The Center for Science and Society at Columbia University is the interdisciplinary home of the Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience (PSSN) program.
A Columbia University Presidential Initiative, PSSN creates a new paradigm for interdisciplinary university-sponsored research to advance understanding of mind, brain, and behavior, and the social foundations and consequences of new neuroscientific findings. The program has three major goals:
- To seek out, fund, and cultivate cross-disciplinary research that has the potential to transform neuroscientific knowledge through contributions to the social, political, legal, ethical, humanistic, or creative understanding of such research, which are unlikely to be supported through more traditional, compartmentalized scientific programs
- To recruit and support talented early-career researchers with interdisciplinary interests and a critical understanding of neuroscience
- To foster a new culture of collaborative inquiry between the human, social, and natural sciences that transcends divisions between schools, institutes, and campuses across Columbia University
Each year, PSSN provides independent support for three postdoctoral scholars for cross-disciplinary research projects. Each scholar is guided by two mentors, one from neuroscience, psychology or the biological sciences, and the other from the arts, humanities or social sciences. PSSN also awards collaborative faculty Seed Grants for interdisciplinary projects in Society and Neuroscience and holds events for the academic community and general public on issues surrounding Society and Neuroscience.
Please visit the Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience website for more information about these programs and opportunities.