Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Fully-Funded Opportunity

Seeking eager and motivated students desiring a Ph.D. in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors. We have openings for two fully-funded students beginning January 2020. Full funding includes tuition and a stipend of at least $7144 per semester. Funding is available for 2 years, contingent upon performance. After that funding is contingent on availability of funds from the university or external grants. We seek students interested in working with the following faculty and their domains of interest:

Samantha Smith

Dr. Samantha Smith


Investigates the structure, strengths, and weaknesses of the cognitive processing system in order to improve the safety, performance, and efficiency of human operators in demanding settings. Domains of interest include multitasking, sustained attention, cognitive and physical workload and stress, and physiological indicators of cognitive state.

Erich Petushek

Dr. Erich Petushek


Investigates information/interface design characteristics to enhance understanding and motivation as well as assessing and fostering skilled decision making using web-based systems. Domains of interest include injury and illness prevention, risk communication, medical decision making, health behaviors, and data display/visualization.