Announcing HCP Course 2019, July 8-12 in Portland, OR!

We are pleased to announce the 2019 HCP Course: “Exploring the Human Connectome”, to be held July 8 – 12, 2019 at the University Place Hotel and Conference Center at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, USA. 
This 5-day intensive course will provide training in acquisition, processing, analysis and visualization of whole brain imaging and behavioral data using methods and tools developed by the WU-Minn-Oxford Human Connectome Project (HCP) consortium.

The course is designed for those interested in:

  • using HCP-style data currently available from the young adult HCP and HCP Lifespan (Development and Aging) projects
  • acquiring and analyzing HCP-style imaging and behavioral data at your own institution
  • processing your own non-HCP data (including legacy data) using HCP pipelines and methods
  • using Connectome Workbench tools and sharing data using the BALSA imaging database
  • learning HCP multi-modal neuroimaging analysis methods, including those that combine MEG and MRI data
  • positioning yourself to capitalize on HCP-style data forthcoming from large-scale projects currently collecting data (e.g., Lifespan HCP development and aging longitudinal
  • data and Connectomes Related to Human Disease projects)
  • learning how to obtain data from the NIMH Data Archive (NDA) and setup processing in an Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment

Participants will learn how to acquire, analyze, visualize, and interpret data from four major MR modalities (structural MR, resting-state fMRI, diffusion imaging, task-evoked fMRI) plus magnetoencephalography (MEG) and extensive behavioral data.  Lectures and labs will provide grounding in neurobiological as well as methodological issues involved in interpreting multimodal data, and will span the range from single-voxel/vertex to brain network analysis approaches.  

The course is open to students, postdocs, faculty, non-profit and industry participants.  The course is aimed at both new and current users of HCP data, methods, and tools, and will cover both basic and advanced topics. Prior experience in human neuroimaging or in computational analysis of brain networks is desirable, preferably including some familiarity with 
FSL and Freesurfer software.

For more info and to register visit the 
HCP Course 2019 website. If you have any questions, please contact us at:
We look forward to seeing you in Portland!

Graduate Seminar in Academic Writing

Hello from the Writing Center,

Each academic year, the UConn Writing Center offers 3 no-cost, five-week seminars in academic writing for UConn graduate students. We aim to assist motivated graduate students in developing strategies for writing that will serve them well in their academic and professional careers. The goal is to help graduate writers develop a toolbox of composing, revising, and peer-review skills. 

Participants must bring to the seminar a draft of a writing project (at least 5 double-spaced pages). Most seminar sessions involve working on this draft, and most of our time is dedicated to developing skills for revising and on cultivating productive writing habits.

Our seminar has two dates this semester, and we are still looking for graduate student writers to participate in it. These are the dates:

Spring 2019 1st Seminar: 02/14 to 03/14 (5 weeks) – Thursdays, 2pm to 3.45pm.

Spring 2019 2nd Seminar: 04/02 to 04/30 (5 weeks) – Tuesdays, 2pm to 3.45pm.

For more information, and to sign-up, visit the Writing Center website:

BIRC Speaker Series: James Haxby, Dartmouth College

We are delighted to announce the next Distinguished Speaker in the BIRC Speaker Series on Wednesday, February 20th from 3:30pm-5:00pm in Bousfield A106. Professor James Haxby will be visiting us from Dartmouth College, where he is currently Director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience to give his talk Hyperalignment: Modeling the shared deep structure of information encoded in fine scale cortical topographies. Please see the attached flyer for more information about this exciting talk.

Graduate Student Office Locations

Office assignments for graduate students TAing 1100, 1103, and 2100WQ can be found hanging on the bulletin board outside of Bousfield’s front office, as well as below. In addition, if a graduate student needs a key/has a key to return, please contact the front office.



2019 Kavli Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience

Application Deadline Approaching – 2019 Kavli Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience

The topics for the 2019 Kavli Summer Institute will be:

Week 1: Intersections Between Neural Representations and Network Models

Directors: Danielle Bassett (University of Pennsylvania) and Jörn Diedrichsen (University of Western Ontario)

Week 2: Computational Social Neuroscience: Advances, Challenges, and New Directions

Directors: Leah Somerville (Harvard University) and Luke Chang (Dartmouth College)

To apply:

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 31st, 2019, 5:00 pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)

The Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience is supported by NIMH, NIDA and the Kavli Foundation in collaboration with the Center for Mind and Brain at UC Davis, and the Sage Center for the Study of the Mind at UC Santa Barbara

Spring Data Science Fellowship Opportunity – R1

Program: The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.

Who Should Apply: Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.

Locations: In addition to the below in-person locations, we will have a remote online session:

  • New York City
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Boston
  • Washington, DC.

Dates: All sections will be from 2019-04-01 to 2019-05-24.

Application Link:

Early Deadline: 2019-01-14.
Regular Deadline: 2019-01-21.
We are assessing and interviewing candidates who apply for the Early Deadline first and then based on remaining availability, will take candidates who applied for the Regular Deadline on a first-come first-serve basis.

Data Science in 30 minutes: Learn how to build a data-science project in our upcoming free Data Science in 30-minutes webcast. Signup soon as space is limited.

Learn More: You can learn about our fellows at The New York Times, LinkedIn, Amazon, Capital One, or Palantir. To read about our latest fellow alumni, check out our blog. To learn more about The Data Incubator, check us out on Venture Beat, The Next Web, or Harvard Business Review.

Dissertation Boot Camp – January 14th-17th

Dissertation Boot Camp

Monday, January 14th, to Thursday, January 17th, 9am – 4pm 

Storrs Campus, Pharmacy Library


NEW SIGN-UP OPTIONS! You can now sign up for 2-, 3-, or 4-day boot camps! 

Maintaining momentum on your dissertation can be tough, but making a commitment to structured writing time can help. Writing in the presence of others can also bring a sense of solidarity and productivity that can get you through even the toughest projects. 

Participants will arrive with their writing projects on and their laptops, along with any notes or books. There will not be any tutoring or any lectures. The point is simply to make a commitment to sustained writing time and to generating pages.

Space is limited and preference will be given to 4-day participants. To reserve your spot and to create an incentive for you to write, you must register through Eventbrite and submit a promissory note for $50. An electronic version of the promissory note is now available on the Writing Center website and should be signed and email to Hard copies are also available at the Writing Center. If you do not attend the days you have committed to, the Bursar’s Office will charge you and we will use the funds for future retreats. Scheduled academic commitments do not count as absences.

Contact Gali at with any questions.