UA Educational Neuroscience Initiative
Welcome to our website! Explore our unique doctorate program, which leads to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Psychology, with a Concentration in Educational Neuroscience. We are also proud to offer the first ever undergraduate major in Educational Neuroscience, leading to a Bachelor of Science. You'll find information on our research labs, our students, our faculty, and more.
“Education is about enhancing learning, and neuroscience is about understanding the mental processes involved in learning. This common ground suggests a future in which educational practice can be transformed by science...”
Accepting PhD Applicants
The University of Alabama invites applications to the Educational Neuroscience Concentration under the Educational Psychology Program. Funding is available to qualified students. Click this box for more info!
Accepting PhD Students
Position: Ph.D. Studentship in the Educational Psychology Program at the University of Alabama College of Education
The University of Alabama invites applications for the concentration in Educational Neuroscience accompanying the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. Funding is available to qualified students. Our program is looking for students who are interested in studying cognitive, affective, and neural mechanisms of learning and exploring educational implications in one or more domains relevant to education. Students from diverse backgrounds (e.g., education, cognitive science, neuroscience, learning sciences, STEM fields, psychology, computer science) are encouraged to apply.
Program Faculty & Research AreasAt this time, all faculty are open to accepting qualified Ph.D. students. See our faculty page for information about each faculty member and their research interests.
LocationThe University of Alabama is located in Tuscaloosa, a city of approximately 100,000 residents in west central Alabama. Aside from hosting the winningest football team in the Southeastern Conference (Roll Tide!), Tuscaloosa offers a low cost of living and Southern hospitality and charm complemented by a vibrant downtown with a variety of restaurants and family-owned shops, a farmer’s market, an outdoor amphitheater, and a folk art center and festival. Proximity to several state parks, the Appalachian Mountains, and the Gulf Shore provide numerous opportunities for recreational activities including hiking, mountain biking, trail running, spelunking, fishing, and camping. Nearby cities include Birmingham (< 1 hr.), Atlanta (3 hrs.), Chattanooga (3 hrs.), Nashville (3.5 hrs.), Memphis (4 hrs.), and New Orleans (4 hrs.).
Please apply online by clicking this Link. A complete application form, curriculum vita, unofficial transcript of all coursework, GRE scores, TOEFL scores (international applicants), and three reference letters are required to complete the online application process. You should select “Educational Psychology” as your intended major, and indicate Educational Neuroscience as your track/concentration. Review of applications will begin on December 15 and will continue until April 15. Applicants seeking a graduate assistantship or a fellowship are highly encouraged to apply by December 15. Please contact Dr. Firat Soylu, program coordinator, if you have any questions.