Prizes and Awards

Computational Modeling Prizes

Sponsored by The Cognitive Science Society

Four prizes will be awarded for the best full paper submissions that involve computational cognitive modeling. The four separate prizes will represent the best modeling work in the respective areas of: perception/action, language, higher-level cognition, and applied cognition. Each prize includes a cash award of $1,000 (USD). The prizes are open to researchers at any level (student, post-doctoral fellow, research scientist, faculty) from any nationality. Any form of computational cognitive modeling relevant to cognitive science will be eligible, including (but not limited to) neural networks, symbolic models, Bayesian models, dynamic systems, or various hybrids. If your full paper involves computational cognitive modeling, be sure to indicate its eligibility when you submit your paper.

Marr Prize

Sponsored by The Cognitive Science Society

The Marr Prize, named in honor of the late David Marr, will be given to the best student paper at the conference. The Marr Prize includes a cash award of $1000 (USD). All student first authors are eligible for the Marr Prize for the best student paper. Authors who graduated within the last 6 months and are no longer students are also eligible if the work being reported was conducted entirely while the first author was a student.

Cognition and Student Learning (CaSL) Prize

Sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences

The Cognition and Student Learning prize will be given to the best full paper submission on a topic directly related to cognitive science, in the areas of educational practice, or subject-matter learning. The CaSL Prize includes a cash award of $1000 (USD). Methodology should be rigorous but is not restricted to any particular approach. All full paper submissions are eligible for these awards. The prize is open to researchers at any level (student, post-doctoral fellow, research scientist, faculty) from any nationality. If your full paper is directly relevant to the topics of educational practice or subject-matter learning, be sure to indicate its eligibility when you submit your paper.

Student Travel Grants

Sponsored by the Robert J. Glushko and Pamela Samuelson Foundation

Up to $10,000 (USD) will be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students for travel support to attend the Conference. Any student who is first author on a full-length paper to be presented at the conference is eligible. Awardees will be selected on the basis of need and submission quality, with an effort to achieve a broad representation among academic institutions. Student first authors can indicate whether they want to be considered for the grant as part of the submission process. After paper acceptance decisions have been made, selected first authors will be contacted by the Conference Awards Chairs.

Awardees of the above listed prizes will be selected and informed by May 2012.

NSF Travel Grant & Research Fellowship

In association with the Cognitive Science Society, the US National Science Foundation hopes to fund up to eight conference grants/research fellowships to US citizens who are enrolled as students at a US institution. The funds will support students to both attend the 34th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci2012) and to participate in a collaborative research project with a sponsoring institution in Japan. The award will provide funds for travel, accommodations, and registration fees for the conference and for a short stay (3 to 4 days) at a relevant Japanese institution immediately prior to or after the conference to work on the project. The number of awards will be based on available funds and the scientific merit of the submitted proposals.

Interested students should read the full announcement before submitting their applications to: CogSci.2012.sapporo@gmail.com.