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Lab commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

The Penn Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab is committed to fostering a diverse and positive lab climate. Individuals of all races, ethnicities, gender-identities, national origin, religions, citizen statuses, ages, sexual orientations, ability statuses, physical appearances, and socioeconomic statuses are welcome and valued in our lab. We are committed to maintaining a discrimination- and harassment-free environment. We strive to better both our science and community by taking deliberate action to improve representation in our field and correct historical and current opportunity imbalances.


We have an open research assistant position!

This is a minimum two year commitment, starting around Summer 2024. Apply here:

We may have spots open for PhD students and post docs this year, feel free to get in touch if interested.


U Penn funding opportunities:




If you are an undergraduate interested in working in our lab or learning more about our research, here are some ways to get involved:


Low commitment: Are you interested in learning what our research is about, and what life is like in our lab?

  • Come to our lab meetings

  • Shadow or meet with our lab members 

  • Participate in one of our studies to learn more about our research

Use the contact form (top right) to get in touch and get involved in any of the above ways, or look for our studies on PennPsychExperiments SONA or UPenn Experiments SBSI SONA.


High commitment: Are you interested in hands-on participation in research?

  • Please reach out using the contact form (top right) if you would like to learn more about current volunteer opportunities

  • We do not want money to be a barrier for you to get involved with our research. Please see below for a list for opportunities to receive compensation (or credit) for your time. We can help you choose and apply for funding awards. Please reach out. We especially encourage women and underrepresented minorities to get in touch!

Opportunities to support undergraduate research in our lab: research for academic credit, undergraduate research grants/awards, federal work-study


** Penn is replacing all packaged summer savings expectations with grant funding for the 2020-20201 academic year in response to COVID-19** 


*** These are all Penn-affiliated funds. If you are not a Penn student but are interested in our work and would require funding to participate, reach out to us and we will explore options with you.***


Research for academic credit


The Independent Study fulfills the research requirement in the Psychology major. Students may pursue one-semester or two-semester Independent Studies.

Independent study options in psychology:

Independent Study in Learning and Memory is associated with Dr. Schapiro and our lab

Prerequisite(s): STAT111 (or its equivalent); CIS 120 (or its equivalent)

Application link:


Biological Basis of Behavior:

Eligibility: Only Juniors and Seniors can receive independent research credit. Students may apply up to two course units of independent research towards their BBB elective requirements


Many other related majors also have research-for-credit or capstone courses. Check your departmental website for more information.


Undergraduate research awards/grants

The following is a brief list of eligible programs for our research. See the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships’ website,, for more information and a more comprehensive list of opportunities. 


Summer-specific funding: 

MindCore: Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program in Interdisciplinary Mind and Brain Studies

Stipend: $4500

Length: 10 weeks


Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program (PURM)

Eligibility: full-time, regularly enrolled undergraduates in good standing, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher from Penn’s four undergraduate schools who are completing their first- or second-year of college. Some spots designated specifically for women in science. 

Stipend: $4500

Other notes: apply for up to three projects posted by faculty 


Jumpstart for Juniors

Eligibility: rising juniors who require a summer of intensive training with a faculty member prior to undertaking a more independent project. Funds can also be used to continue an established research project. 

Amount: up to $1000


Association of Alumnae Rosemary D. Mazzatenta Scholars Award

Eligibility: women undergraduate in the College 

Intended to support recipients in the summer after sophomore or junior year, but can also be used to support continued research during the school year. 

Amount: typically ranges from $500 to $1,500.



College Alumni Society Undergraduate Research Grant - For students in the College

Eligibility: must be in the college

Amount: maximum award is $1000


Vagelos Undergraduate Research Grant - only apply if you are not in the College

Eligibility: good standing at Penn

Amount: maximum award is $1,000

Other: Students in the College should apply for the College Alumni Society Undergraduate Research Grant, and will be considered for the Vagelos Grant as funds are available. Other grants that you can apply to if you are not eligible for the College Alumni Society Undergraduate Research Grant: 


Class of 1971 Robert J. Holtz Fund

Amount: maximum award is $1000


If you are in Engineering or Wharton, there are also separate funding opportunities for both the semester and summer. 

Engineering Undergraduate Research Fund:

Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering:

More information on departmental websites! 


Federal work-study 


If you are eligible for federal work-study, please get in touch to discuss potential opportunities to work in the lab through this program. 

There is the potential for the lab to apply for MindCORE funding to increase work-study wages.

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