Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Fellowship Opportunity (UI, Bloomington--Cognitive Science)

The Cognitive Science Program at Indiana University, Bloomington invites upper-level undergraduate students and students who are graduating from college to apply to the Cognitive Science Visiting Undergraduate Program.

The program is designed to give students interested in Cognitive Science an opportunity to design and conduct their own research while working closely with a faculty mentor, at the one of the top cognitive science programs in the country, for a full academic year. Students with interests in philosophy of mind and cognitive science are especially encouraged to apply.

Students selected for the program may enroll in up to 17 credits per semester, but will be expected to devote a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester to research approved by the Cognitive Science Program. Students will also have the option to enroll in our outstanding undergraduate courses. The Cognitive Science Undergraduate Program stresses skills acquisition, and aims to foster the abilities that make students into scientists.

The program can provide the following important opportunities and experiences:

  • Improve your chances of being accepted to a top graduate program
  • Build your CV with invaluable lab research experience not available at your home institution
  • Design your own research projects
  • Work closely with a faculty mentor
  • Participate in symposia and colloquia with IU's distinguished and highly accomplished Cognitive Science faculty
  • Learn how to prepare and submit research for publication
Students applying to the Visiting Undergraduate Program must meet the following requirements to be considered for admission:
  • Have junior or senior class standing (in exceptional cases, fellowships may be awarded to students with sophomore standing, but such applications are not encouraged).
  • A minimum GPA of 3.3
  • A background in computer science, mathematics, neuroscience, philosophy, or psychology, or some combination thereof.
Students who are accepted to the program will receive an out-of-state tuition waiver. Students will be responsible for the cost of in-state tuition and fees (approximately $8,000 for the year) and the cost of room and board.

To apply, students must submit an application form and materials checklist. In addition students must submit a 1-2 page personal statement describing the research they would like to pursue; identifying, if possible, the IU faculty member(s) with whom they would like to do this research; CV; Official Transcript; SAT or GRE scores and three letters of recommendation.

Students who are invited to participate will receive an application for admission to Indiana University. The application must be completed and returned to the Office of Admissions. Visiting Undergraduate Research Fellows must be accepted to Indiana University in order to participate in the program.

Students accepted to the program will be classified as transfer students for the year that they are in residence at IU. The accepted student's course schedule must be approved (prior to course registration) by the student's Cognitive Science faculty mentor and the Cognitive Science Undergraduate Academic Advisor ( ). The above information should be submitted to:

Cognitive Science Program
Eigenmann, Room 819
Indiana University
1910 E. 10th St.
Bloomington, IN. 47406-7512

The application deadline is April 18th, Monday, 2011. Those who are accepted will be notified by early May.

CFP: Activism (in The Presage)

The Presage (An Online Undergraduate Journal) issues a Call for Papers: ACTIVISM

Given the recent flux of events concerning civil rights and liberties, the editors of The Presage have chosen activism as the theme for the upcoming issue, due to release on Friday, 20 April 2012. Entries may address activism in any number of ways. Topics may attempt to address the following questions: What are rights and liberties in general? Do human rights exist, and if so, what are some examples? Who may protest, and how? Who should protest, and how? Can violence be justified, and if so to what extent? What is morality and how does it relate to ethics? What does Justice look like? What is global relativism and how does it relate to or complicate activism?

We are accepting essays, theses, theories, manifestos, research and like works which in some way speak to these and other activist concerns. The spotlight for this issue is Visual Arts. We are thus also accepting original images and film.  If you are interested in contributng a paper, image or video, please see for submission details.

Monday, March 19, 2012

ASI-WAS Undergraduate Paper Prize (Animal Studies)

The Animals and Society Institute (ASI) and Wesleyan Animal Studies (WAS) invite applications for the first annual undergraduate prize competition for undergraduate students pursuing research in Human-Animal Studies.

ASI and WAS will award a prize to an outstanding, original theoretical or empirical scholarly work that advances the field of human-animal studies. Papers can come from any undergraduate discipline in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences, and must be between 4,000-7,000 words long, including abstract and references. The winning paper will be published in Society & Animals, a quarterly, interdisciplinary journal that publishes articles describing and analyzing experiences of and with non-human animals. Topics can include human-animal interactions in various settings (animal cruelty, the therapeutic uses of animals), the applied uses of animals (research, education, medicine and agriculture), the use of animals in popular culture (e.g. dog-fighting, circus, animal companion, animal research), attitudes toward animals as affected by different socializing agencies and strategies, representations of animals in literature, the history of the domestication of animals, the politics of animal welfare, and the constitution of the animal rights movement.


