SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Ph.D.Track in Cognitive Science

Description

Ph.D. study of Cognitive Science at the University at Buffalo consists of a special Cognitive Science Track in the Ph.D. program of each of the participating departments. This chapter contains basic information on this program. The current and detailed information is available at the web site: http://wings.buffalo.edu/cogsci/Academic/ph.d.track.program.htm.

Participation in the track consists of five steps:

Admission

To become a Graduate Student Member of the Center for Cognitive Science, a student must be admitted into the graduate program of one of the participating departments. This will be the student's ``home department.'' In addition, the student must be admitted into the Center for Cognitive Science. For direct admission into the Center, send a copy of the application materials you are sending to your prospective home department to:

  Graduate Student Admissions Committee
  Center for Cognitive Science
  652 Baldy Hall
  State University of New York at Buffalo
  Buffalo, NY 14260--1010

For admission as a Graduate Student Member of the Center for Cognitive Science after admission to UB, send the following materials to the above address:

All Graduate Student Members of the Center for Cognitive Science are expected to be working on Cognitive Science Tracks in their home departments.

Financial Aid

Financial aid, in the form of Teaching Assistantships, Graduate Assistantships, Research Assistantships, and Fellowships are available from the home department. In addition, each year, the Center for Cognitive Science has a limited number of Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships. These are available only to students who have been admitted or who have been offered admission as a Graduate Student Member of the Center for Cognitive Science. To apply for a Cognitive Science Assistantship or Fellowship if you are already a Graduate Student Member, send a statement of purpose to the Center office and have at least one faculty member of the Center send a supporting letter of recommendation.

Participating Departments

The currently participating departments are listed below. For changes to this list, consult the Center office or the office of your home department.

AnthropologyCommunicative Disorders and Sciences
Computer ScienceLinguistics
PhilosophyPsychology

Dissertation Committee

The dissertation committee must satisfy the requirements of the home department. In addition the committee chair (major professor) must be a faculty member of the Center for Cognitive Science, and one other committee member must be a faculty member of the Center for Cognitive Science not from the home department. Satisfying this requirement might require a larger dissertation committee than is usual for the home department.

The Graduate Student Association for Cognitive Science

The Graduate Student Association for Cognitive Science provides an opportunity for graduate students interested in Cognitive Science to interact with each other. All Graduate Student Members of the Center for Cognitive Science are automatically members of the Graduate Student Association for Cognitive Science. Other interested graduate students may join.

Students in Non-Participating Departments

A graduate student whose home department is not one of the participating departments listed in the section on Participating Departments may still pursue a Ph.D. Track in Cognitive Science. The student must satisfy all of the requirements listed in this document with the following modifications:

Course Requirements and Faculty

The current and detailed information on course requirements and faculty is available at the web site: http://wings.buffalo.edu/cogsci/Academic/ph.d.track.program.htm

Advanced (Graduate) Certificate in Computational Science

Description

The Advanced (Graduate) Certificate in Computational Science is designed to provide students at the University at Buffalo with training in advanced scientific computing in combination with specialized education in traditional disciplines of science and engineering. Computational Science is an emerging discipline, uniting ideas of Mathematics and Computer Science together with applications arising in science and engineering. Computational Science is distinguished from Computer Science. Computer Science concerns the design of hardware and software for the computer systems of the future. Computational Science concerns the exploitation of current hardware and software to address large-scale computational problems that arise in fields of engineering and science.

This Certificate is a cooperative program involving the Center for Computational Research (CCR) and participating departments (currently including: Mathematics, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering).

Students wishing to earn this Advanced Certificate must be admitted into a participating department, either in the graduate program (for a degree or for the Certificate) or in an approved 5-Year Combined BA-MA degree program. Students take courses required by the Certificate program (in addition to the courses required by their home department). Upon completion of these courses, the students earn the Certificate and the graduate degree from their home department.

Participating departments, in consultation with the Director of CCR will approve the awarding of the Advanced Certificate for students registered in that department.

More detailed information is available at: http://www.ccr.buffalo.edu/computational-sci/certificate-doc.htm

Certificate Requirements for CSE Students

All students who are admitted to CSE M.S. or Ph.D. programs are eligible to earn this Certificate.

To earn the Certificate, the student must take the following courses:

  1. COR 501 High Performance Computing I. (It is cross listed with CE 620/MTH 667/MAE609/PHY 515, and will be cross listed as a CSE course).
  2. COR 502 High Performance Computing II. (It is cross listed with CE 621/MTH 668/MAE610/PHY 516, and will be cross listed as a CSE course).
  3. CSE 531 Analysis of Algorithms
  4. CSE 537 Introduction to Numerical Analysis I (cross listed with Math537)
  5. One of the following:

All these courses can be used for regular CSE graduate degrees.