MindCORE Summer Fellowship Program

 June 3 – August 9, 2024



The MindCORE Summer Fellowship Program is a paid 10-week program for both Penn and non-Penn undergraduate students. Summer Fellows are matched with select MindCORE faculty in interdisciplinary mind and brain studies based on student research interest and mentor preference. With their mentors, students embark on a research project shaped as much as possible by their interests.

Under the supervision of faculty and program staff, students participate in:

  • A 1-week introductory workshop on interdisciplinary research in cognitive science
  • 9 weeks of mentored research 
  • Weekly lunches for research discussions & faculty seminars
  • Research ethics training
  • Technical training
  • Lab demos
  • Professional development opportunities that prepare participants for pursuing advanced education and careers in related fields of research
  • Guidance toward creating a final poster or presentation of the student’s summer research work

Click here for a sample schedule.




Applicants must be enrolled as full-time freshmen, sophomores, or junior undergraduate students at an accredited institution. Graduating seniors are not eligible.

Non-Penn applicants must be U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents, without exception. Non-Penn students who are in the U.S. on any type of visa are not eligible for the program.

Our program is funded through gift and grants from the following sources:



Applicants are asked to indicate their area(s) of research interest in the application form, contact information & demographic data, as well as provide a resume, unofficial transcript, contact information for 2 professional references (e.g., college instructor(s) and/or work manager), and a short personal statement of no more than 500 words. The personal statement asks applicants to state reasons for wanting to participate in the program, relevance of the program to future research plans, and provide brief details of research interest and/or experience.

Please note that not all referees will be contacted. Reference requests are sent out after the first application review in late January.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2024 program.

Unfortunately we did not receive funding to support the non-Penn student part of the MindCORE Summer Fellowship Program for 2024, so we will only be admitting Penn students to the Fellowship this summer.


Participating Mentors – Summer Program 2024

Each mentor’s name is linked to their website.

Dolores Albarracin

Coren Apicella

Michael Arcaro

Vijay Balasubramanian

Nicholas Balderston

Marlyse Baptista

Jonathon Baron

Sudeep Bhatia

Elizabeth Brannon

Erin Conrad

Delphine Dahan

Ramon Diaz-Arrastia

Yun Ding

Loretta Flanagan-Cato

Emily Falk

Brett Foster

Joshua Gold

Denise Harvey

Michelle Johnson

Michael Kahana (co-mentor: Adam Broitman)

Roy Hamilton

Joseph Kable

Brian Litt

David Lydon-Staley

Allyson Mackey

Danaë Metaxa

Tim Machado

Desmond Oathes

Anna Papafragou

Anna Schapiro

Marc Schmidt

Kathryn Schuler

Florian Schwarz

Yvette Sheline

Daniel Swingley

John Trueswell

Lyle Ungar

Flavia Vitale

Rebecca Waller

Franz Weber