Fully-Funded PhD Positions in Educational Neuroscience
At Gallaudet University
The PhD in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) Program at Gallaudet University is inviting prospective students to apply to our Ph.D. program to start in Fall 2020. The program provides four years of full funding (tuition scholarships + $25,200 annual stipend + health insurance option).
Students in this pioneering, bilingual ASL-English program gain state-of-the-art cognitive neuroscience training in how humans learn, with a special strength in the neuroplasticity of visually-guided learning processes. PEN students become experts in at least one cutting-edge neuroimaging method in the discipline of cognitive neuroscience (e.g., fNIRS, EEG, fMRI), study neuroethics, gain strong critical analysis and reasoning skills in science, and develop their own research program under close mentorship from our faculty. While becoming experts in both contemporary neuroimaging and behavioral experimental science, students also learn powerful, meaningful, and principled ways that science can be translated for the benefit of education and society.
PEN is an interdisciplinary program housed in the National Science Foundation-Gallaudet University Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) and enjoys a close relationship with its four national resource hubs: Petitto Brain and Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging (BL2), Early Education and Literacy Lab (EL2), Motion Light Laboratory (ML2), and Translation in the Science of Learning Lab (TL2.)
Students also benefit from Gallaudet University’s local university consortium, which provides students access to courses taught in the Washington D.C. area. Additionally, students benefit from PEN’s collaborations with Gallaudet’s Departments of Psychology; Linguistics; Interpretation and Translation; Education; and Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences. PEN students also have access to a national network of more than 20 cognitive neuroscience labs throughout the world, through formal Memoranda of Understanding.
PEN students can expect to receive fellowship support through a combination of University and grant funding, direct mentoring support from individual advisors, and opportunities to apply for additional resources through a fund managed by students in the VL2 national network.
The PEN program faculty and directors consist of:
- Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto (Chair, PEN Steering Committee)
Focus: bilingualism in the brain, biological bases of language, language acquisition, cognitive neuroscience, fNIRS, thermal infrared camera, and eye tracking.
Petitto Brain and Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging (BL2)
- Dr. Thomas Allen (Program Director)
Focus: deaf education, statistics, psychometrics, longitudinal research.
Early Education and Literacy Lab (EL2)
- Dr. Melissa Herzig (Assistant Program Director)
Focus: translation of science, assessment, literacy development.
Translation in the Science of Learning Lab
- Dr. Lorna Quandt (Assistant Professor)
Focus: action, gesture, embodied cognition, visual perception, EEG, virtual reality.
Action & Brain Lab
- Dr. Ilaria Berteletti (Assistant Professor)
Focus: math and numeracy in the brain, fMRI.
Numeracy and Educational Neuroscience Laboratory
For information on how to apply and admission criteria, visit our application requirements page. For further information, contact us at .
The deadline to apply for the PEN program is February 15, 2020. Early applications will be considered on a rolling basis.