Sage Junior Research Fellowships

The SAGE Junior Fellows Program supports the intellectual development of early-career UCSB postdoctoral scholars across the University. Fellows form a group bound by a common pursuit: to understand the mind and brain through a variety of complementary disciplines. Fellows form a close community through luncheons, meetings with SAGE visiting scholars and speakers, and quarterly presentations of their scholarship. Fellows each receive a credit that can be used to: support novel or high-risk scholarly pursuits or collaborations; organize an interdisciplinary symposium/workshop on a topic of the mind/brain; develop a series of public events; or enable an undertaking of the Fellow’s choice. Fellowships are awarded on a 1-year basis, with the possibility to extend to 2 years based on achievement demonstrated in Year 1.

With generous support from Hearst Foundations

Danielle Bassett

Danielle Bassett was a SAGE Junior Fellow from 2011-13. She received an undergraduate degree in Physics from Pennsylvania State University and a PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge as an NIH-Cambridge Scholar under the combined supervision of Ed Bullmore (UoC), Thomas Duke (UoC), Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg (CIMH) and Daniel Weinberger (NIMH). Her work lies predominantly in the interdisciplinary field of complex network science. She leverages advances in graph theory and statistical mechanics to understand the organizational structure of real-world social, biological and physical systems. The majority of her work to date has been performed in close collaboration with psychologists, psychiatrists, and neuroscientists, and has focused on the characterization of large-scale functional and structural connectivity patterns in the human brain, in addition to examining the relationship between these patterns and cognitive ability, task, and disease. Dr. Bassett's awards and honors include:  Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science (2013); Alfred P. Sloan Fellow and MacArthur Fellow (2014); ONR Young Investigator, Distinguished Research Fellow of the Annenberg School for Public Policy, IEEE EMBS Academic Early Career Achievement Award (2015); and an NSF CAREER award (2016). Dr. Bassett is currently the Eduardo D. Glandt Faculty Fellow, Associate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania.

Adrian Jaeggi

Adrian Jaeggi was a SAGE Junior Fellow from 2011-13. He is an evolutionary biologist with a keen interest in the evolution of human behavior and cognition. He has studied different aspects of culture and cooperation in several nonhuman primate species and is currently extending his research to humans. His main focus is on the behavioral ecology and evolutionary psychology of cooperation in a population of Amazonian forager-horticulturalists, the Tsimane. More specifically he is investigating the origins of social inequality and its influence on cooperation patterns, how people make decisions about cooperative acts with different social partners and whether these decisions are consistent with evolutionary theory and actually observed behavior. Dr. Jaeggi was featured on an episode of NPR's "All Things Considered" on March 1, 2013. He is currently an assistant professor at Emory University and his future research will focus on cooperation and its proximate mechanisms in humans and other primates

Fabián Soto

Fabián Soto was a SAGE Junior Fellow from 2011-13. He received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Chile in 2005 and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Iowa in 2011. His main line of research focuses on uncovering the mechanisms of learning and generalization at work in object categorization and causal learning. His approach involves developing computational models of these processes, and testing them through behavioral and neuroimaging studies. His research to date has used both human and non-human animals as subjects, allowing him to answer questions about both the mechanisms and evolution of cognition. In 2015, Dr. Soto was named a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science and in 2016, he received the Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology from the American Psychological Association. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Cognitive Neuroscience Program at Florida International University.


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