Fall 2019

Special Events – Science and Imagination, November 5th

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, the Science of Learning & Art of Communication program (SLAC) and the UConn Humanities Institute (UCHI) invite you to three special events. Please register for any you are interested in so that we can provide appropriate refreshments.


·  3-6pm, UConn Humanities Institute Conference Room, 4th Floor, Babbidge Library

·  Featuring Michael Lynch, Tim Miller, and Susan Schneider from UConn, and Julie Sedivy (U. Calgary) and Mike Tanenhaus (U. Rochester)

·  Flyer attached; see details and register here

·  Dinner with the speakers will follow for a limited number of guests; if you would like to join for dinner, please register here, and we will send you details


·  10-11:30am, UConn Humanities Institute Conference Room, 4th Floor, Babbidge Library

·  Light breakfast from 9:30

·  Led by Julie Sedivy (U. Calgary)

·  This is an interactive session for scientists who are interested in writing for general audiences, whether in the form of blogs, articles, books, or other media. We will discuss some of the practical aspects of learning to write for a nonacademic audience and of accessing channels for disseminating your writing more broadly. We will also address some of the obstacles experienced by scientists who would like to invest time and energy into science communication. We’ll explore the supports that scientists need from inside and outside their institutions and the potential payoffs of such investments for individual scientists and their institutions.

·  Please register for this writing workshop here


·  12-2PM, UConn Humanities Institute Conference Room, 4th Floor, Babbidge Library

·  Led by Mike Tanenhaus (U. Rochester, 2018 winner of the Rumelhart Prize)

·  Participants should read the report ‘Science — the Endless Frontier‘ (which led to the founding of the National Science Foundation), in advance of the meeting. Mike’s talk at the Science and Imagination afternoon event focuses on this report (see his abstract here). Our working lunch will give you an opportunity to do a “deep dive” into this report with Mike. If time permits, we will talk about ways we can impact public support for science locally, nationally, and globally. 

·  Click here to register for this discussion and lunch with Mike Tanenhaus

Call for applications: Duke Summer Seminars in Neuroscience&Philosophy

Applications are now being accepted for the next Summer Seminars in Neuroscience and Philosophy (SSNAP). SSNAP 2020 will occur at Duke University from May 24th to June 7th. These two weeks of intensive training in philosophy and neuroscience aim to foster interdisciplinary collaboration among graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and professors in these fields.

A total of twenty fellowships are available:

  • 10 for applicants primarily from philosophy
  • 10 for applicants primarily from neuroscience

Accepted SSNAP fellows will form interdisciplinary teams to develop a joint research project involving aspects of both neuroscience and philosophy. Teams with promising projects can receive a sub-award of up to $30,000 to fund their projects. If you already have an interdisciplinary team, each member should apply separately to SSNAP. In the application, please let us know that you have already formed a team, and supply the names of your teammates.

Generous funding from the Templeton World Charity Foundation provides each fellow with:

  • Funding for travel expenses
  • Room and board during SSNAP
  • $1,000 honorarium

We encourage neuroscience and philosophy faculty, post-doctoral scholars, and graduate students to apply for this unique opportunity.

The following materials are required to apply to SSNAP 2020:

  1. A cover letter describing your experiences in neuroscience and philosophy research, and why you would be a good addition to SSNAP.
  1. CV
  1. Writing sample (preferably published)
  1. A one page (single spaced, no smaller than 11 pt font) response to the following prompt: If you could team up with a fellow neuroscientist and a fellow philosopher to conduct joint research for a year, what would you study and why?
  1. Two letters of recommendation (for graduate students and post-docs only).

All application materials must be submitted by December 11th. Visit ssnap.net to learn more. 

Graduate Certificate in College Instruction

The Graduate Certificate in College Instruction has an upcoming application deadline of 11/15.  The Graduate Certificate in College Instruction aims to provide students with opportunities to develop knowledge and skills useful in their current and future careers as teaching professionals in a variety of higher education settings. See more information on our website (gcci.uconn.edu).

Applications go through the graduate school. Required application materials:

  • CV/Resume
  • A personal statement addressing your interest in the Certificate in College Instruction and how your current or future goals will be served through completion of the Certificate.
  • One letter of recommendation that addresses why you are a good candidate for the Certificate in College Instruction. Your letter writer should send the letter electronically per the application instructions.
  • Transcripts (current UConn students only need to upload an unofficial transcript to the application portal).

There is a virtual information session for prospective students next Thursday, the 24th from 6:30-7pm. Students can email kristi.kaeppel@uconn.edu to sign up.

Winter 2019 Funding: Laura Bassi Scholarship

The Laura Bassi Scholarship, which awards a total of $8,000 thrice per annum, was established by Editing Press in 2018 with the aim of providing editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed. The scholarships are open to every discipline and the next round of funding will be awarded in December 2019:

Winter 2019

Application deadline: 25 November 2019

Results: 15 December 2019

All currently enrolled master’s and doctoral candidates are eligible to apply, as are academics in the first five years of their employment.

