Q: Are you accepting post-docs?
A. Our lab is quite full now, so we are only looking for postdocs for the computational psychiatry direction the lab is transitioning to. Suitable applicants will have background in clinical psychology or psychiatry, and proficiency with computational modeling.
Q: Are you accepting graduate students next year?
A: Unfortunately my lab is very full now, so I am not taking any new students this year. I normally accept one, or at most two outstanding graduate students every year. Note that, in general, I look for students who are have background and interests in psychology, neuroscience and computational modeling. This is a tall order, I know, but luckily there are some of you out there!
Q: What are the admissions criteria?
A: Admissions decisions are based primarily on your research experience and interests, your reference letters, and past academic performance (though the latter is the more minor consideration — grad school is not about taking classes, but about doing research). Having an idea of the sort of research you are interested in is important so that I can assess whether your interests are aligned with what we do. For more information about how to write your application, please take a look at this page (which I wrote). You should be advised that regardless of how well you fit our lab and/or program, spots in both the Psychology and Neuroscience graduate programs are very limited, and so nothing can be guaranteed and you are encouraged to apply to more than one school.
Q: Can you tell me what are my chances to be accepted to your lab/the Psychology graduate program/the Neuroscience graduate program, based on my CV and statement of interests?
A: No. We have an admissions committee and all decisions are made after all applicants have formally applied to the different programs (see links above). If you wish to be considered for one of the graduate programs, please apply. If you are applying and are specifically interested in working in our lab, please do send me an email to introduce yourself, so I can make note of your application when the time comes to review these and make decisions. You should also mention this interest in your research statement, so that your application is flagged for my attention. You are also welcome to email with questions about the lab etc. (other than "what are my chances of getting accepted", which I unfortunately do not have the information on which to base an answer).
Q: If I were to be accepted, can you provide funding for my studies?
A: Yes. All full time PhD students admitted to the lab are guaranteed funding for the normal time of completion of their degree. This money comes from various sources including student scholarships, teaching assistantships, central university funds for student support, and research grants. The details of where your support comes from should not be of concern to you, and I cannot possibly discuss any financial arrangements until after you have been admitted.
Q: What about working in your group or with you directly?
A: If you are specifically interested in our research, please indicate this on your application. Note, however that students at the Neuroscience program are not admitted to work with specific professors; they are admitted to the program at large, with guaranteed funding and are free to work with whomever they find a good match with once they arrive (this is not the case in the Psychology department in which students are accepted to specific labs). If you are interested in working with me specifically, you can also indicate this in your statement of interest included with your official application. This will mean that I look at your file, and should you be admitted we can decide once you arrive if we'd enjoy doing research together.
Q: Should I apply to the Neuroscience program or the Psychology program?
A: To decide on which program suits you most, the main question you should ask yourself is: am I primarily interested in understanding learning and behavior, and knowing about the brain (or using functional imaging) is but one of the tools I use (-> Psychology) or am I primarily interested in understanding the brain and how it realizes learning and behavior (-> Neuroscience). You should also read the information on the websites of the two programs (click here for Psychology and here for Neuroscience) to determine which program is best for you.
Q: Can I work as a research assistant in your lab?
A: Unfortunately we currently do not have openings for research assistants. Check back with us in Spring 2019.
Q: Do you accept foreign research assistants?
A: Unfortunately, due to visa regulations we cannot secure a work visa (or any other immigration-related documents) to the USA for foreigners interested in working in the lab at a post-bac level. Unless you have a Master's degree or you are coming as a graduate student, we cannot hire you to the lab. This is beyond our control.
Q: Do you accept undergraduate summer interns?
A: Currently I mostly accept summer interns through the PNI Summer Internship Program. Please apply for summer internships through the PNI program, and also email me directly with a CV and short description of your research interests, so I can flag you as appropriate for my lab in particular.
Q: Do you accept foreign undergraduate interns that have their own funding?
A: Unfortunately, in most cases it is virtually impossible to secure a visa to the USA for foreigners interested in a short internship. Moreover, out-of-university visiting scholars have to pay 50% tuition at Princeton (currently around $19,000/year) if they were to come as interns. Thus I do not accept foreign interns.
Q: Do you accept high-school students that are looking for a way to experience science hands-on?
A: Unfortunately, as a small new lab we do not currently have the manpower resources to accept and train high-school students. Hopefully this will change in the future.
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