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Applicants Sought for NSF NRT Graduate Training Program in Sensory Science
Center for Cognitive Sciences / Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science


Interested PhD students entering their 1st to 4th years are encouraged to apply to participate in activities sponsored by the CCS/CATSS training grant, "NRT-UtB: Graduate training program in sensory science: Optimizing the information available for mind and brain."

This is a new interdisciplinary graduate training program that seeks to provide a cohort of students with a comprehensive set of research, educational, and professional development opportunities uniting a fundamental understanding of basic sensory science (vision, audition, motor control, speech and language) with deep technical expertise in engineering, computer science, and other related fields, in order to advance the development of effective assistive technologies for people with sensory deficits.

Cohort activities will include:
   - weekly interdisciplinary educational opportunities (colloquium, proseminar, or journal group)
   - major program events, including: fall half-day retreat, winter technical workshop, and spring research training activities
   - opportunities to apply for travel funding
   - opportunities for industry research internships

Members of the training cohort will be expected to:
   - pursue interdisciplinary research related to sensory science, cognitive science, neuroscience, computer science, biomedical engineering, or related areas, that is applicable to the development of assistive technologies;
   - identify co-mentors from different disciplines who can help guide the research, and meaningfully interact with each co-mentor;
   - complete one or more courses in the graduate minor area of translational sensory science;
   - participate in at least one relevant regularly-scheduled intellectual development activity, such as: a proseminar, colloquium series, journal group, or other similar meetings;
   - attend at least 1-2 of the major training program events per year.

Applicants should have:
   - a strong academic record;
   - evidence of interest in interdisciplinary training related to sensory science, cognitive science, neuroscience, computer science, biomedical engineering, or related areas;
   - a strong interest in the project's interdisciplinary research goals, including a focus on applications of basic science to the development of assistive technologies.

Interested students are invited to submit a cover letter (not to exceed two pages, 11-point font) describing their interest and explaining their qualifications. A CV should also be submitted that includes graduate G.P.A. and courses taken with their corresponding grades.

Letters of interest should be sent by email to

*Applications are no longer being accepted for Fall 2017 Funded Traineeships.


CATSS Student Travel Award Announcement

General information:
The Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science (CATSS) promotes innovative interdisciplinary research in the sensory sciences. The CATSS student travel award program provides seed money for students to travel to conferences to present results on projects involving sensory sciences.

Award description:
This award is intended for undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows at the University of Minnesota or Mayo Clinic. Preference is given to members of CATSS faculty research groups who need travel funds.

Award amount:
Awards up to $500 will be considered. Proposals will be reviewed on an ongoing basis by the scientific leadership of CATSS.

Undergraduate students, graduate students or postdoctoral fellows at the University of Minnesota or Mayo Clinic Rochester, involved in research in the sensory sciences.

Nomination packets should consist of a single PDF document containing:
   - Letter of interest describing the need and supplementary funding available
   - Investigator CV/resume
   - Paragraph description of the proposed research presentation or copy of conference abstract.

Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of their:
   - Documented need
   - Interdisciplinary nature involving the sensory sciences
   - Innovation
   - Strength of the proposed research
   - Qualifications of the investigator
   - Membership and involvement in CATSS

Applications must be submitted electronically. Documents should be emailed to with "CATSS Travel Award" in the subject line.

Contact: If you have questions, please contact


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