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> Admissions to the graduate program
If you are interested in joining our laboratory, you must first be admitted to one of the departments at the University of Washington. I advice students from departments and programs listed here. The admission decisions are made by the admissions committee. After you are accepted, send me an email and we can schedule a meeting (student visit days arranged for admitted students is a great opportunity for this). Depending on the departments, you are admitted, the funding mechanisms are different, so please consult the department first.
> Postdoctoral applicants
Please contact Jennifer Maione (jmaione at cs dot washington dot edu) with your coverletter, full CV, unofficial transcript, and a list of references. We are currently not actively looking for a new postdoc, but we do consider outstanding candidates as funding becomes available.
> UW undergraduates interested in joining Neurobotics Lab
We believe strongly in providing undergraduate research experience. Please send Jennifer Maione (jmaione at cs dot washington dot edu) your resume, unofficial transcript, number of hours/number of units/which quarter you are interested in doing research with us. Please also see the lab webpage carefully and indicate which project you are interested in working on. We consider outstanding and motivated appicants.
> Interested in Neurobotics Lab summer internship
We welcome students of all ages (middle school onward) to participate as a summer intern in our laboratory. The application process has unfortunately become competitive so we cannot take everyone we want to, but we still encourage you to apply. Please send Jennifer Maione (jmaione at cs dot washington dot edu) with your resume (or something that shows your interests/expertise if you don't have one), your unofficial trascript if you are in school, number of hours and duration/dates you are interested in working, and a list of 1-3 references. Please apply before March 31st to be considered for the summer position.
> What background is required to work in the Neurobotics Lab?
Don't worry too much about what specific backgrounds you must have to work in the Neurobotics Lab. We are highly interdisciplinary and welcome people with backgrounds in computer science, engineering, math, physics, biology, neuroscience, rehabilitation medicine, orthopaedics, etc. Strong programming, mathematical skills, or experience with computational modeling of biological systems are especially welcome.
> What to major in college to do Neurobotics in the future?
It is impossible and not necessary to get all backgrounds needed to be able to study neurobotics in order to pursue it in graduate school. We typically encourage you to learn the basic tools (note, it is not knowledge, but tools to be able to solve computational problems) that are harder to learn in graduate school. This means that you should position yourself to be able to take engineering math and physics (differential equations, linear algebra, etc) even if you end up with non-engineering major. Strong programming skills are also a big plus. But again, don't worry too much if what you enjoy the most steers you away from that.
> Interested in Neurobotics Lab tour
Contact Mark Malhotra (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the tour of the Neurobotics Lab.
> Interested in working for YokyWorks
We welcome k-12 students to great grandmas to participate in YokyWorks. Please contact YokyWorks here with detailed description of your expertise and your availability. Someone from YokyWorks will be in touch with you.
> Writing recommendation letters
I am happy to write letters for students I supervised, served on the committee, or took courses from me. Please provide me minimum 3-4 weeks in advance with (1) your unofficial transcript, (2) resume, (3) any materials you have ready for admission/job applications, (4) a complete list of schools/companies to send the letters with their deadlines, and (5) already stamped envelops and forms for places that require hardcopies.
> Requesting photos or bio for press.
For high resolution photos, contact Hannah Hickey (hickeyh at u dot washington dot edu). For any other pres requests, please contact Dan Dembiczak (ddd1 at u dot washington dot edu).
> Making appointments
Please contact Jennifer Maione (jmaione at cs dot washington dot edu).
> What is your motto?
You only live once so make sure to live its fullest. Follow your passion. Make sure to appreciate every moment of family time. Go to bed feeling it was a good day and you gave your best. There is nothing that's impossible and it is possible to do them all.