Genetics & Neurobiology of Language
July 27 - August 2, 2020
Application & Materials Deadline: April 1, 2020
COVID-19: We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation as it evolves, following CDC guidelines to ensure the safety and well-being of our participants and staff. Advisory
As of March 3rd, CSHL has postponed or canceled all upcoming scientific conferences and courses bringing participants to campus through April 5th, and we are evaluating future events on a rolling basis.
Participants from CDC Warning Level 3 countries are being advised to cancel their participation unless they can demonstrate having departed the area at least two weeks prior to their visit to CSHL.
We anticipate making a decision about this course and communicating to all participants soon.
Travel Plans: If you have not already made travel arrangements, we would recommend holding off on that until after our decision is announced.
Travel Insurance Tip: CSHL recommends that all participants look into the possibility of extended travel insurance, for example, Cancel for Any Reason Travel Insurance (CFAR).
Why are children able to acquire highly sophisticated language abilities without needing to be taught? What are the neurobiological and neurophysiological processes that underpin human speech and language, and how do they go awry in developmental and acquired disorders? Which genetic factors contribute to this remarkable suite of human skills, and are there evolutionary precursors that we can study in other species? This unique CSHL course, in its fourth iteration, addresses these core questions about the bases and origins of speech and language, through talks, interactive sessions, keynotes and debates, involving leading experts from a range of disciplines. It integrates the state-of-the-art from complementary perspectives, including development, cognitive models, neural basis, gene identification, functional genomics, model systems and comparative/evolutionary studies.
, New York University, New York
, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
, San Diego State University, California
, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts
, German Primate Center, Göttingen, Germany
, University of Vienna, Austria
, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
, Rockefeller University, New York
, Goethe University, Frankfurt , Germany
, University College London, London, UK
, MPI for Ornithology, Seewiesen, Germany
, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands
The course will be held at the Laboratory's Banbury Conference Center located on the north shore of Long Island. All participants stay within walking distance of the Center, close to tennis court, pool and private beach.
Support & Stipends
This course is supported with funds generously provided by: Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation
Stipends are available to offset tuition costs as follows:
Interdisciplinary Fellowships (transitioning from outside biology) & Scholarships (transitioning from other biological disciplines) (Helmsley Charitable Trust)
International applicants (Howard Hughes Medical Institute)
Please indicate your eligibility for funding in your stipend request submitted when you apply to the course. Stipend requests do not affect selection decisions made by the instructors.
Cost (including board and lodging): $2,850
No fees are due until you have completed the full application process and are accepted into the course. Students accepted into the course should plan to arrive by early evening on July 26 and plan to depart after lunch on August 2.
Before applying, ensure you have 1) Personal statement/essay; 2) Letter(s) of recommendation; 3) Curriculum vitae/resume (optional); 4) Financial aid request (optional). More details
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