Student Awards and Diversity Scholarship

Diversity Scholarship–CLOSED 


The BCI Society aims to support conference participation from a diverse group of members and attendees.  Therefore, we welcome applications for complementary vBCI registration from:

  • Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been underrepresented in the health sciences and engineering.  Based on NIH Guidelines this includes Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders, or another group that can be demonstrated to be underrepresented in biomedical research.  (Please provide documentation if not included in the list above.)
  • Individuals with disabilities, which are defined as physical or mental impairments that substantially limit one or more major life activities

Awards may be limited and are subject to availability of funds.

Application deadlines

Diversity Scholarship application is closed.
Recipients of the Diversity Scholarship were notified on April 8, 2021  

2020 Diversity Scholarship Recipients (vBCI)

The scholarship was sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

Ernst Fanfan, Kennesaw State University
Shirley Ferreira , Federal University of Pará
Florencia Garro, Italian Institute of Technology
Grace Jeanpierre, University of Texas at Austin
Ahmed Jorge, University of Pittsburgh
Bemnet Ketema, Mrsystech engineering
JiaQie Lee, University of California-Berkeley
Fredi Mino, University of North Carolina Asheville
Rashmi CR, CIT

Student Travel Awards–CLOSED

During the abstract submission process, we invite students to apply for Travel Awards. These awards will be reviewed by the Young Talent Committee and will be allocated based on the scientific merit of the abstract submitted.

The number of Travel Awards awarded, and amounts granted might vary according to the level of funding.

To be considered, applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program or be engaged in postdoctoral studies. Preference will be given to applicants who have not received a scholarship to attend the BCI Meeting in previous years.

How to Apply

Applicants must be members in good standing and submit an abstract through the normal abstract submission process.

Applicants must indicate that they are applying to a Student Award in the abstract submission form and submit a proof of studentship.  Please ensure to name the PDF document as follows “TravelAward.FirstName.LastName” (e.g “TravelAward.Bob.Sacamano”)


    Application deadlines

    Travel Awards applications:  CLOSED
    Students who received a Travel Award were notified on February 9, 2021

    2021 Student Award Recipients (vBCI)

    The award was sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Wellcome Trust.

    Maryam Alimardani, Tilburg University
    Fatih Altindis, Abdullah Gul University
    Camille Benaroch, INRIA Université de Bordeaux
    James Bennett, The University of Melbourne
    Luigi Bianchi, Tor Vergata
    Mariana Branco, UMC Utrecht
    Sebastian Castaño-Candamil, University of Freiburg
    Stephanie Cernera, University of Florida
    Yin-Jui Chang, University of Texas at Austin
    Kuan-Jung Chiang, UCSD
    Marie-Constance Corsi, ICM
    Debadatta Dash, The University of Texas at Austin
    Brian Dekleva, University of Pittsburgh
    Jacobo Fernandez-Vargas, University of Essex
    Zachary Freudenburg, UMC Utrecht
    Jesus Garcia Salinas, INAOE
    Francisco Guerreiro Fernandes, UMC Utrecht
    Yiyuan Han, University of Essex
    Nils Harmening, Technical University Berlin
    Tonatiuh Hernández-del-Toro, Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica
    Fumiaki Iwane, The University of Texas at Austin
    Zeanna Jadavji, University of Calgary
    Tushar Kendre, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
    Eli Kinney-Lang, University of Calgary/Alberta Children’s Hospital
    Wambugu Kironji, Duke University
    Franziska Klein, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
    Wonjun Ko, Korea University
    Moonyoung Kwon, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology
    Sacha Leinders, UMC Utrecht
    Ravikiran Mane, Nanyang Technological University
    Ciaran McGeady, University of Glasgow
    Anja Meunier, University of Vienna
    Alexandre Moly, CEA / Leti
    Mahta Mousavi, UC San Diego
    Kevin Nathan, University of Houston
    Michael O’Leary, University of Pittsburgh
    Rupert Ortner
    Victoria Peterson, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas
    Léa Pillette, INRIA Université de Bordeaux
    Akshay Ravindran, University of Houston
    Tharun Reddy, IIT Kanpur
    Neethu Robinson, Nanyang Technological University
    Vera Röhr, Technische Universität Berlin
    Sujit Roy, Ulster University
    Jeremy Saal, Maastricht University
    Marcia Saul, Bournemouth University
    Andreea Ioana Sburlea, Graz University of Technology
    Anouck Schippers, UMC Utrecht
    Jan Sosulski, University Freiburg
    Busra Susam, University of Pittsburgh
    Jordy Thielen, Donders Institute
    Davide Valeriani, Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School
    Lisa-Marie Vortmann, University of Bremen
    Sarah Wandelt, California Institute of Technology
    Guy Wilson, Stanford University
    Chelsea Woodworth, University of Pittsburgh
    Maria Sayu Yamamoto, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
    Lin Yao, Cornell University
    Yuhui Zhao, Georgia Institute of Technology
    Philipp Ziebell, University of Wuerzburg

