Conference awards

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.

2021 Winner

James Benjamin Falandays, University of California, Merced
The Emergence of Cultural Attractors: An Agent-Based Model of Collective Perceptual Alignment

Past Winners

2020 Anjali Sifar

2019 Jose M. Ceballos and Nicolas Oliver Riesterer

2018 Meilin Zhan and Roger Levy (Mentor)

2017 Melody Dye

2016 Wai Keen Vong

2015 Tiffany Doan

2014 Anna Coenen

2013 Nimrod Dorfman

2012 George Kachergis

2011 Brendan T. Johns

2010 Hyowon Gweon

2009 Jennifer Misyak

2008 Michael Frank

2007 David Landy

2006 Elizabeth Baraff Bonawitz

2005 Matthew Tong

2004 Florencia Reali

2003 Chen Yu

2002 Sourabh Niyogi

2001 Sam Scott

2000 Eliana Colunga

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.

2021 Winners

Eeshan Hasan, Vanderbilt University
Improving Medical Image Decision Making by Leveraging Metacognitive Processes and Representational

Emily M. Heffernan, University of Toronto
Learning exceptions to the rule in human and model via hippocampal encoding

Claire Augusta Bergey, The University of Chicago
Learning communicative acts in children’s conversations: a Hidden Topic Markov Model analysis of the CHILDES corpus

Samuel J. Cheyette, University of California, Berkeley
The psychophysics of number arise from resource-limited spatial memory


Past Winners


APPLIED COGNITION: Lauren A Oey, Isabella DeStefano
LANGUAGE: Robert Hawkins


APPLIED COGNITION: Douglas Guilbeault
HIGHER-LEVEL COGNITION: Ardavan S. Nobandegani
LANGUAGE: Benjamin Peloquin

Sayan Gul Award

In honor of Sayan Gul

Sayan Gul was an undergraduate at UC Berkeley studying cognitive science and computer science, and had great potential as a cognitive scientist. He died tragically while traveling to the Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society for the presentation of his research. This award is intended to support similarly outstanding undergraduates conducting research in cognitive science.

New in 2019, the Sayan Gul Award supports undergraduate students with travel related costs who are presenting authors at the conference. The Sayan Gul Award includes a cash award of $500 (USD). Undergraduate student authors can indicate whether they want to be considered for the grant as part of the submission process.


2021 Winner

Xuanyi Chen, Rice University
Challenges for using Representational Similarity Analysis to Infer Cognitive Processes: A Demonstration

Past Winners

2020 Chelsea Campbell
2019 Megumi Sano

Diversity & Inclusion Conference Awards

Sponsored by The Cognitive Science Society

Up to ten prizes will be awarded to promote participation in the conference for graduate students who bring diversity to the society, in particular under-represented racial/ethnic groups and citizens of under-represented and economically disadvantaged countries who are presenting at the conference.  Please note that under-represented countries are identified using the World Bank list of developing nations (Low Income, Low-Middle Income, or Upper-Middle Income).  Countries considered High Income Economies are not eligible.  Each conference award includes a cash award of $1,000 (USD).

2021 Winners

Burcu Arslan, Koç University, Turkey
Grammatical Complexity and Gesture Production of Younger and Older Adults

Shaozhe Cheng, Zhejiang University, China
Intention beyond Desire: Humans Spontaneously Commit to Future Actions

Ropafadzo Denga, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
Need for speed: Applying ex-Gaussian modeling techniques to examine intra-individual reaction time variability in expert Tetris players

Amir Hosein Hadian Rasanan, Shahid Beheshti University, Iran
Reflected Boundary Drift Diffusion Model: A Double Responding Framework for Go/No-Go Paradigm

Shobhit Jagga, Indian Institute of Technology, India
Modeling procrastination as rational metareasoning about task effort

João Loula, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Combining rules and simulation to explain infant physical learning

Sahil Luthra, University of Connecticut, USA
Lexically-Mediated Compensation for Coarticulation in Older Adults

Ezgi Mamus, MPI/Radboud University, Netherlands
Modality of input influences encoding of path and manner of motion in speech but not in co-speech gestures

Kerem Oktar, Princeton University, USA
Deciding to be Authentic: Intuition is Favored Over Deliberation for Self-Reflective Decisions

Verónica Ramenzoni, National Scientific and Technical Research Council, Argentina
Body Image During Quarantine; Generational Effects of Social Media Pressure on Body Appearance Perception

Past Winners


Jose M. Ceballos
Tania Delgado
Nianyu Li
Che Lucero
Mukesh B. Makwana
Guilherme Sanches de Oliveira
Staci Meredith Weiss

Diversity & Social Inequality Award

Sponsored by The Cognitive Science Society

This prize recognizes the best work at our annual conference that tackles issues of diversity and social inequality.  Eligible work can include studies of racism, sexism, and other forms of inequality, or more generally tackle the issue of psychological and behavioral diversity in cognitive science.  The prize includes a cash award of $1,000 (USD).  The prize is open to researchers at any level (student, post-doctoral fellow, research scientist, faculty) from any nationality.  It will be awarded to full papers that indicate their eligibility on submission.

