Mind, Brain, Computation and Technology membership is founded on the idea that contemporary research about the emergent functions of the nervous system often requires the integration of experimental investigations with computation and advanced technologies.
Membership in the center supports PhD students from empirical, computational, technical or theoretical backgrounds as they stretch beyond the traditional boundaries of their department or lab to learn complementary interdisciplinary approaches, advancing their research and helping them develop into leaders and innovators in their field.
Graduate students who are MBCT members benefit from the opportunity to engage with and participate actively in the large Stanford community of researchers interested in the synergistic approach to investigating the sciences of mind and brain. Students are given access to a menu of options to enhance their training as interdisciplinary scientists. Members are given the opportunity for advising on selecting additional mentors to enhance their research, leadership roles within the community and access to workshops, seminars and a community of scientists with a similar interest in bridging quantitative, computational, technical and experimental approaches to advance neuroscience research. In addition, student members receive funding to travel to conferences or scientific meetings so that they can expand their network, learn about new advances and approaches, and share their work with the community.
The 2021 Mind, Brain, Computation and Technology student membership application is now closed.
Mind, Brain, Computation and Technology student membership is only available to students who have already begun their PhD program at Stanford. If you are not a current Stanford PhD student, please follow the normal application procedures for the PhD program of your choice, and consider joining the center’s mailing list to learn more about seminars, symposia and other events.
Your student member experience
Training and research
MBCT student members are encouraged to consider which components of the program will be beneficial to their research and training goals, including elements such as additional coursework beyond the requirements of students' home departments, and other learning and research engagement opportunities relevant to their research or career goals, such as travel to workshops or conferences.
Students are encouraged to reach out to Stanford faculty or external mentors to help guide their development beyond the traditional boundaries of their lab or department. Students interested in secondary mentorship or those who have other questions about how they might best pursue their research or educational goals are encouraged to contact MBCT director Jay McClelland.
Other program activities
The Center for Mind, Brain, Computation and Technology offers a journal club, an ongoing seminar series devoted to faculty and student research presentations, and also holds an annual symposium that brings distinguished speakers to campus to talk with program participants. Community engagement and participation is an important component of the center’s graduate student programs, and students play an important role in formulating, planning and coordinating these events along with program faculty.
All Mind, Brain, Computation and Technology student members in good standing are eligible to receive one $1,500 award to support research- and training-related travel, to be used within three years. Student members can also apply for additional funding for opportunities specific to their unique training needs through the Director's Discretionary Fund. This fund accepts applications two or three times each year.