    2018 Student Award Recipients

    The award was sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation with support from IEEE and OpenBCI.

    Miguel Angrick, University of Bremen
    Yuri Antonacci, Sapienza University of Rome
    Ruslan Aydarkhanov, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
    Julia Berezutskaya, Brain Center Rudolf Magnus, UMC Utrecht
    Gregory Canal, Georgia Institute of Technology
    Maria Cervera de la Rosa, MindMaze
    Kuan-Jung, Chiang, SCCN / UCSD
    Sam Colachis, The Ohio State University
    Emma Colamarino, Sapienza University of Rome
    Tiffany Corbet, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
    Katie Dhuyvetter, Kansas State University
    Karen Dijkstra, Radboud University, Donders Institute for Brain
    Nir Even-Chen, Stanford University
    Fatemeh Fahimi, Nanyang Technological University
    Robert Flint, Northwestern University
    Mélodie Fouillen, Lyon Neuroscience Research Center
    Bruna Girvent, Northeastern University
    Paula Gonzalez Navarro, Northeastern University
    Bijay Guragain, University of North Dakota
    Yu Hao, Cornell University
    Luis Guillermo Hernandez Rojas, Tecnológico de Monterrey
    Angelica Herrera, University of Pittsburgh
    Sheng-Hsiou Hsu, UC San Diego
    David Hübner, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg
    Christopher Hughes, University of Pittsburgh
    Sarah Ismail Hosni, University of Rhode Island
    Zeanna Jadavji, University of Calgary
    Roohollah Jafari Deligani, University of Rhode Island
    Eli Kinney-Lang, University of Edinburgh
    Reinmar Kobler, Graz University of Technology
    Koji Koizumi, The University of Tokyo
    Laurens Krol, Technische Universität Berlin
    Srdjan Lesaja, Old Dominion University
    Hadar Levi Aharoni, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Jinling Lian, Beijing Institute of Technology
    Jeffrey Lim, University of California, Irvine
    Ravikiran Mane, Nanyang Technological University
    Jianjun Meng, University of Minnesota
    Jelena Mladenovic, Potioc Inria
    Mahta Mousavi, UC San Diego
    Md Rakibul Mowla, Kansas State University
    Sebastian Nagel, University of Tuebingen
    Brett Paffrath, Alberta Children’s Hospital
    Elmar G. Pels, Brain Center Rudolf Magnus, UMC Utrecht
    Yufan Peng, University of Macau
    Joana Pereira, TUGraz
    Nina Petric-Gray, University of Glasgow
    Léa Pillette, Inria LaBRI
    Luca Pion-Tonachini, University of California San Diego
    Sriram Ravindran, University of California San Diego
    Sébastien Rimbert, Inria
    Dylan Royston, University of Pittsburgh
    Efraim Salari, University Medical Center Utrecht
    Soshi Samejima, University of Washington
    Eliana Santos, Federal University of ABC
    Jan Sosulski, University Freiburg
    Sarah Thomas, University of Kentucky
    Eric Trautmann, Stanford University
    Federica Turi, Inria Sophia Antipolis Mediterranée
    Mukta Vaidya, Northwestern University
    Ceci Verbaarschot, Radboud University
    Ko Wonjun, Korea University
    Xiaoqian Yu, University of South Florida
    Xixie Zhang, Technical University of Berlin

