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.

2019 Winners

Jose M. Ceballos, University of Washington
The Role of Basal Ganglia Reinforcement Learning in Lexical Priming and Automatic Semantic Ambiguity Resolution

Nicolas Oliver Riesterer, Universität Freiburg
Modeling Human Syllogistic Reasoning: The Role of “No Valid Conclusion”

Past Winners

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.

2019 Winners

APPLIED COGNITION
Douglas Guilbeault, University of Pennsylvania
The Social Network Dynamics of Category Formation

HIGHER-LEVEL COGNITION
Ardavan S. Nobandegani, McGill University
A Resource-Rational Process-Level Account of the St. Petersburg Paradox

LANGUAGE
Benjamin Peloquin, Stanford University
The Interactions of Rational, Pragmatic Agents Lead to Efficient Language Structure and Use

PERCEPTION & ACTION
Yunyan Duan, Northwestern University
A Rational Model of Word Skipping in Reading: Ideal Integration of Visual and Linguistic Information

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. 

 

2019 Winner

Megumi Sano, Stanford University
Graphical Convention Formation During Visual Communication

 

Diversity & Inclusion Travel Awards

Sponsored by The Cognitive Science Society

New in 2019, five prizes will be awarded to support travel to the conference for graduate students who bring diversity to the society, in particular under-represented racial/ethnic groups and citizens of under-represented countries (Zone B Society members) who are presenting at the conference. Each travel award includes a cash award of $1,000 (USD).

2019 Winners

Jose M. Ceballos, University of Washington Seattle
The Role of Basal Ganglia Reinforcement Learning in Lexical Priming and Automatic Semantic Ambiguity Resolution

Tania Delgado, University of California San Diego
Differences in Learnability of Pantomime Versus Artificial Sign: Iconicity, Cultural Evolution, and Linguistic Structure

Nianyu Li, Peking University
A Conceptual Model of Self-Adaptive Systems Based on Attribution Theory

Che Lucero, Cornell University
Unconscious Number Discrimination in the Human Visual System

Mukesh B. Makwana, Centre of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences, Mumbai
Hands in Mind: Learning to Write with Both Hands Improves Inhibitory Control, but Not Attention

Guilherme Sanches de Oliveira, University of Cincinnati
Bee-ing In the World: Phenomenology, Cognitive Science, and Interactivity in a Novel Insect-Tracking Task

Staci Meredith Weiss, Temple University
Individual Differences in Bodily Attention: Variability in Anticipatory Mu Rhythm Power Is Associated with Executive Function Abilities and Processing Speed

 

 

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.

2019 Award 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

Announcing the new CogSci Family Grant program

Overview

The Cognitive Science Society is pleased to announce the introduction of 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 US$500 grants to help reduce these additional costs.

Eligibility

  • 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 US$500 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.

Reimbursements
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.

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.