground for faculty and students with interests in cognitive science.
The Center's primary mission continues to be the facilitation of interdisciplinary research and teaching in cognitive science. The Center provides its members with opportunities to share their insights on recent advances and develop interdisciplinary research collaborations. As the field of cognitive science has emerged, the Center has evolved as the interdisciplinary cognitive sciences center of the University of Minnesota.
The Center administers a graduate major (PhD) and graduate minor in Cognitive Sciences. It is also the home of a competitive pre-doctoral training program, drawing trainees from multiple departments at the University of Minnesota. At the undergraduate level, the Center houses the Undergraduate Research Program in Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, which offers undergraduates from universities across the country the opportunity to participate in a research-intensive summer program.
The Center hosts a variety of events each year to encourage the interchange of knowledge and emerging research. Participants are drawn from a broad range of disciplines and include students and faculty from on campus as well as experts from other institutions around the world.
The Center supports a colloquium series throughout the school year. Colloquia feature members of the Center and visiting speakers.
With the first issue anticipated in Fall 2009, this new journal is published by the Center and devoted to perspectives, connections, reviews, controversies, and commentaries in the broad, interdisciplinary field of the cognitive sciences.
The Executive Council, which meets monthly, is made up of elected representatives from the pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, and faculty membership, as well as committee chairs.
The Center members are pre-doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty at the University of Minnesota. Affiliated scientists from academe and industry also participate in the life of the Center. To become a member, see Membership.