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12-15-2010, 02:36 AM

Now - with a poster session!

We invite bright, open-minded graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and young professionals to apply for admission to the Motor Control Summer School # VIII (MCSS-VIII). MCSS-VIII will be a five-day event, June 9-13, 2011. It will include an arrival day (June 9), three days of sessions (June 10-12), and a departure day (June 13). We plan to bring together 6-10 faculty and 25-35 students selected from the pool of applicants.

Acceptance criteria:
(1) Relevant experience reflected, in particular, in the number and quality of publications;
(2) As a rule, one-two students per research group will be accepted (including the groups led by the faculty);
(3) Preference will be given to productive, advanced graduate students and postdoctoral fellows;
(4) Balanced representation of different sub-areas such as neurophysiology, psychology, biomechanics, modeling, rehabilitation, etc.

The program will include interactive seminars led by the faculty. Students are encouraged to interrupt the speakers, ask for clarifications, and raise issues related to their own research. Poster sessions will run throughout the meeting including the evening hours.

There will be no tutorials; the students should know basic anatomy, muscle physiology, neurophysiology, biomechanics, basic calculus, basic operations with vectors and matrices, statistics, etc. The style of the lectures and discussions will be frank and open.

TUITION: none.

Each participant will pay his/her expenses. There will be no tuition, and the faculty will receive no compensation for their participation. MCSS has no funds (the total budget is exactly $0) to help with travel costs. All participants will get a formal certificate of attendance to help them get reimbursed through whatever means they have at their disposal.


We are back to the "Antiochian Village" in the Laurel Mountains area of Pennsylvania. The Center is about 90 min of driving from the Pittsburgh International Airport. The closest town is Ligonier, PA. The current rates range from $350 to $450 (approximately, depending on single/double/triple occupancy) for four nights including meals. Please, do not contact the Center and do not make any arrangements until you get an official acceptance letter to join the 8th MCSS.


The current, preliminary list of faculty includes:

Anatol Feldman, U. of Montreal, Canada
Ziaul Hasan, U. of Illinois, Chicago
Konrad Körding, Northwestern U., Chicago
Mark Latash, Penn State U.
Mindy Levin, McGill U., Canada
Monica Perez, U. of Pittsburgh
David Vaillancourt, U. of Illinois, Chicago

If you would like to participate in MCSS-VIII, please e-mail a letter of interest to Mark Latash (latash@psu.edu) with a single-file PDF attachment containing a statement of personal goals and a c.v. with the list of publications and presentations. If you would like to present a poster, submit a single-page abstract (PDF, font Times New Roman 12). Abstract submission is not a pre-requisite for attendance.

THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: March 1, 2011. Earlier applications will get preference for admission. Admission decisions will be made by March 20, and those accepted will be notified by e-mail.

Mark Latash,Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Kinesiology
Penn State University
University Park, PA 16802
tel: (814) 863-5374
fax: (814) 863-4424
e-mail: mll11@psu.edu