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 a position open for a research specialist! Please get in touch if interested, and apply here: https://wd1.myworkdaysite.com/recruiting/upenn/careers-at-penn/job/Stephen-A-Levin-Building---2nd-Floor/Research-Specialist--Penn-Psychology_JR00054588-1.
We do not currently have any positions open for PhD students or postdocs*
Feel free to get in touch to discuss potential future opportunities.
*Unless you are able to secure external funding, or funding through a U Penn fellowship program:
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: https://psychology.sas.upenn.edu/psyc399-guidelines/independent-study-options-psyc399
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: https://sasupenn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_agxOVn0NXPFP7Jb
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, https://www.curf.upenn.edu/, for more information and a more comprehensive list of opportunities.
MindCore: Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program in Interdisciplinary Mind and Brain Studies
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.
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 https://www.curf.upenn.edu/content/class-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!
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.