The  CTCN is a multidisciplinary, collaborative center dedicated to understanding how the brain computes. Faculty members contribute expertise from the fields of Neuroscience, Mathematics, Computer Science, Psychology, Physics, and Engineering. Research at CTNC broadly aims at developing new theoretical approaches to better understand neural computation.

The University of Texas at Austin has excellent programs in Computer science, Engineering, Pure and Applied Mathematics, and the Biological Sciences, and CTCN members enjoy collaborative interactions with members from several of these departments. Austin is the 11th-largest and fastest-growing large city in the US. Austin was ranked as the #1 city to live in the US by the US News and World Reports and Forbes in 2017. It is home to a high density of technology and Fortune-500 companies. It is the founding home of Dell Computers and Whole Foods. Austin  supports a thriving live-music culture, extensive outdoor facilities for sports and a year-round climate conducive to their pursuit.


The CTCN is not itself a Ph.D.-granting institution. Thus students interested in joining the center must first gain admission into an M.S./Ph.D.-granting program at the University of Texas at Austin, by applying directly to these programs in the departments of Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Electrical and Comptuer Engineering, Neuroscience, or Psychology. You are free to contact relevant center faculty members to notify us of your interest and let us know you are applying to one of the graduate degree programs at UT Austin.

Students already at UT Austin, with demonstrable proficiency in theoretical and computational fields and a strong interest in neuroscience, may submit application materials (a curriculum vitae and brief description of research interests) to join the Center through the CTCN website.


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