The Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences hosts many events each year.
Check back regularly to read about updates and to learn more about our programming.

CCBS Undergraduate Summer Institute (CUSI)

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.

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 Humanities and Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute

The Summer Institute 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 we place a great emphasis on ensuring a socioeconomically and culturally diverse class.

Colloquium Speakers 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.

Consilience: The CCBS Student Organization

Consilience: The CCBS Student Organization creates a forum for interdisciplinary dialogue amongst undergraduate, graduate, and post doc students interested in cognition and other subjects relevant to the member departments of the CCBS.

Faculty advisor: Richard Samuels (

STEM Breakfast of Science Champions

The CCBS participates in and supports STEM Breakfast of Science Champions, an event co-sponsored by the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging and the Department of Psychology. STEM BOSC offers middle school students the opportunity to explore science, math, and engineering at OSU. Our programming introduces students to the anatomy and functions of the human brain through hands-on activities and lab tours.

Science Sundays

The CCBS co-sponsors the College of Arts and Sciences public lecture series, Science Sundays. Throughout the year, speakers from on campus and around the world deliver a wide range of current and emerging topics and issues in science that touch our everyday lives. 

The 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.

Program Archives

Find CCBS past programming in our Program Archives.