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.

Applications are accepted during the abstract submission period (November 30 – February 1) and are part of the submission form. Award notices are sent out in mid-May.

2024 Winner

Amanda Royka, Yale University
Probing Nonhuman Primate Errors on False Belief Tasks to Explore the Evolutionary Roots of Theory of Mind


Past Winners

2023 Kartik Chandra

2022 Kerem Oktar

2021 James Benjamin Falandays

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 during your abstract submission (Open November 30 – February 1). Award notices are sent out in mid-May.


2024 Winners

Thomas Wilschut, University of Groningen
Modality Matters: Evidence for the Benefits of Speech-Based Adaptive Retrieval Practice in Learners with Dyslexia

Yun-Shiuan Chuang, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Delusional Hedge Algorithm as a Model of Human Learning from Diverse Opinions

Maayan Keshev, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
A working memory model of sentence processing as binding morphemes to syntactic positions

Oli Liu, University of Edinburgh
A predictive learning model can simulate temporal dynamics and context effects found in neural representations of continuous speech


Past Winners

LANGUAGE: Richard Futrell
PERCEPTION & ACTION: Linxing Preston Jiang

LANGUAGE: Daniel Sabinasz


LANGUAGE: Claire Augusta Bergey
PERCEPTION & ACTION: Samuel J. Cheyette


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 (Open November 30 – February 1). Award notices are sent out in mid-May.


2024 Winner

Guangyuan Jiang, MIT
Finding structure in logographic writing with library learning


Past Winners

2023 Yikai Tang

2022 Neil Rathi

2021 Xuanyi Chen

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).

Applications are accepted during the abstract submission period (November 30 – February 1) and are part of the submission form. Award notices are sent out in mid-May.

2024 Winners

Guangyuan Jiang (MIT) 
Finding structure in logographic writing with library learning

Wasita Mahaphanit (Dartmouth College) 
When and why does shared reality generalize?

Carlos G. Correa  (Princeton University) 
Program-Based Strategy Induction for Reinforcement Learning

Christina Steele (Harvard University)
Early Threads of Connection: Probing Infants’ Early Understandings of Caregiving Relationships

Zeynep Genç (University of Kent)
What If Pascale Had Gone to Another School: The Effect of Counterfactual Alternatives on 5-6-year-olds’ Moral and Happiness Judgments

Calvin Deans-Browne (UCL)
Inconsistent Arguments are Perceived as Better Than Appeals to Authority: An Extension of the Everyday Belief Bias

Chen Zhu (Tsinghua University, China)
DELTA: Dynamic Embedding Learning with Truncated Conscious Attention for CTR Prediction

Bilge Tınaz (Özyeğin University, Turkey)
Event Segmentation in Language and Cognition

Tsz-chung Ronald Chan (University of Hong Kong)
The Effect of Music on College Students’ Stress Level and Cognitive Performance, a Perceived Pleasantness of Music Makes the Difference

Ankit Yadav (National Brain Research Centre, India)
Differential Neural Correlates of EEG Mediate the Impact of Internally and Externally Directed Attention in a Dual-task Working Memory Paradigm


Past Winners


Mohammad Arvan 
Yuzhen Dong 
Eliza Kosoy 
Khuyen N. Le 
Ege Otenen
Sidharth Ranjan
Nishad Singhi 
Olivia Soesanto
Yasmine Tachakourt
Anjoom Alikkam Veetil


Mark Abdelshiheed,
Can Avcı
Verónica D’Angelo
Joseph Outa
Maureen Gill
Lauren Girouard-Hallam
Yeqiu Zheng
Aditi Jublie
Hasan Qarehdaghi
Shadab Tabatabaeian



Burcu Arslan
Shaozhe Cheng
Ropafadzo Denga
Amir Hosein Hadian Rasanan
Shobhit Jagga
Joao Loula
Sahil Luthra
Ezgi Mamus
Kerem Oktar
Veronica Ramenzoni


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

Diversity & Social Inequality Awards

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.

Applications are accepted during the abstract submission period (November 30 – February 1) and are part of the submission form.  Award notices are sent out in mid-May.

2024 Winner

Aarthi Popat, Yale University
The Hair Club for Boys: How children and adults judge disparate impact rule


Past Winners

2023 Matthew Adam Turner

2022 George Kachergis

2021 Martin Ho Kwan Ip


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.

Applications are accepted during the abstract submission period (November 30 – February 1) and are part of the submission form. Award notices are sent out in mid-May.