    2016 Student Award Recipients

    The award was sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation

    Jitka Annen, University of Liège  
    Nivedita Arora, Georgia Institute of Technology 
    Bryan Baxter, University of Minnesota  
    Chadwick Boulay, The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute & University of Ottawa 
    Sebastián Castaño Candamil, University of Freiburg 
    Hohyun Cho, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology 
    Jillian Clements, Duke University 
    Tiffany Corbet, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) 
    Álvaro Costa García, Miguel Hernández University of Elche  
    Anibal Cotrina Atencio, Federal University of Espirito Santo 
    Sharlene Flesher, University of Pittsburgh 
    Elliott Forney, Colorado State University  
    Bruna Girvent, Northeastern University 
    Sinan Gok, New Jersey Institute of Technology 
    Paula Gonzalez-Navarro, Northeastern University 
    Marzieh Haghighi, Northeastern University 
    Christian Herff, University of Bremen  
    Zahra Khaliliardali, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)  
    Eli Kinney-Lang, University of Edinburgh 
    Takumi Kodama, University of Tsukuba  
    Louis Korczowski, University Grenoble-Alpes 
    Avinash Kumar Singh, National Chiao Tung University  
    Ilya Kuzovkin, University of Tartu 
    Hadar Levi Aharoni, Hebrew University of Jerusalem 
    Chiara Liti, University of Rome Tor Vergata 
    Adrien Martel, Trinity College Dublin 
    Stephanie Martin, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) 
    Bojana Mirkovic, University of Oldenburg 
    Mahta Mousavi, University of California, San Diego 
    Hooman Nezamfar, Northeastern University 
    Sumner Norman, University of California, Irvine  
    Patrick Ofner, Graz University of Technology 
    Mariana Pedroso Branco, University Medical Center Utrecht 
    Joana Pereira, Graz University of Technology 
    Md Rakibul Mowla, Kansas State University 
    Dylan Royston, University of Pittsburgh 
    Efraim Salari, Utrecht University 
    Ignatius Sapto Condro Atmawan, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg 
    Anouck Schippers, Leiden University 
    Andreas Schwarz, Graz University of Technology 
    Margaret Thompson, University of Washington 
    Alejandro Antonio Torres-Garda, Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica Optica y Electrónica  
    Si Long Tou, University of Michigan 
    Max van den Boom, Medical Center Utrecht 
    Thibault Verhoeven, Ghent University 
    Maitreyee Wairagkar, University of Reading 
    Mark Wronkiewicz, University of Washington 
    Xiao Xiaolin, Tianjin University 
    Hagar Yamin, Tel-Aviv university and Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center 
    Catharina Zich, University of Oldenburg 
    Raney Folland, University of Washington 
    Ivan Walker, Georgia Institute of Technology 

    2013 Student Award Recipients

    The award was sponsored by the National Institutes of Health

    Ramses Alcaide
    Marc Bruurmijn
    Robrt Flint
    Disha Gupta
    Tobias Kaufmann
    Christine King
    Jie Lu
    Boyla Mainsah
    Charlie Matlack
    Aisha Moinuddin
    Joseph O’Doherty
    Umut Orhan
    Amy Orsborn
    Lucia Rita Quitadamo
    Patrick Sadtler
    Hasimrat Singh
    William Speier
    Samantha Sprague
    David Thompson
    Marija Uscumlic
    Ran Xiao
    Atieh Bamdadian
    Floriana Pichiorri

    2010 Student Award Recipients

    Karolyn Babalola, Georgia University of Technology  
    Daniel Berry, East Tennessee State University  
    Guangyu Bin, Tsinghua University  
    Zachery Cashero, Colorado State University 
    Stephen Foldes, Case Western Reserve University  
    Elisabeth Friedrich, University of Graz  
    Andrew Geronimo, Pennsylvania State University  
    Dora Hermes, UMC Utrecht  
    Dandan Huang, Virginia Commonwealth University  
    Han-Jeong Hwang, Yonsei University 
    Cecilia Maeder, Berlin Institute of Technology 
    Christhain Potes, University of Texas 
    Manuel Gómez Rodriguez, Max Planck Institute 
    Linsey Roijendijk, Donders Institute for Brain Cognition and Behavior  
    Jessica Shanahan, Algoma University Brain-Computer Interface Lab  
    Michele Tavella, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne  
    Andrew Whitford, University of Pittsburgh  
    Matthias Witte, University of Tübingen  
    Jonas Zimmermann, Newcastle University  

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