Roopali Bhatnagar is a former student of our Cognitive Science master’s program and is currently pursuing her education at Aarhus Business School, Denmark with the Department of Management.
Q. In your experience, who would you say is the best person to ask for a university reference?
- I had requested my supervisor and another professor whose lectures I attended to write my university reference. In my opinion, the best references are given by those who know your work the best. However, in Aarhus University a written reference wasn’t needed. The university admissions team spoke to my supervisor directly and took feedback.
Q. Did you have any publications while applying for a Ph.D.?
- Yes, I had a publication which was under review at that time, I had mentioned about it in my CV. I feel publications in good journals makes a big impact.
Q. What were the admission requirements?
- I had to write a project proposal. However, some universities also require TOEFL or GRE.
Q. Do you have any suggestion for our junior students for their Ph.D. applications?
- Start contacting professors you want to work with from your first year, within the country or abroad. Be specific with your area of interest, attach your CV and try grabbing any opportunity if they offer.
- Keep your options open and apply to many different programs.
Q. What do you think helped you get accepted into a Ph.D. program of your choice?
- The strong positive feedback given by my supervisor at HSE
- Publication in Nature - Scientific Reports
- My corporate background, a prior study in economics which suited a Business school
- I got the chance to meet the head of the Department and the head of the admission committee during my research visit, and they were happy to hear my research ideas.
The interview with Roman Vahrushev - a graduate of the program, now a PhD student at
University of Göttingen, European neuroscience Institute. Graduate school of neurosciences, Biophysics and Molecular Biosciences. Group: "Systems Neuroscience”. Göttingen, Germany.
University science center Mind/Brain Sciences in Trento is probably the most up-to-date an dynamic research center in Italy.
- How did the program “Cognitive sciences and technologies: from neuron to cognition” help you to enter PhD program at University of Trento? What was your research about, what was your thesis topic?
I enrolled in PhD program Cognitive and Brain Sciences at University of Trento. The program “Cognitive sciences and technologies: from neuron to cognition” at HSE gave me strong theoretical base in cognitive science. My background is applied physics and mathematics; I got my bachelor’s degree at Moscow State University. I also got a great research experience at HSE which is even more important than theory. I conducted two studies under Joe MacInnes’s supervising. One research was about saccadic suppression and the other about visual search modelling. The latter is my thesis topic.
Our “Cognitive sciences and technologies: from neuron to cognition” program graduate Lisa Okorokova enrolled in PhD program “Computational Neuroscience” at University of Chicago.
- Lisa, in your opinion, how do you think “Cognitive sciences and technologies: from neuron to cognition” program affected your success?
Certainly I owe my success to “Cognitive sciences and technologies: from neuron to cognition” program which was my second home. In HSE I met the right people who created the right environment for comfort learning and growth. Being a student I understood that a lot depends on me.
At master course program I got the chance to study efficiently and meaningfully and to investigate the topic which I really enjoy.
I also would like to thank all the professors and staff of the Centre for Cognition & Decision Making who have done the impossible within two years and created a truly perfect environment for studying neuroscience at Higher School of Economics.
Our “Cognitive sciences and technologies: from neuron to cognition” program graduateJon Rawski enrolled in PhD programat the Department of Linguistics Stony Brook University, New York USA.
At Master’s programme 'Cognitive Sciences and Technologies: From Neuron to Cognition'