CCBS is proud to host a multitude of educational and outreach programs throughout the year. Read on to learn about our various program initiatives. 


CCBS Undergraduate Summer Institute

The CCBS Undergraduate Summer Institute (CUSI) is an eight week survey program designed for promising undergraduate students who wish to learn more about cognitive science as an interdisciplinary field and possibly pursue an academic or industry career in research. The interactive program is comprised of research talks and professional training and development workshops. 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. 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 Humanities and Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute

The Summer Institute (HumCog) is a week-long summer day camp for high school students to explore the correlations between brain sciences and the humanities. Students spend each day on OSU’s main campus, learning how new research in cognitive sciences can help us understand how we create and consume culture, and about how new research in the humanities can help us better understand thought, feeling, and action in our scientific world. Our program partners with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and together, we place a great emphasis on ensuring a socioeconomically and culturally diverse class.



CCBS organizes CogFest, a two-day event which includes colloquia, undergraduate poster sessions, and a film screening and panelist discussion in collaboration with the Wexner Center for the Arts. These events provide a forum to discuss ongoing research with the cognitive science community at Ohio State and interact with faculty and students from across the University who are exploring questions related to human cognition, including learning, memory, perception, language, and decision making, from behavioral, applied, computational modeling, and cognitive neuroscience perspectives.


CCBS Member Fall Retreat

The Fall Retreat is an off-campus interactive weekend event open to all CCBS members. Each year, members gather at a scenic Ohio lodge and conference center for faculty talks, student poster sessions, and town hall sessions. The Fall Retreat is an excellent way for CCBS Members to engage with peers outside of their department while also spurring new collaboration and idea sharing. 


Colloquium Series

The Colloquium Speakers Series events of the Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences invites speakers to share significant research developments in order to advance the study of the mind, brain, and formal models of cognitive processes.


Program Archives

Find CCBS past programming in our Program Archives.

Check back regularly to read about updates and to learn more about our programming.