MindCORE provides administrative support and research opportunities for postdoctoral fellows (called junior fellows) and graduate fellows. Undergraduates will have the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary majors and minors related to human intelligence and behavior, as well as summer research opportunities. Our specific objectives for education are to:


  • Establish funding opportunities for doctoral students doing interdisciplinary research in areas of human behavior and decision making.
  • Develop and support graduate certificate and masters programs–including on-campus, on-line, and hybrid models–related to the study of the mind.
  • Provide administrative support and research opportunities for interdisciplinary majors and minors related to human intelligence and behavior.

Research Fellowship for Post-doctoral Scholars
MindCORE offers prestigious postdoctoral fellowships, or junior fellowships, for interdisciplinary research. Fellows pursue research involving two or more labs with different approaches and an interest in a common research question. Click here for more information.

Graduate Education
MindCORE will develop and support graduate certificate and master’s programs—including on-campus, online, and hybrid models–related to the study of the mind (e.g., Certificate in Complex Scene Perception; Certificate in Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience; Master’s Degree in Behavior and Decision Sciences).

Professional Development
MindCORE also supports professional development to pre- and post-doctoral fellows through these programs:

  • CWoPP: The Council for Women of Penn Psychology (CWoPP) promotes and supports the development of women scientists in the Penn community. All members of the Penn community who identify as women and who study the science of the mind (broadly construed!) are invited to join.
  • SCIPS: The mission of SCIPS (Successful Careers in Psychological Science) is to support and enhance the professional development of trainees in psychological sciences including related disciplines in the neural and behavioral sciences. Activities of SCIPS promote the development of careers in psychological science by providing information, advice, feedback, and support to graduate and postdoctoral trainees at Penn.

Mind & Brain Affiliated Graduate Programs at Penn:
Applied Math & Computational Science 
Bioengineering Graduate Group
Biology Department 
Graduate Certificate in Social, Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience (SCAN)   
Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences 
Neuroscience Graduate Group 
Physics Graduate Group
Psychology Graduate Group

Undergraduate Education
MindCORE helps facilitate more interaction between department majors in psychology, biology, linguistics: interdisciplinary majors including the Biological Basis of Behavior;  Cognitive Science; Visual Studies; Philosophy, Politics and Economics; and minors in computational neuroscience and consumer behavior. This includes facilitating the involvement of students in laboratory research and providing research support, as well as helping students to disseminate their research. We also offer seminars where students can interact and workshop their ideas, as well as special programs such as honors seminars and course sequences.

In addition to continuing to develop interdisciplinary majors, minors, and courses related to human intelligence and behavior, MindCORE sponsors summer research opportunities for undergraduate students. Faculty are incentivized to mentor these students by receiving support for their research program and a faculty stipend. Current offerings include:

  • Undergraduate Summer Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Mind and Brain Studies. This program offers up to ten Penn undergraduates the opportunity to do research with Penn faculty. As part of this ten-week experience, participants receive a $3,500 salary stipend for their research work with a faculty mentor, and a “boot camp” experience in R software. Applications for the summer 2019 program will open to Penn students in December.
  • Undergraduate Summer Workshop. This program is open to undergraduate students at any college or university with a strong interest in social and decision sciences and/or language science. Participants receive free room and board, plus a travel stipend. Dr. Thompson-Schill is the Faculty Director and Coren Apicella, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, is Program Director.


Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Majors at Penn Related to Mind & Brain:

Biological Basis of Behavior 

Cognitive Science

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)

Visual Studies

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