Fall 2020

ARL Distinguished Postdoc Fellowship Program Research Funding

The Army Research Laboratory (ARL) invites exceptional young researchers to apply for an ARL Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship (www.nas.edu/arl). This fellowship provides recipients the opportunity to pursue independent research while working alongside some of the nation’s best scientists and engineers. Applicants must display extraordinary ability in scientific research and show clear promise of becoming outstanding leaders. Successful candidates will have already tackled a major scientific or engineering problem or will have provided a new approach or insight, evidenced by a recognized impact in their field.

Eligibility criteria


  • By October 1, 2020, applicants must have completed all the requirements for a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree in the physical sciences, life sciences, computational sciences, behavioral sciences, or engineering. Applicants who intend to defend their dissertation after October 1, 2020, are not eligible.
  • As of the application deadline (May 29, 2020), applicants may not be more than five years beyond the award date of their Ph.D. or Sc.D.
  • There are no citizenship requirements; however, selected fellows must pass a Department of Defense clearance process, requiring a background security investigation. Foreign nationals must get further DoD approval, requiring a background investigation. 
  • Applicants must demonstrate exceptional qualifications with respect to academic and scholarly achievement, as evidenced by research and publication.
  • Candidates are expected to have conducted research on a major scientific or engineering problem during their thesis work or have provided a new approach or insight, evidenced by a recognized impact in their field.



Fellowship terms and benefits

  • Full-time commitment to a one-year in-residence appointment at ARL, renewable for up to three years based on performance
  • Annual stipend of $100,000
  • Health insurance (including dental and vision)
  • Paid relocation and professional travel allowance

Sincerely yours,


H. Ray Gamble

Director, Fellowships Office

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
500 5th Street NW, Keck 531
Washington, DC 20001

UConn’s Graduate Certificate in College Instruction

The Graduate Certificate in College Instruction (GCCI) is a 9-credit program for individuals interested in deepening their theoretical and practical understanding of college teaching. This certificate program is intended to provide graduate students with a significant credential on their transcripts in the area of instructional understanding and competence. Applications are accepted twice a year: on November 15th for spring entrance and April 1 for fall entrance.

The course sequence is as follows:

  • GRAD 6001: Introduction to College Instruction (2 credits)  Required
  • GRAD 6000: Seminars in College Instruction (1 credit) Required (can be taken simultaneously with GRAD 6001)
  • GRAD 6004:  Practicum in College Instruction (1 credit) Required only for those without teaching experience (being a TA counts as experience)
  • The remaining six credits are electives of the students choosing. See the GCCI courses page for more information.

When you have begun the final course for completing the Graduate Certificate in College Instruction, you are required to complete a Plan of Study.pdf, have it signed by the Program Director, Dr. Robin Grenier, and send it to the Graduate School. The student must apply for graduation from the program through their PeopleSoft accounts before the conferral date.

Our certificate programs aims to deepen students’ theoretical and practical knowledge of college instruction. It is especially relevant for those planning on pursuing academic positions after graduation. We have an upcoming application deadline of April 1, 2019Students can see how to apply here.

Fall 2020 Course Offering in SLHS on bilingualism

SEMINAR: Bilingualism in Typical and Atypical populations: Language & Cognition SLHS 5123 / 4123

This class is open to seniors and graduate students

SENIOR STUDENTS: these 3 graduate-level credits can be applied toward both your UCONN undergraduate and UCONN graduate degree or other graduate programs* (register to 5123).

You can also take the class as a regular undergraduate class (register to 4123).

*MGH Institute accepts SLHS-5123 credits in their M.S. in SLP program


FALL 2020

Thursdays 1-4

(10 seats available)


Instructor: Adrian Garcia-Sierra, Ph.D.

Office: PCSB 206

Email: adrian.garcia-sierra@uconn.edu




Course Description:  In this seminar, we will study the broad concept of bilingualism in 5 sections. The course will start by exploring the biological (sensitive periods) and cognitive factors associated with language acquisition. We will explore how basic perceptual abilities differ between bilingual and monolingual infants and the brain changes associated with learning more than one language. We’ll explore the formation of memory traces for the second language and for how long they last if the second language is no longer used. In line with development, we will consider research on the development of receptive and expressive vocabulary in bilingual and monolingual children. In the second section we’ll learn the concept of executive control and the role of the basal ganglia over speech production and the role of it in selecting a language in bilinguals. We’ll explore how executive control affects structure and function in the brain and how these changes yield to an enhanced cognitive state referred as cognitive reserve. For this purpose, we will explore the role of the cognitive reserve in bilinguals diagnosed with Alzheimer disease and dementia as well as bilingual patients with aphasia and brain injury. In the third section of the course, we’ll discuss research concerned with language disorders in bilinguals; specifically, Speech Language Impairment (SLI) with emphasis in diagnosis. In the fourth section we will explore the concept of language mode (language being used at a given moment) and its role in speech perception, speech production, and lexical representations (e.g., interlingual homographs). The fifth section will be devoted to reading. In this section we’ll review literature concerning the lexical and non-lexical route of reading and the brain structures associated with these paths. We will discuss differences in brain activation when bilinguals reading opaque vs. transparent languages.



Adrian Garcia-Sierra Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Speech, Language & Hearing Science

CT Institute for Brain and Cognitive Science

University of Connecticut, Storrs

2 Alethia Dr, Unit 1085

Storrs, CT 06269-1085

Phone: 860-486-6382



Graduate Course Offerings for Upcoming Semesters

Fall 2020

Fall 2020 Grad Course Calendar (as of 4/7/20)- Fall 2020 Grad Course Calendar-updated 4.7.20


Spring 2020 

Spring 2020 Grad Course Calendar (as of 1/31/20)Spring 2020 Grad Course Calendar


Fall 2019

Fall 2019 Grad Course Calendar- Fall19 Grad Course Calendar-final


Misc. Course Descriptions

Spring 2020

Applications of Nonlinear Time Series Analyses

PSYC 5570-001 outline

Tools to Analyze Language with Nairán Ramírez-Esparza

Tools to Analyze Language

Programming with Data in R with Adam Sheya

Programming with Data in R Outline

Occupational Health and Safety with Rob Henning

Occupational Health and Safety Description

Synaptic Transmission and Plasticity with Maxim Volgushev



Fall 2019

Cross-cultural Psychology with Nairán Ramírez-Esparza


Tools to Analyze Language with Nairán Ramírez-Esparza


Performance Appraisal Seminar with Janet Barnes-Farrell


Neural Basis of Learning and Memory with Etan Markus

Neural Basis of LearningMemory_outline

Human Factors with Rob Henning

Human Factors Description

Current Topics in Psychology (SLAC Professional Development) with Jim Magnuson & Marie Coppola

Current Topics in Psychology (SLAC Professional Development) Description

Clinical Connections Seminar with Inge-Marie Eigsti & Emily Myers

Clinical Connections Seminar Description

Research Seminar in Language and Cognition with Rachel Theodore

Mondays 12:20-1:10 BOUS A 106 (‘Talk Shop’). For more information, please contact instructor.

Current Topics in Cognitive Science (SLAC Seminar – Foundations of Learning and Language) with Jim Magnuson

Fridays 9 AM-12:05 PM. For more information, please contact instructor.