CCBS Undergraduate Summer Institute



Explore the interdisciplinary cognitive sciences at the

Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences

Undergraduate Summer Institute (CUSI)


Application Window: Please check back soon for the 2021 Institute Window! 


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 2019 Institute convened: 
Monday, June 3rd - Monday, July 22nd 

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 2019 CUSI flyer can be found 

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

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

Notification of decisions will be made by May 2021.

Schedule and location:

All events will take place in The Ohio State University Psychology Building, 1835 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio, 43210

For more information, please contact We look forward to receiving your application!

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