2024 Paper Winners

Ahyeon Choi, Seoul National University
The Effects of Musical Factors on the Perception of Auditory Illusions

Neele Engelmann, University of Granada
Understanding rule enforcement using drift diffusion models

Aida Ramezani, University of Toronto
Moral association graph: A cognitive model for moral inference

2024 Symposia Winner

Cédric Colas, MIT, Gaia Molinaro and Junyi Chu

What Should I Do Now? Goal-Centric Outlooks on Learning, Exploration, and Communication 


Past Winners

2023 Paper Winner

Bridget A Kelly

2023 Symposia Winners

Ilyse Resnick
Aliki Papa

2022 Paper Winners
Sehrang Joo
Steven Elmlinger
Federico Adolfi

2022 Symposia Winner
Dr. Sydney Levine

2021 Paper Winners
Manuel Bohn
V.N. Vimal Rao

2021 Symposia Winners
Andrea Ravignani
Stephan Chrisomalis

Student Travel Grants

Sponsored by the Robert J. Glushko and Pamela Samuelson Fund

Up to $10,000 (USD) will be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students for travel support to attend the Conference. (10 student travel grants of $1000 each). 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 (Open November 30 – February 1). After paper acceptance decisions have been made, selected first authors will be contacted by the Conference Awards Chairs. Award notices are sent out in mid-May.


2024 Winners

Yiming Lu, UCI Sites

Alvin Wei Ming Tan, Stanford University

Yuliya Zubak, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

Leon Assaad, Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy

Dhara Yu, University of California, Berkeley

Eric Martinez, MIT

Urvi Maheshwari, University of California, San Diego

Moufan Li, New York University

Aaron Chuey, Stanford University

Past Winners


Or David Agassi, Israel Institute of Technology
Manikya Alister, The University of Melbourne
Shubhamkar Bajrang Ayare, IIT Kanpur
Caroline Beech, University of Pennsylvania
Felix Binder, University of California, San Diego
Shu Chen, The University of Sydney
Yiran Chen, University of Pennsylvania
Aaron Chuey, Stanford University
Sholei Croom, Johns Hopkins University
Noémi Éltető, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics
Zoe Finiasz, Duke University
Priscilla Fung, University of Toronto
Hailin Hao, University of Southern California
Sebastian Holt, University of California, San Diego
Joseph Kwon, University of California, San Diego
Junho Lee, Seoul National University
Jing-Jing Li, University of California, Berkeley
Jiaxuan Li, University of California, Irvine
Zeynep Marasli, University of Illinois
Raja Marjieh, Princeton University
Mercury Mason, Binghamton University
David Mayo, MIT
James A. Michaelov, University of California, San Diego
Gaia Molinaro, University of California
Owen Morgan, Cornell University
Evan Orticio, University of California, Berkeley
Viola Pucci, The University of Melbourne
Dhanaraaj Raghuveer, Philipps-Universitaet
Sunayana Rane, Princeton University
Ludmila Reimer, Ruhr-University Bochum
Qianqian Ren, Heilongjiang University
Emory Richardson, Yale University
Jennifer Sander, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Ms Revati Vijay Shivnekar, Indian Institute of Technology
Benjamin Simmonds, The University of Adelaide
Jessa Stegall, Duke University
Pol van Rijn, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics
Carlos Alan Velazquez Vargas, Princeton University
Brandon Waldon, Stanford University
Qingyue Wang, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
Alexandra Witt, University of Tübingen
Aotao Xu, University of Toronto
Tham Yik Foong, Kyushu University
Peter Zhu, Stanford University


Kerem Oktar, Princeton University
Federico Adolfi, Ernst-Strüngmann Institute for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max-Planck SocietyAnjie Cao, Stanford University
Kevin O’Neill, Duke University
Katherine Collins, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Isabelle Boni, University of Rochester
Maureen Gill, Yale University​
Arthur Le Pargneux, University of Warwick
Megan Waller, Carnegie Mellon University
Daniel Sabinasz, Institut für Neuroinformatik​



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. During the registration process, a specific application form will be available. (April 1-May 20). Grant notices will be sent out by end of May. 


  • 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 dependent to attend the conference
  • Routine childcare costs
  • 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 dependents 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 30.

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.

The Cognitive Science Society is pleased to announce the establishment of the CogSci Grove which aims to mobilise cognitive scientists to offset carbon emissions associated with their professional activities.