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CUSI 2021


Explore the interdisciplinary cognitive sciences at the

Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences

Undergraduate Summer Institute (CUSI)


Application Window: Applications for CUSI 2021 are open until Monday, May 17th 


The Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences (CCBS) at The Ohio State University hosts an annual program for undergraduate students. The CCBS Undergraduate Summer Institute (CUSI) is an 8 session survey program designed for students who wish to learn more about cognitive science as an interdisciplinary field and possibly pursue an academic or industry career in research.

The 2021 Institute will convene 
Monday, Jun 7th - Monday, August 2nd 

CUSI is an interactive program comprised of research talks and professional training and development workshops for promising undergraduates who may pursue research careers in academic or industry settings. The research content spans the various sub-disciplines of cognitive and brain sciences, while the training and development workshops cover topics including writing, being an effective undergraduate researcher, applying to graduate school, and promoting/sustaining diversity in the research environment. Seminars and workshops will be led by OSU faculty members with specific expertise and research interests in the cognitive sciences. Throughout the program, students will be given opportunities to speak informally with OSU faculty and graduate students from various departments and participate in enrichment activities. The goal of CUSI is to complement students’ in-lab research training with career development, while connecting them to a community of like-minded hard working and talented individuals. The 2021 CUSI flyer can be found here:

2021 CCBS CUSI Flyer

Application Requirements and Process:

CUSI will be accepting a limited number of students for enrollment.

  • Applicants must be OSU undergraduate students
  • Students must be working a minimum of 10 hours per week as an Undergraduate Research Assistant within an Ohio State University Lab for the duration of the program
  • Acceptance to CUSI will be prioritized based on academic performance and research experience 

Interested applicants must submit the application materials to ccbs@osu.edu

Please check back soon for the 2021 application deadline! Required materials are:

  • Completed application
  • Signed Faculty Supervisor Agreement Form (attached to application)
  • University transcript
  • CV/resume
  • Statement of interest (500 words or less)
  • Optional Diversity Statement (500 words or less)

Notification of decisions will be made in  May 2021.

Schedule and location:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic CUSI will begin meeting virtually for the Summer 2021 term. If University guidelines allow, CUSI may switch to an in person format. CUSI convenes for 8 weekly sessions 10 am - 1 pm. Dates that CUSI will take place are: June 7th, June 14th, June 21st, June 28th, July 12th, July 19th, July 26th, and August 2nd

(Note: CUSI will not meet on July 5th in observation of Independence day).


For more information, please contact ccbs@osu.edu. We look forward to receiving your application!

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