Convocation News 2015-2016

This year we had 4 Master Graduates and 2 Doctoral Graduates.

In the Master Category, graduating with an M.Cog.Sc. Degree were Drew Blackmore, Luke Kersten, Marly Mageau and Daniel DiGiovanni.  Luke Kersten was awarded a Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement.

In the Doctoral Category, graduating with a Ph.D. Degree were Dr. Deidre Kelly and Dr. Kam Kwok.

The Convocation Ceremony took place on June 10, 2016.

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Convocation News 2014-2015

We have two “good news” stories to brag about our Cognitive Science Graduates.

The Institute of Cognitive Science congratulates Matthew Martin, B.Cog.Sc. who will receive the University Medal in Cognitive Science at Friday morning’s convocation (June 12).  Matthew completed a thesis entitled “Battling Aliens for Science: New Methods for Creating and Evaluating Models of Expert Cognition in Chaotic Simulated Environments” which was supervised by Dr. Robert West.

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Matthew’s comments about the Cognitive Science program:

The Cognitive Science program has given me an appreciation for the immense complexity of the human mind. Multiple fields in the discipline converge towards the conclusion that we don’t really understand how the brain does its magic.

Fortunately, the Cognitive Science program has given me the skills to study the mind scientifically. The co-op program associated with the degree was also very beneficial in solidifying my research interests and potential future career goals. I hope to make my Carleton professors proud when I begin my research into visual perception next year at Concordia University.

Kathleen Van Benthem was awarded a Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement (Doctoral Level).

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Kathy’s comments about the Cognitive Science program:

The Cognitive Science Doctoral program at Carleton University has been an exemplary and supportive environment for pursuing my Ph.D.  The domains of study in cognitive science are diverse and several were new to me when I started the program six years ago.

The opportunity to study in various labs, with experts in their field, and be exposed to several new methodologies allowed me to investigate my own research topics with a depth I greatly appreciated. 

My goal was to explore new methods for identifying older pilots who might be at risk during flight.  The resources available at the ACE Lab and the support of my supervisor, Dr. Chris Herdman, and lab mates allowed me to meet my goals and extend our current understanding of how cognitive health assessment can support pilots to fly for as long as safely possible.