Applying to the BBC Program
General application information can be found under Prospective Students. The Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences now accepts online applications only (see the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences online application). Please note that you must enter the program name (BBC) under specialization in the online application.
The BBC program is highly competitive. We receive an average of approximately 100 applications per year, and accept a handful of those applicants. The Boston University program largely works on a mentorship model. The most important criterion for entry is that your interests and experience fit closely with a mentor who is able to accept a student in the upcoming year. It is unfortunately difficult for us to predict which mentors will have funding for a student at the time that you apply to the program. Current faculty members of the BBC program who typically take new students, and their associated labs, are:
- James Cherry (Molecular Neurobiology & Behavior Lab)
- Alice Cronin-Golomb (Vision & Cognition Lab)
- Howard Eichenbaum (Laboratory of Cognitive Neurobiology; Center for Memory & Brain)
- Catherine Caldwell-Harris (Psycholinguistics Lab)
- Michael Hasselmo (Computational Neurophysiology Lab; Center for Memory & Brain)
- Kathleen Kantak (Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience)
- Jacqueline Liederman
- Sam Ling (Visual Neuroscience Lab)
- Joseph McGuire (Cognition & Decision Lab)
- Michele Rucci (Active Perception Lab)
- David Somers (Attention and Perception Neuroimaging Lab)
- Chantal Stern (Cognitive Neuroimaging Lab)
You should locate and carefully read their published materials and website profile and assess whether you have experience in their area of study. Successful applicants typically have actual working experience in research in a closely related field. You should indicate which mentors you have qualifications to work with, and therefore you would like to consider your application, in your personal statement.
We are, of course, very interested in all qualified applications, and our students cannot be described as fitting into any particular mold. We are extremely interested in applications from students from all ethnic/racial backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations, and nationalities. We hope this information will help you in the challenging process of selecting programs and submitting applications, and we hope your process will prove successful and satisfying.