Applicants must be currently enrolled on a full or part-time basis in an academic program at a college or university, or have graduated from a college or university within the 12 months of the application. Prior first place winners are ineligible, as are papers that have won prizes in other competitions. Students may submit only one paper per year for consideration. Submissions are encouraged from the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences, and must deal explicitly with non-human animals and/or the human-animal relationship. Students are responsible for keeping prize coordinator updated with current contact information. If student cannot be contacted, the prize is forfeited.

Application Specifications

· Cover sheet with the applicant's name, mailing address to be used for future correspondence, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address, present rank and institution name.

· Paper must be 4,000-7,000 words long, including a one paragraph abstract and references.

· The first page should include the title of the paper and the author's name. The next manuscript page should include the title and a 200-word abstract.

· Papers should be submitted electronically along with a letter by the student's faculty sponsor, on school letterhead, verifying their enrollment status as a full-time or part-time student, or a student enrolled the previous year (all in electronic format).

Selection Process

The selection committee includes members from a range of disciplines connected to Human-Animal Studies, including editors from Society & Animals. Entries will be rated according to criteria associated with the quality of conceptualization, significance of topic, clarity and aptness of the methods (when applicable), quality of writing, command of relevant work in the field, originality, and contribution to Human-Animal Studies.


· Winning paper will be published in an issue of Society & Animals

· Next two papers will get honorable mentions and have their abstracts published in Society & Animals

· All three winners will receive a book of their choice from ASI's Human-Animal Studies book series published by Brill

· Winning papers will be announced on the ASI and WAS websites, and in e-newsletters and other publications. The Committee may decide that no entry meets qualifications as prize winner.

Submission Deadline: August 1, 2012

Applicants should email electronic copies of the paper and cover sheet to by the deadline.

Applicants will be notified by e-mail in September 2012.

The Animals and Society Institute is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) independent research and educational organization that advances the status of animals in public policy and promotes the study of human-animal relationships. ASI edits two peer-reviewed academic journals, Society & Animals and the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, produces the Brill Human-Animal Studies Book Series, produces the ASI Public Policy Paper series, and runs the AniCare program, a psychological counseling approach for juveniles and adults who abuse animals.

Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, is a selective private, coeducational, nonsectarian school of liberal arts and sciences known for the excellence of its academic and co-curricular programs. Wesleyan Animal Studies was created in 2010 in order to foster scholarship on human-animal relations from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. WAS offers HAS courses in Philosophy, Biology, and Environmental Studies, and hosts HAS conferences. WAS and ASI co-host the annual ASI-WAS Human-Animal Studies fellowship.

Margo DeMello
Program Director, Human-Animal Studies
Animals and Society Institute
2512 Carpenter Rd, Suite 202A
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 677-9240

Monday, March 12, 2012

Call for Submissions: Aporia (General Philosophy Journal)

Aporia is an established student philosophy journal published by St. Andrews Philosophy Society. Its editors seek submissions for Issue 9, going to print in early May.

Aporia publishes articles, book reviews, interviews, commentaries and translations written by undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates. As a rule, articles should lie between 1500-6000 words. Electronic submission only. Articles should be sent to Biographical information must be included within a separate file. Referencing should be Harvard style with a list of 'Works Cited'. Successful submissions may be returned for corrections

The journal uses staggered deadlines. The first deadline is Tuesday, 20th, March, 2012; the final deadline is Tuesday, 17th, April, 2012. And at least half of the successful submissions will be chosen following the first deadline. As such, we suggest early submission."

Thursday, March 8, 2012

CFP: The Ohio State University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

The Ohio State University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

May 11th and May 12th

Papers written by undergraduates on any philosophical topic are welcome.

Entries should be roughly 10-20 pages in length.

Please remember to include a cover letter containing your name, e-mail, phone number, University/College/Institution, paper title, and short abstract (roughly 100-200 words).

Submit papers via email to

The deadline for submissions is April 1st.
All applicants will be notified of the status of their submission by April 15th.

For more information email the address above.