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Program Alumni

College of Law

Gia Barboza, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Cal State - Long Beach.


Bradley John Alicea, Ph.D.
Allison Eden, Ph.D. 2011. Assitant Professor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Daniel Fogerty, M.A. 2004 (Ph.D. from Indiana University), Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina.
Matthew Grizzard, Ph.D. 2013. Assistant Professor, University of Buffalo.
Lindsay Hahn, Ph.D. 2018.
Robert Lewis, Ph.D. 2012, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin.
Diane Ogiela, Ph.D. 2009. Post-doctoral fellow, University of Texas at Dallas.

Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Elizabeth Wieland, Ph.D. 2018

Computer Science and Engineering

Dirk Colbry, Ph.D. 2006. Research Specialist, Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (iCER), Michigan State University.
Matt Luciw, Ph.D. 2010. Researcher, Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence.
Mayur Mudigonda, M.S. 2010. Research Scientist, UC Berkeley.
Zahar Prasov, Ph.D. 2010. U.S. Army Research Laboratory.
Sari Sadiya, M.A. 2017
Mojtaba Solgi, Ph.D. 2013.
Kwok Hung Tang, Ph.D. 2005. Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida. Zejia Zheng, Ph.D. 2018.


Yi-Ling Cheng, Ph.D. 2016


Amanda Lorenz-Reaves, Ph.D. 2017

Geological Sciences

Nicole LaDue, Ph.D. 2013. Assitant Professor, Northern Illinois University.


Anthony Delli Paoli, Ph.D. 2017
Andrew Parks, Ph.D. 2017
Virginia Heibel-Witte, Ph.D. 2016

Linguistics and Languages

Carrie Lynn Campbell, M.A. Yale Law Student.
Kiel Christianson, Ph.D. 2002. Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
Hannah Forsythe, Ph.D. 2018.
Jessica Gamache, Ph.D. 2014.
John F. Halliwell, Ph.D. 2004. Assistant Professor, Saint Michael's College.
Matthew Husband, Ph.D. 2010. Lecturer, University of Oxford.
Karen Miller, Ph.D. 2007. Assistant Professor, Pennsylvania State University.
Alicia Parrish, M.A. 2017
Ming Xiang, Ph.D. 2005. Assistant Professor, University of Chicago.

Media and Information Studies

Carie Cunningham, Ph.D. 2016


Julie Aultman, Ph.D. Assitant Professor, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine.


Elizabeth (Helder) Babcock, Ph.D. 2008. Assistant Professor, Augustana College.
Karl Bailey, Ph.D. 2004. Associate Professor, Andrews University.
Monica Castelhano, Ph.D. 2005. Assistant Professor, University of Queens.
Doug Davidson, Ph.D. 2006.
Paul Engelhardt, Ph.D. 2008. Lecturer, University of East Anglia.
Richard Falk, M.A.
Daniel Gajewski, Ph.D. Post-doctoral fellow, George Washington University.
Andrew Hollingworth, Ph.D. 2000. Associate Professor, University of Iowa.
Youyang Hou, M.S. 2012. Ph.D. student, Univerity of Michigan.
Katherine Jones, M.A. 2015
Elena Patsenko, Ph.D. 2010. Post-doctoral research fellow, University of Geneva.
Nikole Patson, M.A.
Aaron Pearson, M.A.
Benjamin Swets, Ph.D. 2007. Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State University.
David Thomas, M.A.
Christine Velarde, M.A.
Thomas Wagner, M.A.
Mareike Wieth, Ph.D. 2005. Assistant Professor, Albion College.

Second Language Studies

Jens Schmidke, Ph.D 2015

Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media

Eui Jun Jeong, Ph.D. 2011.


Frank Bartlett, Ph.D. Post-doctoral fellow, Michigan State University.
John Townsend-Mehler, Ph.D. 2009.
Kathryn Wharton, Ph.D.

