Fall 2018

ETS accepting applications for Internship and Fellowship Programs

ETS’s Research & Development (R&D) division is now accepting applications for the 2019 ETS Internship and Fellowship Programs.

We are seeking graduate students enrolled in a doctoral program and early career scientists who are interested in research opportunities in the field of educational research, assessment or related fields. Areas of emphasis include the following:

  • career and technical education
  • cognitive psychology
  • cognitive science
  • learning sciences
  • linguistics, second language learning and teaching English as a foreign language
  • natural language processing and computational linguistics
  • noncognitive measures
  • process data modeling and analysis
  • psychometrics
  • speech recognition and processing
  • statistics
  • teaching and classroom research
  • validity and fairness

Summer Internship Program in Research for Graduate Students

Application Deadline: February 1, 2019

This program focuses on major research activities that will occur in 2019. Selected interns conduct research under the guidance of mentors at ETS offices in Princeton, N.J. Graduate students who are currently enrolled in full-time doctoral programs in the areas listed above and who have completed a minimum of two years of coursework toward their Ph.D. or Ed.D. prior to the program start date are eligible to apply.

Harold Gulliksen Psychometric Research Fellowship Program

Application Deadlines: December 28, 2018 (preliminary) and February 15, 2019 (final)

This program seeks graduate students who have completed their doctoral coursework and are at the dissertation stage of their program, working on a dissertation related to statistics, psychometrics, educational/psychological measurement or quantitative methods. Selected fellows study at their universities and carry out research under the supervision of an academic mentor and in consultation with an ETS researcher or psychometrician.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Application Deadlines: February 1, 2019 (preliminary) and March 15, 2019 (final)

This program provides opportunities for early career scholars to work with ETS researchers on a variety of cutting-edge topics, including foundational research as well as research embedded in real-world testing programs. Selected fellows work on research projects and conduct independent research that is relevant to ETS’s goals under the mentorship of research scientists or psychometricians in Princeton, N.J. Candidates must have received their doctorate within the past three years. This year, we are seeking applications in the following areas of expertise: measurement, psychometrics and statistics; process data modeling and analysis; and artificial intelligence.

Please take a moment to consider which qualified individuals would benefit from these opportunities and encourage them to apply. Share this information with your colleagues; complete program details and application instructions are available. Visit our website to get started.

If you have any questions about the programs, please send an email to internfellowships@ets.org. For information, newsletters, research reports and more, join our mailing list.

Thank you in advance for your assistance and support of these programs.



Psychology Department Statistics Consulting

Having trouble with R or Matlab? Need some help with a statistical analysis? Good news! Stats consulting is available. I am Adrian, the psychology department’s stats consultant. For the rest of the semester I will be extending my consulting hours to Tuesdays 10am-1pm and Fridays 10am-1pm in BOUS 190C (Computer Room). I am also available by appointment and through email at p.adrian.frazier@gmail.com. Please feel free to email any time.

I am most experienced with R and (to a lesser extent) Matlab, and I can help with data manipulation, graphs, linear analyses (ANOVA and regression), time series analysis, and mixed models (HLM). I can help with programming issues in both R and Matlab. I also have experience with PsychoPy (for making experiments), and (to a lesser extent) Medialab and Eprime. And if you’re thinking about dabbling in Bayesian analysis, I have a small amount of experience with that (including the OpenBUGS software).

Adrian Frazier


Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Application Open

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Application Open

The Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Application is open between November 1 through November 30.  Funds are NOT guaranteed to any student who applies for the fellowship.  The fellowship is awarded in the amount of $ 2,000 to each eligible applicant.

To be eligible for the fellowship, an applicant must:

  1. Certify that he/she has never before been awarded the University of Connecticut Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.
  2. Certify that he/she will be enrolled for the spring 2019 semester at The Graduate School.
  3. Certify that his/her total personal income will not exceed $40, 000 during the twelve-month period of July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.
  4. Document satisfactory completion and approval of the General Examination prior to 4:00 pm on November 30, 2018.
  5. Document satisfactory completion and submission of the Dissertation Proposal, including full and current IRB or IACUC approval, prior to 4:00 pm on November 30, 2018.

To apply please go to the following web address:  https://grad.uconn.edu/gradfellows/semi-annual-doctoral-dissertation-fellowship-program   Notifications will be e-mailed to each applicant in December 2018.

This fellowship can only be awarded to an individual once.  Doctoral Students based at UConn Health and UConn Law School are not eligible to apply.

For more information, contact: Barbara Parziale at barbara.parziale@uconn.edu

Alexion Pharmaceuticals UConn Grad Dissertation Improvement Award

Alexion Pharmaceuticals/ UConn Graduate Student Dissertation Improvement Award
DEADLINE: MONDAY 5th November 2018Through a partnership with Alexion Pharmaceuticals, the Alexion/UConn Graduate Student Dissertation Improvement Award (GSDIA) is a program that supports graduate students at UConn/UConn Health whose research in basic biological processes or health applications contributes to discovery, innovation, or the development of products for diagnosis or treatment of rare diseases.

Alexion is a global leader in the development and delivery of breakthrough therapies for patients with severe and life-threatening rare diseases.

The GSDIA can be used for the investigation (including, but not limited to, equipment, consumables, services, conference attendance) of basic biological processes whose understanding could lead to the development of rare disease diagnostic or therapeutic products or for the development of prototypes, pre-clinical data, human clinical data, drug delivery platform/systems, large animal studies, or other advanced research in health applications for rare diseases. Two awards of $5000 each are available.

The Alexion Dissertation Improvement Award is open to all doctoral students who achieved candidacy during this or previous academic years and are expected to complete, defend their dissertation, and graduate on or before August 2020.


