Increased Funding Will Support Eight Students Each Year Until 2022

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has renewed B-squared, a predoctoral training program in behavioral and brain research. Offered through the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC)—joint through Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, B-squared trains students to incorporate neuroscience and behavioral research to advance the understanding and treatment of many health issues.

“B-squared is unique because it aims to provide graduate students the opportunity to do research at the interface of behavioral and brain sciences. They receive foundational training in neuroscience and behavioral research methods and perspectives through both coursework and laboratory-based research. We really emphasize creating opportunities for students to do cross-cutting research,” said Lori Holt, professor of psychology at CMU who co-directs B-squared with Pitt’s Julie Fiez.

The grant renewal, B-squared’s second since its inception in 2007, provides increased funding totaling more than $1.6 million to support eight students each year until 2022. To date, 39 CMU and Pitt Ph.D. students have received funding through the program. Read more…