Applicants are required to submit a completed application form along with their CV through the application portal by the relevant deadline. Further details, previous winners, and the application portal can be found at:


Spring Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Applications

Pending budgetary approval, The Graduate School awards a limited number of Spring Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF) awards to students in doctoral programs requiring a dissertation.   The fellowship is awarded in the amount of $ 2,000 to each eligible applicant.  Please note that fellowship funds are not guaranteed to any student who applies for the award.

To be eligible for the fellowship, an applicant must:

1. Be a doctoral student.

2. Be enrolled in the semester in which the fellowship is awarded.

3. Document satisfactory completion and approval of the General Exam prior to midnight on November 30, 2019.

4. Document satisfactory completion and submission of the Dissertation Proposal, including full and current IRB or IACUC approval if required, prior to midnight on November 30, 2019.

5. Never have previously received a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship award.

Applications will be accepted from Friday, November 1, 2019 through Friday, November 30, 2019. Applications received prior to November 1, 2019 or after November 30, 2019 will not be considered. To apply please fill out the online application form between November 1 and November 30 by going to https://grad.uconn.edu then click on Financing. In the drop down click on Fellowships and Awards.  Notifications will be e-mailed to each applicant by the end of December 2019.

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: The Graduate School at gradschool@uconn.edu

Present at the 23rd Annual Neuroscience @ Storrs Symposium

You are cordially invited to the 23rd ANNUAL NEUROSCIENCE AT STORRS SYMPOSIUM on Tues, October 29th, 2019 from 3:30 pm-8:30 pm in Dodd / Bousfield on the Storrs campus.

Please note that this event is OPEN TO ALL INTERESTED UNDERGRADUATES, GRAD STUDENTS, POSTDOCS, STAFF AND FACULTY from across UConn departments and schools.

The following website has all relevant information and will be updated frequently.  At this time, we request the following information (submission on the website):


1) If you plan on attending the symposium, please RSVP as an attendee.  Again, all UConn undergrads, grad students, postdocs, staff and faculty pursuing neuroscience research or interested in neuroscience are welcome and encouraged to attend.

2) If you are a UConn graduate student, postdoctoral fellow or undergraduate engaged in neuroscience research and would like to present a POSTER, please sign up with your poster title and abstract as soon as possible. There are PRIZES for best poster!  Poster format is the same as you might present at ex. Society for Neuroscience. Please note that we have a limited number of spots for posters.

3) If you are a UConn graduate student or postdoctoral fellow engaged in neuroscience research and would like to present at the DATABLITZ, please sign up with your presentation title. The DataBlitz is a 3 minute long presentation of your research endeavoring to be as clear and concise as possible in the communication of your work to a broad audience. Please note that we also have a limited number of spots for the DataBlitz but there are PRIZES for best talk!

Please share this invitation with faculty members, grad students, undergrads, postdoctoral fellows and scholars through your Department/Institute listservs. Faculty, please encourage your trainees to attend and participate in the poster session and DataBlitz. Thank you!

For general inquiries about the event, please contact Dr. Alex Jackson (alexander.jackson@uconn.edu) in the Dept. of Physiology and Neurobiology.

Maric Graduate Fellowship Accepting Applications

Graduate Student Call for Applications: Dr. Radenka Maric Graduate Fellowship

The Graduate School is sponsoring a new set of fellowships this year. Dr. Radenka Maric Fellowships seek to develop a cohort of students who are looking for connections beyond what they can find in their own department. Ten fellowships will be awarded across the university, with one fellow selected from among the Departments and Programs of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In addition to a $3,000 stipend, fellowship recipients will be invited to meet together for social, roundtable, and professional development meetings.

To be eligible for a Maric Fellowship, you must

  1. Be a masters or doctoral student enrolled in The Graduate School
  2. Demonstrate financial need or be meritorious

In selecting a student for a Maric Fellowship, priority will be given to students who:

  1. Have overcome obstacles such as socioeconomic or educational disadvantage; or,
  2. Are members of groups that are underrepresented at the University of Connecticut; or,
  3. Have experience living or working in diverse environments.

This is a non-endowed fellowship. It may be renewed annually pending availability of funds and provided that the Fellow continues to meet the criteria above and that the Fellow has participated in activities that The Graduate School organizes for Fellows.

Graduate Students interested in applying for the fellowship should provide the following information:

  1. A brief summary of financial need and/or accomplishments as a UConn graduate student
  2. A short essay addressing the extent to which you satisfy one or more of the three priority criteria listed above. In the essay, also address how you would benefit from being a part of a supportive cohort.
  3. A letter of support from your graduate advisor or a professor who can speak to your graduate performance at UConn.


Please submit your application to CLAS@uconn.edu no later than 4pm, October 21.