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CS Research Fund

Description: The CS Research Fund supports independent student research projects in the cognitive sciences: psychology, neuroscience, computer science, philosophy, linguistics, evolutionary biology, animal behavior, education, anthropology, and other fields.

Award: Typical award amounts are around $500.

Purpose: Funds can be used for housing, equipment, travel to research or internship sites, supplies, or other direct research expenses. In some cases student travel to professional conferences can be supported if the student is presenting research findings.

Deadline: Applications are accepted any time during the year, including in the summer.

Application Requirements

You must meet these requirements before applying:

  • CS funding is available for Div II and Div III students. In some cases, Div I students interested in summer research can apply.
  • You must be a current student at the time of the research project/internship. Graduating students are not eligible.
  • Applications will be evaluated on the intellectual merit of the proposed work and the necessity of the budget items, as justified in your proposal.
  • Applicants must have the support of a faculty supervisor or mentor.
  • Grant recipients are expected to submit a mid-project report and a final report prior to the grant ending.
  • If you plan to be on leave, it must be a field study leave and not a leave of absence.
  • Projects must not yet be completed upon request for funding. Conference-related expenses will not be paid retroactively.
  • You must be in good academic and good disciplinary standing.
  • The application process is competitive and all applications may not receive funding as funds are limited.

If you are an international student, make sure to visit the office of multicultural and international student services to confirm that your research project is compatible with your visa status.

If you plan to pursue your research abroad, the global education office provides information on visas, immunizations, etc. and offers resources for field study in the U.S. or abroad.

Application Submission

Please compile all documents listed in the application as one Word or PDF file, and email your complete application to Kelsey Finnell, CS grants coordinator at

  • Funding is competitive.
  • Funding will be paid as reimbursement to student for project expenses.
  • Proposals are evaluated by the dean of the School of Cognitive Science in consultation with other CS faculty members as necessary.
  • Applications are accepted in early fall term and late spring term each year.

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Project Requirements

Written Reports

Recipients of the CS research grant are required to write a progress report and a final report. Papers, published abstracts, conference posters, or notices of the work should be attached to the report. You will also occasionally be asked to give presentations of your work. We encourage you to take photos during your project to promote the CS research grant on the cognitive science website, brochures, flyers, etc.

Expense Reimbursements

Grant recipients will receive funding as reimbursements for the expenses listed in their budgets. Reimbursements will be provided upon submission of scanned  receipts, as the student is expected to keep the original receipts for tax purposes.

Read Project Requirements


For any questions regarding the CS Research Fund, please contact Jane Couperus, dean of the School of Cognitive Science, at

Previous Recipients

Samuel Putnam
Social and Hypothetical Distance's Impact on Construal Level and Metaphorical Effects

Jolie Anderson
The Underlying Language Capabilities of Children with CHARGE Syndrome: An Examination of Electrophysiological Responses

Russell Cavallaro
Modeling Morphological Processing in Mandarin Chinese

Emma Opitz
The Relationship between Speech and Music: Tonality and Emotion

Louisa Smith
Exploring the Effects of Stereotype Threat on Women's Math Performance Through Salivary Cortisol Levels

Greg Larson
Status of Permeability Effects on Relative Ingroup Prototypicality

Anna Yoors
Designing and Implementing a 7th Grade Curriculum Aboard a Tall Ship

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