• Must be a fulltime graduate student at UConn or UConn Health
• Must be pursuing a graduate degree in a life sciences or biomedical related field
• Must be in good standing with the university with regards to all educational expectations of their respective department and/ or school
• Must be pursuing a graduate research project related to an area of research having to do with understanding the basic biology of, the diagnosis of, or the treatment of a rare human disease
• Must be nominated by a faculty member associated with their research project or thesis advisory team Must not be a graduate student associated with any ongoing clinical trial of an Alexion related therapy
• Must not be a graduate student currently doing an internship or employed by Alexion part time or full time
• Must not be a graduate student already receiving corporate support, involved with a clinical trial for, or doing an internship with, or employed by a direct competitor of Alexion.

Nominate a student at the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScWTK1vdNnS66iyvK8ybNZdthjbeYeIEFBMtU-K8ZOj1ZKXnw/viewform

“Current Issues in the Conduct of Survey Research” Lunch Talk

On Wednesday, November 7, Dr. Tom W. Smith (NORC, University of Chicago, Director of GSS [General Social Survey]) will present “Current Issues in the Conduct of Survey Research.” The event takes place at 11:45 in Oak Hall 236. Lunch will be provided. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to pamela.weathers@uconn.edu. This program is co-sponsored by the Departments of Political Science and Sociology.

Flyer: November 7 Tom Smith lunch talk

InCHIP and CMHS Events for World Mental Health Day

Join InCHIP and CMHS For Two Events In Recognition of World Mental Health Day

Thursday October 11, 2018


Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Ph.D.

Brigham Young University, Utah


InCHIP Lecture

“Social Disconnection as a Public Health Concern”


Doris and Simon Konover Auditorium, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

Details and RSVP 


Panel Discussion

“Lonely Campus: Social Connection in the Age of Digital Despair”


Student Union Theater

Also Featuring Regina Barreca Ph.D., Betsy Cracco Ph.D., and UConn students Alondra Marmolejos & Derek Pan

Inquiries: erin.cox@uconn.edu

Students encouraged to attend!

Call for Nominations – UConn KIDS (Kids in Developmental Science)

Call for Nominations

UConn KIDS (Kids in Developmental Science) is accepting nominations for a PhD graduate student representative to serve on the KIDS Steering Committee.  We are seeking nominations for the selection of 1-2 candidates and welcome nominations from the departments of Psychological Sciences, SLHS, Cognitive Science, Linguistics, Human Development and Family Studies, the Neag School of Education, and the School of Nursing. The selected graduate student(s) will serve as a voice and liaison for fellow graduate students across the UConn KIDS consortium, representing their needs and wishes at UConn KIDS Steering Committee meetings.  This is a unique position that will offer both a chance to gain professional experience as a member of a steering committee, and an opportunity to contribute to the growth and direction of the UConn KIDS program. Graduate student representatives will be appointed for a period of one year starting in December 2018; the departmental representation across the consortium will be rotated in subsequent years.

Please share your nomination with a curriculum vitae and a letter of intent to Dr. Letitia Naigles at letitia.naigles@uconn.edu by Wednesday October 17th, 2018. Self-nominations from graduate students are welcomed in additional to nominations from faculty members.

Upon review by the Steering Committee on Wednesday November 7, nominees will be notified of their status.


Cognitive Science Colloquium

Announcing the first Cognitive Science colloquium of the semester:

Who: Dr. Cristine H. Legare
Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin
Title: The Evolution and Ontogeny of Ritual

When:  Friday, October 19, 4pm

Where:  Oak 109

Abstract:  Convergent developments across social scientific disciplines provide evidence that ritual is a psychologically prepared, culturally  inherited, behavioral trademark of our species. I will draw upon the anthropological and evolutionary science literatures to
provide a psychological account of the social functions of ritual in group behavior. Solving the adaptive problems associated with group living requires psychological mechanisms for identifying group members, ensuring their commitment to the group, facilitating cooperation with their coalition, and maintaining group cohesion. I will review evidence that the threat of social exclusion and loss of status motivates
engagement in ritual throughout development and provide an account of the ontogeny of ritual cognition. The intersection of these lines of inquiry promises to provide new avenues for theory and research on the evolution and ontogeny of social group cognition.

If you are interested in meeting with Dr. Legare on 10/19 or 10/20, please contact Dr. Xygalatas:  dimitris.xygalatas@uconn.edu

If you are interested in joining the Friday dinner with Dr. Legare, please contact Dr. Naigles: letitia.naigles@uconn.edu

Neuroscience at Storrs 2018, October 29: Keynote, Kay Tye, MIT

You are invited to participate in the 22nd annual Neuroscience at Storrs conference.

Please register on EventBrite and submit poster titles on google docs. We look forward to your participation!
Register at Conference Websitehttps://neuroscienceatstorrs.eventbrite.com
Date: Monday, October 29th from 2:30-7:00 pm
Location:  University of Connecticut, Storrs Campus.
Submit Poster Titles Now: 
Buildings, Times, Events:
Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center Building  
2:30-3:30pm:   Data Blitz (Graduate Students)
4:00-5:30pm:  Keynote Lecture, Kay Tye, Associate Professor, Brain & Cognitive Sciences, MIT

Neural Circuit Mechanisms of Valence Processing”
Atrium, Bousfield Building  
5:30-7:00pm: Reception and Poster session
DATA BLITZ NOMINATIONS!!! Faculty please send Deb Kendall an email to nominate excellent graduate students to compete in the Data Blitz, a 10min talk.  Provide graduate the students name, email and dept affiliation as well as a title of the talk.
For general inquiries about the events, please contact the programming committee head this year:
Deb Kendall (debra.kendall@uconn.edu)