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Jeongho Park, PhD 2018

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“The training I received as a graduate student in the Cognitive Science Department at JHU gave me a solid foundation for my development as a cognitive neuroscientist. Through research projects and seminars, I learned how to approach research questions from diverse theoretical perspectives and think about them critically. The interdisciplinary aspect of the program also made it possible for me to connect and collaborate with other researchers across fields, which I value and cherish deeply.” 

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Current position updated October 2018.

Eleanor Chodroff, PhD 2017

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“The training I received in the Cognitive Science program at JHU has given me an invaluable foundation for my development as a linguist and cognitive scientist. In particular, the program has trained me to think critically, creatively, and theoretically. A rigorous style of thinking is fostered through mathematical and computational approaches, a focus on original research, and an inquisitiveness that is pervasive throughout the department. The analysis and computational skills that I acquired at Hopkins have afforded me the ability to explore questions to my heart’s content. Beyond the training, the depth of intelligence and community in both the department and university make this program simply singular.”

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Current position updated July 2018.

Sara Finley, PhD 2008

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“Since my dissertation, I’ve applied my Hopkins cognitive science training in ways that I’ve never imagined. From learning novel methods, to developing innovating teaching strategies, the rigor of my graduate training has always been at the heart of everything I have done and will continue to do in my career.”

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Current position updated November 2016.

Jared Medina, PhD 2006

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“My training in the cognitive science department at Johns Hopkins was invaluable.  I learned critical thinking skills, how to develop strong theoretical frameworks, and the importance of creative, rigorous thought in studying cognition.  The environment at Johns Hopkins is unique, with a caring, dedicated faculty who are truly invested in developing the next generation of cognitive scientists, and a tight-knit group of graduate students and alumni who are both supportive and challenging.”

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Current position updated July 2018.

Charley Beller, PhD 2013

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“I really valued being part of the JHU Cognitive Science department. The training and mentoring I received were crucial to my scientific development; especially the department’s commitment to equipping students with foundational mathematical and philosophical tools. Even outside of a traditional academic research position, I find myself using that training all the time.”

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Current position updated November 2016.

Gaja Jarosz, PhD 2006

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“The Cognitive Science Department at JHU is unique in providing truly integrative training in cognitive science. Very few other programs, if any, provide rigorous formal, theoretical, and methodological training together with exposure to a breadth of cross-disciplinary approaches and perspectives, all in a cohesive community like Hopkins does. These are experiences that not only provide the diverse range of tools to pursue one’s particular interdisciplinary research program but also permanently shape and broaden one’s thinking about language and cognition more generally.”

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Current position updated November 2016.

Lisa Hsin, PhD 2014

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“The foundation in the study of the mind that was laid through my training at JHU has made it possible for me not only to build linguistic theory exploring novel phenomena but also to turn a passion for improving children’s education into a responsive and rigorous research program addressing language, cognition, and even social development. That as an educational researcher I regularly find myself drawing on, and teaching, skills and ideas learned in Hopkins CogSci’s labs and courses reaffirms the depth and the versatility of that training.”

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Current position updated July 2018.

Adam Buchwald, PhD 2005

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“The interdisciplinary training in Cognitive Science at JHU was crucial for my career as a researcher who works on developing theoretical and basic science insights and translating them into approaches to support language-based rehabilitation. In part, this is because of the very strong empirical and theoretical training I had in relating theoretical linguistics to accounts of language processing. In part, it was because of the methodological and computational toolkit that I developed in the program. But probably the most critical component was learning to see the same problem from various perspectives and to see how those perspectives relate to one another. This training has allowed me to naturally extend my research program to integrate cognitive science with pressing questions regarding communicative disorders.”

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Current position updated November 2016.

Mónica López-González, PhD 2010

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“The PhD program here gave me the foundations to becoming the critical thinking scientist I am today. I fondly remember and appreciated above all the intense and broad coursework (from linguistics and language development to neural and vision science), the interdisciplinary projects that were theoretical and experimental, and my thesis advisor who challenged me intellectually and respected my creative adventures within and outside the field of cognition. All of this allowed me to acquire a wide-ranging vocabulary within the mind/brain sciences that I use to this day as a researcher and science communicator at the company I co-founded.”

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Current position updated November 2016.

Jennifer Culbertson, PhD 2010

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“Going with cognitive science rather than traditional linguistics was one of the best decisions I ever made. JHU cogsci was a wonderful place to develop as a researcher. It’s a community of people who engage deeply on an amazing range of topics, and push each other to be theoretically sophisticated and methodologically creative.”

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Current position updated June 2018.