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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 2013 CMU Announces
"Exploring the mystery & potential of human learning"

Jan 13 (Monday) PIER edbag-Deb Kelemen
Jan 13 (Monday) May be of PIER interest-Psych colloq Deb Kelemen - Boston U
Jan 21 PIER Edbag-Robert Siegler, Sharon Carver, Ken Koedinger
Jan 23 PIER professional development and networking lunch
Feb 3 (Monday) PIER guest speaker Doug Fisher - Vanderbilt University
Feb 4 PIER guest edbag Doug Fisher
Feb 18 PIER Edbag-Rony Patel and Eliane Stampfer
Feb 19 PIER SC mtg
Mar 4 PIER Edbag-Layla Unger
Mar 6 PIER professional development and networking lunch
Mar 18 PIER Edbag-Eliane Stampfer and Karrie Godwin
Mar 24 (Monday) PIER Guest Speaker-Nicole McNeil - U. of Notre Dame
Mar 25 PIER guest edbag-Nicole McNeil
Ap 1 PIER Edbag-Guest Speaker, Junlei Li
Ap 10 PIER professional development and networking lunch
Ap 15 PIER Edbag-Karrie Godwin/Derek Lomas

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