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study of Cognitive Science at the University at Buffalo consists
of a special Cognitive Science Track in the Ph.D. program of each
of the participating departments. Participation in the track
consists of five steps:
as a Graduate Student Member of the Center for Cognitive Science;
- Taking the
prescribed set of Cognitive Science courses;
at colloquia of the Center for Cognitive Science
of a progress report to the Director of the Cognitive Science
Tracks Program at the end of each academic year.
- Having an
interdisciplinary, Cognitive Science dissertation committee.
- Writing a
Cognitive Science-related dissertation.
become a Graduate Student Member of the Center for Cognitive Science
(CCS), a student must be admitted into the graduate program of one
of the participating departments. This will be the student's
home department. In addition, the student must apply for admission
to the Ph.D. Tracks of the CCS.
The following materials should be returned to the Center office:
- The application
- A letter
containing i) a statement of purpose stating your disciplinary
interests in your home department, and your interdisciplinary
interests in Cognitive Science; and ii) a list of courses
to be taken in satisfaction of the tracks requirements.
This letter should be endorsed by two faculty who are members
of the CCS (they may be but need not be faculty in your department);
Note that revisions to this original proposal in the course of
studies are normal and expected.
- A letter
of recommendation from a faculty member of the CCS (either your
major professor or the Cognitive Science advisor in your department.
The letter should be a brief statement of the advisor's confidence
in you as a contributing participant in the Ph.D. Tracks in the
graduate student members of the CCS are expected to elect the Cognitive
Science track of their home departments.
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in the form of Teaching Assistantships, Graduate Assistantships,
Research Assistantships, and Fellowships are available from the
home department. In addition, each year, the Center for Cognitive
Science has a limited number of Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships.
These are available only to students who have been admitted or who
have been offered admission as a Graduate Student Member of the
Center for Cognitive Science.
A call for Applications
for financial aid will be issued near the beginning of Spring semester
each year. To apply for a Cognitive Science Assistantship
or Fellowship, supply the following two documents to the Center:
- A letter
from you describing a) your progress in the Graduate Tracks
program as well as your Department's program, b)
a statement regarding your intended plan of study and research
for the year for which you are applying for funding, and c)
your tentative time schedule until completion of your Ph.D.
Your letter should include a sketch of the topics on which your
studies and research are focused.
- A letter
from a faculty member of the Center, supporting your application.
If you apply for Center membership and financial aid simultaneously,
you may submit one letter from a faculty member supporting both.
currently participating departments are listed below. For changes
to this list, consult the Center office or the office of your home
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dissertation committee must satisfy the requirements of the home
department. In addition the committee chair (major professor) must
be a faculty member of the Center for Cognitive Science, and
one other committee member must be a faculty member of the Center
for Cognitive Science not from the home department. Satisfying this
requirement might require a larger
dissertation committee than is usual for the home
6 The Graduate Student Association for Cognitive Science
Graduate Student Association for Cognitive Science provides an opportunity
for graduate students interested in Cognitive Science to interact
with each other. All Graduate Student Members of the Center for
Cognitive Science are automatically members of the Graduate Student
Association for Cognitive Science. Other interested graduate students
Students in Non-Participating Departments
graduate student whose home department is not one of the participating
departments listed in Section 4 may still pursue a Ph.D. Track in
Cognitive Science. The student must satisfy all of the requirements
listed in this document with the following modifications.
student's major professor need not be a faculty member of the Center
for Cognitive Science. However, in addition to the materials
listed in Section 2, the student must submit a letter from his/her
department's Director of Graduate Studies approving the student's
intention to pursue a Cognitive Science Ph.D. Track.
committee chair (major professor) need not be a faculty member of
the Center for Cognitive Science, but two members of the dissertation
committee must be, and they must be from different departments.
Note that Graduate School rules allow Ph.D. candidates to have more
than three members on their committee.
addition to the general requirements described below, the five Cognitive
Science Courses (B) must be distributed across three different departments.
Up to two of these may be from your home department if any are on
the approved course list, and you may apply to the Center office
concerning non-listed courses.
addition to the requirements of the home department, each student
in a Cognitive Science Track must take 6 Cognitive Science courses
that carry at least 3 credit hours each.
Cognitive Science Course 575, cross-listed in several different
- Five additional
Cognitive Science-approved courses. Three of these must
be distributed across two departments outside your home department.
- The courses
should reflect general coherence around a topic area of your choice.
Typical areas are listed below.
- Topical Areas:
At least 4 of the 6 Cognitive Science courses must form a coherent
group. It is up to the student and the student's major professor
to choose the 4 coherent courses according to the student's research
interests. The following are examples of possible topical
and Computational Systems
The CCS maintains
and yearly updates a list of
There may be other relevant and qualified courses, such as topics
seminars, which escape the attention of the Center office.
You may apply to use such a non-listed course that coheres with
your topical area. Contact the Center office for the approval
general, a tracks member may request a modification of course or
other requirements by application to the Center with substantive
justification. Such requests can be informally checked with
the director of graduate studies before formal application.