When: Thursday, November 8th, 7:00 PM
Where: 150D Moffit
What: For the past ten years CSSA has put on the California Cognitive Science Conference, bringing speakers and poster presenters from far and wide to discuss Cognitive Science topics from a variety of perspectives. Want experience putting on a 300+ person academic event, and getting to interact personally with presenters on the cutting edge of their field? Come to this event to see how you can get involved!
The CSSA holds weekly meetings (sometimes replaced by special events) each with its own specific topic. The topics range from fun social events (such as movie or trivia nights) to guest speakers to a range of informational and planning meetings. Meetings we've had in the past have included tasting food with sour taste receptors blocked by Miracle Berries, debunking cognitive science themed movies, planning various events, a discussion on Brain Machine Interfaces led by a graduate student from Professor Carmena's lab, a presentation by the Cognitive Technology group, a talk on theoretical neuroscience given by a graduate student in the Redwood Center, and more! Check the upcoming events above to see what the topic for the next meeting is.
Maybe you are a student wondering if cognitive science is the right major for you. Perhaps you are a cog sci major who wants some advice with a specific interest, or it could be that you just like free snacks. In any case, “Why Cog Sci?” features presentations on the various disciplines of cognitive science, interactive demonstrations, and an overview of the major requirements. If you are considering the cognitive science major and want to learn more then this is the event for you!
What can you do with a major in cognitive science beyond academia? What is it like to do research in industry? Which classes turned out to be the most valuable for alumni in the working world? We’ve rounded up some of Berkeley’s best and brightest cognitive science alumni to answer these questions and more for you. They’re here to give you advice on where cognitive science can take you post graduation and how best to prepare yourself to enter the job market.
Do you want to know what graduate school is like? What you should do to increase your chances of getting in? The CSSA's GREsearch night will provide information on everything graduate school. We'll have a representative from Kaplan give a presentation about the application process. We'll also have a panel of graduate students share their firsthand experiences. Don't forget the free snacks!
At PETs, the CSSA takes a member of the cognitive science faculty out for dinner at a Berkeley restaurant with a small group of students. This is your chance to learn about your professor’s interests, research, and eating habits. To reserve your spot for the next PET, look out for an email from the CSSA. RSVP quickly because this is one our most popular events and space is limited!
Perhaps you've already visited the CSSA table and touched a real human brain. If you want the next step up, come to the CSSA's live brain dissection. We'll have a Berkeley neuroanatomy professor come slice brains up in front of your very eyes while giving an interactive lecture. This is a great way to gain an up-close visual basis for that organ you spend so much time learning about!