2021 Winner

Listeners evaluate native and non-native speakers differently (but not in the way you think)
Martin Ho Kwan Ip & Anna Papafragou, University of Pennsylvania


Disciplinary Diversity & Integration Award in Cognitive Science

Sponsored by The Cognitive Science Society

This conference prize recognizes the best cognitive science research in disciplines that have been traditionally under-represented at our annual conferences and journals.  Eligible submissions include novel interdisciplinary perspectives and integrative approaches to understanding the human mind.  The prize is open to researchers at any level (student to faculty) and will be awarded to full papers and/or organized symposia that indicate their eligibility on submission and upon review of the committee.

The prize for full papers will include a cash award of $1,000 (USD).  The prize for symposia includes complimentary member registration for the conference for both the organizer and each of those presenting in the symposium, and an additional cash award of $1,000 (USD) for the organizer of the symposium if the symposium is turned into a successful proposal to topiCS.

2021 Paper Winners

A longitudinal study of great ape cognition
Manuel Bohn; Johanna Eckert; Daniel Hanus; Daniel Benjamin Moritz Haun: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Categorical perception of p-values
V. N. Vimal Rao: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; Jeffrey K. Bye: University of Minnesota; Sashank Varma: Georgia Tech


2021 Symposia Winners

The evolution of rhythm from neurons to ecology
Organizer: Andrea Ravignani: Comparative Bioacoustics Group, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

The deep history of information technologies: A cognitive perspective
Organizer: Helena Miton: Santa Fe Institute

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.

Past Winners



Nicolas Collignon, University of Edinburgh
Douglas Guilbeault, University of Pennsylvania
Ethan Hurwitz, University of California, San Diego
Akila Kadambi, University of California, Los Angeles
Kei Kashiwadate, Tokyo Denki University
Lara Kirfel, University College London
Sang Ho Lee, Ohio State University
Ashley Leung, University of Chicago
Mahi Luthra, Indiana University
Olivia Miske, Arizona State University
Sebastian Musslick, Princeton University
Benjamin Peloquin, Stanford University
Nicolas Riesterer, University of Freiburg
Harrison Ritz, Brown University
Jennifer Sloane, University of New South Wales
Leila Straub, ETH Zurich
Karina Tachihara, Princeton University
Charley Wu, Max Planck Institute for Human Development
Yueyuan Zheng, University of Hong Kong

CogSci Family Grant program


The Cognitive Science Society is pleased to offer the CogSci Family Care Grant Program. This program has been initiated to help alleviate the financial burden of extra family care expenses incurred either onsite or at home as a result of attending the annual conference (e.g., increased daycare or babysitting costs, increased care service support for elder care, or care of a family member with disabilities). The Society is therefore offering up to $500 (USD) grants to help reduce these additional costs.


  • All CogSci members with one or more dependent who requires childcare, elder care, or care due to disability are eligible for this grant, although preference will be given to early career researchers should demand be greater than resources
  • Grant recipients must be registered to attend the CogSci Conference
  • Applicant must be presenting original work as primary author in a poster or oral presentation
  • Only one parent/caregiver for a given family may apply

Use of funds:

One subsidy of up to $500 (USD) will be awarded per applicant per fiscal year, subject to the availability of funds. Applications will be reviewed by the Cognitive Science Society Executive Committee based on the following criteria:

  • First time applicants will have priority
  • Appropriateness of the budget
  • Benefit of the conference to the attendee
  • Completeness of the application and eligibility requirements

Eligible expenses for the budget include:

  • Third party dependent care services for the duration of the conference (onsite or at home)
  • Travel costs for designated caregiver(s)
  • Per diem of US$50/day for the designated caregiver(s)

Ineligible expenses include:

  • Personal costs incurred as a result of attending the conference (travel, accommodation, registration fees, meals etc.)
  • Travel and accommodation costs for a dependant to attend the conference
  • Care costs unrelated to attending the conference
  • Entertainment services (e.g., entry tickets, cinema tickets etc.)
  • Care relating to pets

If you are unsure if an expense is eligible or not, please contact us to clarify. The Cognitive Science Society reserves the right to reject any expenses not directly related to care of dependants and may ask for further evidence of spending if it is suspected that funds are not being allocated appropriately.

Each grant recipient must complete and return their reimbursement form (with photocopies or scans of receipts) to our conference management team, by August 31.

Expenses that exceed the amount of the funds granted are the responsibility of the grant recipient. Unfortunately, no funds can be paid out until after the conference has ended.

Changes in Circumstances
If the circumstances outlined in your initial application change, you must notify us to clarify these changes. Your application may then be re-assessed to ensure it is still eligible for funding.