Giving Opportunities

We thank you for your consideration of a gift to the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences. Both our undergraduate Psychology majors and graduate Students pursuing an advanced degree in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors benefit directly from every dollar you gift.

We will use this money to fund student travel to professional conferences, assist students with the cost of their research projects (all students, including our undergraduates, must complete a research project prior to graduating), recognize outstanding performance, and assist students with financial need who may not otherwise be able to finish. I assure you that your gift, big or small, will have a real impact on our amazing students.

Giving Needs

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Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research is a cornerstone of our undergraduate psychology program. All majors complete a full research study, and are encouraged to pursue a conference presentation or publication from their work. Gifts support summer research fellowships, costs associated with research projects, and conference travel.

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Person participates in a researcher's experiment.

Graduate Research

Generous gifts to this fund will help us maintain a high level of excellence and productivity in graduate research by supporting summer enrollment, research costs, and conference travel for our graduate students.

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Two researchers record data while a participant completes an experiment.

Recognition of Outstanding Performance

We wish to recognize student achievement by awarding a small stipend and letter of recognition for the top GPA students from each class every year (freshman, sophomore, etc.). In addition, the top grade-earning students from every psychology course will be awarded with a dinner and social event with faculty. This will promote and strengthen faculty/student interaction, and assist students in making key faculty connections.

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Two students stand next to Brad Baltensperger at commencement.


The Brad Baltensperger Scholarship was created following the retirement of former CLS Chair, Brad Baltensperger - serving 35 years. He oversaw the transition of our department from service coursework only (no majors or minors) to research, offering a major and minor in psychology as well as our M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors. Brad was known for his passion to ensure all students have an opportunity to be successful in their educational journey.  Funds from this scholarship will support underrepresented students in pursuit of their degree.

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Alumni at the Mine Shaft bowling alley.

Alumni and Friends

Your generous gift to this unrestricted fund will be available as needed to support departmental initiatives and events. This will allow us to act in a timely matter when needs or opportunities arise. Support visiting experts for public presentations, bi-weekly colloquium series, and activities that promote the creative, positive social tie between faculty and students. We recently hosted a “painting party” for our students, staff, and faculty as a means to de-stress before finals, and we have a fierce competition in bowling every year with our student organization members.

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Professional Clothing Give-Away

Our department has hosted a professional clothing give-away event for students every semester just prior to the career fair. This event began in 2015, with its mission to provide gently worn women’s professional apparel and accessories obtained through donations to all University students. Given the lack of local shopping options, especially for women’s business clothing, this event has served hundreds of students over the past four and a half years. We have also recently added men’s professional clothing attire as well.

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Questions About Your Gift?

Kelly Steelman

  • Department Chair and Associate Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Computer Science
Karin Van Dyke

Karin Van Dyke

  • Director for Advancement, College of Sciences & Arts