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PIER is an interdisciplinary pre-doctoral training program at Carnegie Mellon University aimed at preparing a new generation of researchers who will be:

(a) grounded in cutting-edge theories and methodologies in cognitive and developmental psychology, statistics, human-computer interaction and instructional technology.

(b) familiar with many of the fundamental problems facing education in America.

(c) committed to applying their skills and knowledge to solving those problems.

PIER is a certificate program for students already admitted to Ph.D. programs at Carnegie Mellon and provides up to 5 years of pre-doctoral support (in the form of stipend and tuition) to students who enter through the graduate admissions process in any of several participating departments at CMU, including Psychology, Statistics, Philosophy, Human Computer Interaction, Machine Learning, Computer Science, and Economics as well as disciplinary departments such as Physics, Chemistry, and Mechanical Engineering, among others. (Although financial support is limited to U.S. Citizens or permanent residents, other qualified students may participate in PIER if they have other sources of support, such as various departmental fellowships and assistantships.)

More information is available in the program description (PDF) and you may view the PIER Poster here.

PIER Events at a Glance
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*unless otherwise noted, all edbags are on Tuesdays at noon in 336B Baker Hall*

FALL 2014
Sept 2 PIER Edbag-Caitlin Tenison
Sept 8 (Monday, noon)-May be of PIER interest-Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Temple
Sept 8 (Monday, 4:30p)-May be of PIER interest-Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Temple
Sept 16 PIER Edbag-Derek Lomas
Sept 30 PIER Edbag-Erik Harpstead
Oct 1 (Wednesday)PIER Thesis Proposal-Yanjin Long
Oct 7 PIER Edbag-Paulo Carvalho(non PIER student, guest speaker)
Oct 14 PIER Edbag-Caitlin Tenison and Chris MacLellan (IIP)
Pct 28 PIER Edbag- Jenn Cross
Nov 11 PIER Edbag-Iris Howley
Nov 25 PIER Edbag-Jennifer Olsen

Other PIER related Events

The Inaugural Meeting and Symposium of the Global Learning Council Held September 4-5, 2014 | Pittsburgh, PA Hosted by Carnegie Mellon University, in Partnership with the University of Pittsburgh

Information about the SIMON INITIATIVE "Exploring the mystery & potential of human learning" can be found here

This initiative is supported by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in the U.S. Department of Education. PIER is one of several Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Training Programs supported by IES.

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PIER Program Coordinator:
Audrey Russo
(412) 268-4701 voice
(412) 268-2798 fax