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CCBS Undergraduate Summer Institute

Welcome to CUSI!

Meeting Mondays in June and July

The CCBS Undergraduate Summer Institute (CUSI) is an 8-session professional development program designed for undergraduates who will be working at least 10 hours per week as research assistants in OSU labs during the summer. Students should be working on research projects related to the cognitive or brain sciences. 

The CUSI program offers summer scholarships! See the application for more information. 

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. 

Statistical Regularities Presentation

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


Students must be matriculated undergraduate students at the Ohio State University, working at least 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 sessions of the CUSI program. Students should be working on research projects related to the cognitive or brain sciences. 

Program Details

Dates: Mondays in June and July (June 3, 10, 17, 24 & July 1, 8, 15, 22) 

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

Location: Psychology Building, Room 35 

Meals: A catered lunch will be provided during each session (12-1 pm). We can accommodate most dietary preferences.

*This is a 100% live program. Students should attend in person.

*Dates and locations are subject to change. We will not alter the format unless necessary.

General Application Dates: March 11 - May 19, 2024

Applications should consist of the following elements. Signatures can be collected in any format including DocuSign, digitally signed PDF, or wet signature. Email all materials to ccbs@osu.edu by the deadline. 

  • Application: 

  • University Transcript: Unofficial transcripts or advisor reports are sufficient.
  • Resume or CV
  • Personal Statement: In 500 words or less, please describe your interest in cognitive science research and why you want to attend the CUSI program.


Scholarship Application Dates: March 11 - April 28, 2024

To apply for a CUSI scholarship, complete the general application and the scholarship application. Submit all materials before the April 28th deadline. 


The Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences at ccbs@osu.edu.

“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