COGS 396 Undergraduate Research Project

General Information

  • Eligible Supervisors: Any professor at McGill University and affiliated hospitals working in a field related to Cognitive Science.  Supervisors often come from Philosophy, Psychology, Linguistics or Computer Science, but may come from other departments.  Here is a list of Established Cognitive Science researchers at McGill.
  • Course Coordinator: Professor Thomas Shultz, 2001 McGill College 712, thomas.shultz [at]
  • Advisor: Ryan Bouma, Dawson Hall Room 405, ryan.bouma [at]
  • Student Eligibility: see requirements on the Office for Undergraduate Research in Science 396 undergraduate research project website

COGS 396 Project Eligibility

Cognitive science largely concerns the interdisciplinary study of mental representations and the operations performed on those representations. The chief contributing disciplines are philosophy, psychology, linguistics, computer science, and neuroscience, with some additional contributions from anthropology, biology, political science, and sociology. Common research methods include conceptual analysis, formalization of grammars, experiments, computational and mathematical modeling, statistical analysis, brain imaging, neural stimulation, and neural recording. Any proposal that falls outside of cognitive science would not be appropriate for these courses. If there is any doubt about the project being within cognitive science, the student applicant and potential research-course supervisor are strongly encouraged to examine these two brief descriptions of the nature of cognitive science, prior to submitting a proposal for COGS 396.

The student applicant and potential research-course supervisor could also consult with the supervisor’s representative on the Cognitive Science Program Committee for guidance on what constitutes cognitive science research.

Every proposal for COGS 396 must contain a concise, but clear indication of how it relates to cognitive science. Does the proposed project deal with human, animal, or machine cognition using some of the methods listed above? Does it integrate ideas and/or methods from more than one contributing discipline? The proposal should avoid or translate any jargon that would not be understood by a general academic reader.

How to Proceed

Refer to the Office for Undergraduate Research in Science 396 undergraduate research project website for instructions.  When submitting a project proposal on that website, be sure that the proposal includes a concise but clear indication of how the project relates to cognitive science, as per the above "project eligibility" section.