Glushko Dissertation Prize
The prizes are funded by the Robert J. Glushko and Pamela Samuelson Foundation, based in San Francisco.
Robert J. Glushko is an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley who received a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology in 1979 under David Rumelhart’s supervision. He is an Adjunct Full Professor in the Cognitive Science Program at the University of California, Berkeley. He also funds the David E. Rumelhart Prize for Contributions to the Theoretical Foundations of Human Cognition.
1. The deadline for nominations is January 25. Self-nominations are welcome. Awardees will be announced by April 15.
2. Candidates for the award, or an advisor who nominates a candidate, will use Submittable to submit the following materials electronically by the deadline above.
- A cover letter indicating the name and current contact information for the candidate, title of the dissertation, Ph.D. institution, date on which the Ph.D. was awarded, and contact information for the three faculty who will be contributing letters of support.
- A curriculum vitae of the candidate
- The dissertation itself
- A précis of no more than 4,000 words (references do not count in the word limit) written by the candidate describing the dissertation research. This description should clearly express the importance, novelty, and interdisciplinary contribution of the dissertation. The précis should be suitable for review by a broad spectrum of cognitive scientists.
3. In addition, nominators (including self-nominators/candidates) should arrange for 3 letters of support from faculty members. They can be uploaded directly to the Submittable submission site (Or, if the nominator provides e-mail addresses, each faculty support letter writer will receive an e-mail with instructions). Alternatively, the support letters may be sent to email@example.com ensuring that the name of the nominee is included in the subject line.
Chaz Firestone – 2017 PhD thesis “Cognition Does Not Affect Perception” from Yale University, précis
Sagi Jaffe-Dax – 2016 PhD thesis “Neural Basis and Computational Account for Dyslexia” from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, précis
Eric Schulz – 2017 PhD thesis “Towards a Unifying Theory of Generalization” from University College London, précis
Michelle Spierings – 2016 PhD thesis “The Music of Language: Exploring Grammar, Prosody and Rhythm Perception” from Leiden University, précis
Alexandra Carstensen – 2016 PhD thesis “Universals and variation in language and thought: Concepts, communication, and semantic structure” from University of California, Berkeley, précis
Judith Ellen Fan, 2016 PhD thesis “Role of cognitive actions in learning” from Princeton University, précis
Julian Jara-Ettinger, 2016 PhD thesis “The inner life of goals: Costs, rewards, and commonsense psychology” from MIT, précis
Samuel G. B. Johnson, 2016 PhD thesis “Cognition as sense-making” from Yale University, précis
Dave F. Kleinschmidt, 2016 PhD thesis “Perception in a variable but structured world: The case of speech perception” from University of Rochester, précis
Lang Chen, PhD thesis “White matter connectivity explains category-specific brain activation and impairment: A neurocomputational model of semantic cognition” from University of Wisconsin – Madison, précis
Isabelle Dautriche, PhD thesis “Weaving an ambiguous lexicon” from University of Paris Descartes and Ecole Normale Supérieure, précis
Jan Engelmann, PhD thesis “An empirical investigation of the evolutionary and ontogenetic roots of trust” from Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, précis
Philip Pärnamets, PhD thesis “Observing and influencing preferences in time” from Lund University, précis
Andrew Saxe, PhD thesis “Deep linear neural networks: A theory of learning in the brain and mind” from Stanford University, précis
Harm Brouwer – 2014 PhD thesis “The Electrophysiology of Language Comprehension: A Neurocomputational Model” from University of Groningen, précis
Da Cheong (Jena) Hwang – 2014 PhD thesis “Identification and Representation of Caused Motion Constructions” from University of Colorado, précis
Brenden Lake – 2014 PhD thesis “Towards more human-like concept learning in machines: Compositionality, causality, and learning-to-learn” from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, précis
Jessica Sullivan – 2014 PhD thesis “The Roles of Inference and Associative Learning in the Construction of Mappings Between Number Words and Numerical Magnitudes” from University of California – San Diego, précis
Samuel Gershman – 2013 PhD thesis “Memory Modification in the Brain: Computational and Experimental Investigations” from Princeton University, précis
Celeste Kidd – 2013 PhD thesis “Rational Approaches to Learning and Development” from University of Rochester, précis
Victoria Leong – 2013 PhD thesis “Speech Rhythm Cognition : A Multi-Disciplinary Account” from University of Cambridge, précis
Ian Lyons – 2012 PhD thesis “A Sense of Order: Ordinality and the meaning of symbolic numbers” from University of Chicago, précis
Takao Sasaki – 2013 PhD thesis “Psychology Of A Superorganism” from Arizona State University, précis
Douglas Knox Bemis – 2012 PhD thesis “Simple Composition During Language Processing: An MEG Investigation” from New York University, précis
Neil Cohn – 2012 PhD thesis “Structure, Meaning, and Constituency in Visual Narrative Comprehension” from Tufts University, précis
George Kachergis – 2012 PhD thesis “Mechanisms for Cross-Situational Learning of Word-Referent Mappings: Empirical and Modeling Evidence” from Indiana University,précis
Andrew Lovett – 2012 PhD thesis “Spatial Routines for Sketches: A Framework for Modeling Spatial Problem Solving” from Northwestern University, précis
Liad Mudrik – 2011 PhD thesis “Processing Visual Context Violations: The Roles of Attention and Awareness” from Tel Aviv University, précis
Timothy F. Brady – 2011 PhD thesis “Structured Representations in Visual Working Memory” from MIT – précis
Jennifer L. Culbertson – 2010 PhD thesis “Learning Biases, Regularization, and the Emergence of Typological Universals in Syntax” from Johns Hopkins University- précis
Nazbanou Nozari – 2011 PhD thesis “Is Comprehension Necessary for Error Detection? A Conflict-based Account of Monitoring in Speech Production” from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign- précis
Steven T. Piantadosi – 2011 PhD thesis “Learning and the language of thought” from MIT-précis
Rachel Wu – 2011 PhD thesis “Learning (to Learn) from Spatial Attention Cues During Infancy” from Birkbeck, University of London – précis
Vera Demberg-Winterfors – 2010 PhD thesis “A Broad-Coverage Model of Prediction in Human Sentence Processing” from The University of Edinburgh – précis
Michael Frank – 2010 PhD thesis “Early Word Learning Through Communicative Inference” from MIT- précis
Chi-Tat Law – 2009 PhD thesis “Mechanisms of learning a visual motion discrimination task” from University of Pennsylvania- précis
Eric Mandelbaum – 2010 PhD thesis “The Architecture of Belief: An Essay on the Unbearable Automaticity of Believing” from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill – précis
Edward Vul – 2010 PhD thesis “Sampling in human cognition” from MIT – précis