If you, or one of your students, completed the program but are not listed here, please send your information to info at cogsci dot msu dot edu.

MSU CogSci in the News and Announcements

Prof. Arun Ross was one of four panelists in a BBC Newshour Extra program titled Facing the Future, moderated by journalist Owen Bennet Jones. The panel discussed advancements made from automated face recognition and also personal privacy and biometrics. [link]

Prof. William Hartmann was awarded the 2017 Acoustical Society of America (ASA) Gold Medal for his contributions to the field of acoustics. His research has dealt with the perceptual analysis of sounds from varying sources, processing pitch, how humans localize sounds in space, and more. [link]

Profs. Devin McAuley and Natalie Phillips received an NSF Grant, The Role of Narrative in Music Perception, to study the factors which shape narrative listening to music and the relationship between narrative listening and other aspects of musical perception. [link]

Prof. Arun Ross and his colleague from NYU have had their research on the security of mobile fingerprint scanning featured in The New York Times, MSU Today, Popular Science, Homeland Security News Wire, and Science 360 News.

Professors Arun Ross, Xiaoming Liu, and Anil Jain received a 4-year grant from IARPA to conduct research on Presentation Attack Detection for fingerprint, face and iris biometric systems. [link]

CSE student Thomas Swearingen and his adviser Prof. Arun Ross won the runner up award for best paper at ISBA 2017. [link]

Research on laptop use and classroom learning by Prof. Susan Ravizza, Mitchell Uitvlugt, and Prof. Kim Fenn was featured in US News, BYU Radio, The Conversation, and numerous higher education journals [1, 2, 3, 4].

Prof. Cristina Schmitt received an NSF Grant, Effects of Variation and Variability in the Acquisition of Two Dialects of Spanish, to study first language acquisition of Spanish in the context of variability caused by contact between two very different varieties of Spanish: Paraguayan Spanish, which is heavily influenced by Guaraní (an indigenous language), and Rioplatense Spanish (spoken in Buenos Aires). [link]

Prof. Aline Godfroid received a Language Learning Early Career Research Grant for her validation project on "Measuring implicit and explicit L2 knowledge: Synthesizing 12 years of research."

Prof. Mark Becker has published five papers so far this year in Perception,Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance,Packaging Technology and Science,Visual Cognition, and Applied Ergonomics.

Sunpreet Arora and Anil Jain were part of a team that won Best Paper at BioSig 2016 for their paper titled "3D Whole Hand Targets: Evaluating Slap and Contactless Fingerprint Readers".

Dr. Anil Jain was part of a team that won Best Poster at BioSig 2016 for a poster titled "Advances in Capturing Child Fingerprints: A High Resolution CMOS Image Sensor with SLDR Method".

Dr. Anil Jain and Dr. Arun Ross were awarded a three-year NSF grant under the Secure & Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program for their proposal entitled "Imparting Privacy to Biometric Data in Cyberspace".

Dr. Arun Ross (with Dr. Nasir Memon, NYU) was awarded a three-year NSF grant for their project entitled "The Master Print: Investigating and Addressing Vulnerabilities in Fingerprint-based Authentication Systems".

Science writer Carl Sherman's story on stuttering for the Dana Foundation website, titled Seeking Clues to Stuttering Deep Within the Brain, featured research by Prof. Devin McAuley.

Summer 2016
Dr. Mark Becker was invited by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the National Institute of Standards and Technology to present his work investigating individual differences in cognition and personality that predict rare target detection at their Workshop on Developing Personnel Selection Tools for Forensic Scientists.

Summer 2016
Prof. Mark Reimers and colleague Bruce McNaughton received an NSF grant to study the dynamics of hippocampal-cortical communication during memory formation and recall.

Summer 2016
Prof. Susan Ravizza became a senior editor for the journal Brain Research.

Summer 2016
Prof. Mark Reimers received a Templeton Foundation grant to study the molecular coherence of genetic variants related to behavioral traits, including IQ.

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