Midwest Undergraduate

Cognitive Science Conference

April 15th, 2017


MUCSC is a one-day research conference on April 15th for undergraduates doing work related to cognitive science. We welcome students from all majors whose work relates to cognition, philosophy of mind, psychology, linguistics, artificial intelligence, or cognitive neuroscience.

Our conference is free and open to the public.


This year, MUCSC will take place in Cedar Hall, located on 445 N. Union Street 47408 - Bloomington, IN.

Parking information and the location on the campus map can be found here.


Our conference is free and open to the public, but we ask that all attendees register so that we may provide enough food and seating. Please use the form below to register.

Presenters (oral and poster) do not need to register for the conference separately.

Registration form


We are currently accepting abstracts for the 2017 conference. Please limit abstracts to no more than 300 words and use the form below to submit them. A good abstract accomplishes the following:

  • provides background to contextualize the research question (why is this question interesting?)
  • articulates the research question clearly
  • alludes to the methods used
  • states the current state of the project (e.g., preliminary or conclusive findings, whether research is on-going)

Submit Abstracts Here

Keynote Speakers

This year we are delighted to have two incredible keynote speakers in addition to our undergraduate presenters.

Shahzeen Attari

Talk title: "Perceptions of Resource Use and Motivation for Action"

Shahzeen Attari works on environmental decision making at the individual level by characterizing biases that shape our judgments and decisions. In particular, her work investigates perceptions, motivations, and biases of how people understand complex systems and use natural resources. Shahzeen’s research focuses on human behavior and resource use. She is an Assistant Professor at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University Bloomington. She received a PhD in Engineering and Public Policy and Civil and Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and then studied psychology as a postdoctoral fellow at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. She also goes by Shaz.

Tarun Gangwani

Talk title: "I am a Strange Loop"

Tarun Gangwani is an award-winning product and design professional whose work has been used by millions of people around the world. With his background in cognitive science and design, Tarun has delivered user-centered solutions to startups and enterprise companies within a wide variety of industries that leverage cloud technologies to deliver innovation to their clients. Tarun’s perspectives and work have been featured in major news publications, including the New York Times,, Tech.Co and Forbes.


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