CCBS Undergraduate Summer Institute


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The CCBS Undergraduate Summer Institute (CUSI) is an eight-session professional development program designed for undergraduate students who will 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.

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 your in-lab research training with career development, while connecting you to a community of like-minded, hard working and talented individuals. Lunch will be provided during each session. Admitted applicants are expected to make every effort to attend all 8 CUSI sessions. 


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Students must be matriculated undergraduate students at The Ohio State University, working a minimum of 10 hours per week as an Undergraduate Research Assistant within an OSU Lab for the duration of the program. Students must have support from their faculty research advisors and are expected to attend all 8 session of the CUSI program.  


Program Details:

Dates: TBD

Times: 10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. ET

Location: Psychology Building, Room 35 (This is a live program. Students should attend in-person.)

Meals: Lunch will be provided during each session.


Applications should contain:

  • Application*
  • Faculty Supervisor Agreement Form*
  • Scholarship Application (please complete regardless of need)*
  • University transcript
  • Current resume or CV
  • Statement of interest (500 words or less)
  • Optional, Diversity Statement (500 words or less)

*download forms here:


The Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences at


What Will You Learn About?

Career Development
Interview Etiquette
Careers Outside Academia
Attending Conferences
Applying to Grad School
Keys to Writing Research Proposals
Promoting Diversity and Inclusion

Research Talk Topics

Perception & Language
Cognitive Development
Decision Making & Memory
Neural Networks
Cognitive Neuroscience
Artificial Intelligence
Pull Quote
“I learned that there are an immense amount of research disciplines within the cognitive science field that can be attained at both a graduate and professional level.” -CUSI Participant