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Laura Schulz

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Name  Laura Schulz

Role  Professor
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Laura E. Schulz is an associate professor of cognitive science in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences department at MIT. She is the Principal Investigator of the Early Childhood Cognition Lab at MIT. She is known for her work on early childhood development of cognition, causal inference, discovery, and learning.


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2018 Picower Institute Spring Symposium: Laura Schulz


Schulz graduated from the University of Michigan in 1992 with a BA in Philosophy, and she went on to achieve a Masters and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley in 2002 and 2004, respectively. At Berkeley, she closely worked with Alison Gopnik, researching computational models of cognition. In 2005, she joined the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). There, alongside Pawan Sinha, she runs the new post-baccalaureate Research Scholars Program in Brain and Cognitive Sciences, working to prepare disadvantaged students for graduate school.

She is currently the Principal Investigator of the Early Childhood Cognition Lab at MIT, studying learning in early childhood.

Personal Life

Schulz is the daughter of psychologist Margot Schulz and lawyer Isaac Schulz. She is the oldest of their two children. Her sister, Kathryn Schulz, is a staff writer for The New Yorker. She is married to Sue Kaufman and has four children: Henry Philofsky, M.J. Kaufman, Rachel Philofsky, and Adele Kaufman-Schulz.

Awards and recognition

  • American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology, 2014
  • MIT MacVicar Faculty Fellow, 2013
  • National Academy of Sciences, Troland Research Award, 2012
  • Society for Research in Child Development, Award for Early Career Research Contributions, 2011
  • National Academy of Sciences, Kavli Fellow, 2011
  • MIT Brain and Cognitive Science Award Angus MacDonald Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2011
  • MIT Sigma Xi, Invited Speaker, 2011
  • Marr Prize, Cognitive Science Society (student author: Hyowon Gweon), 2010
  • NSF Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, 2009
  • John Merck Scholars Foundation Award, 2009
  • Class of 1943 MIT Career Development Professorship, 2009
  • MIT Brain and Cognitive Science Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising, 2009
  • NSF Faculty Early Career Development award, 2007
  • MIT School of Science Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2007
  • Marr Prize, Cognitive Science Society (student author: Elizabeth Bonawitz), 2006
  • American Association of University Women, American Dissertation Fellowship, 2004
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Award, 2001
  • Hewlett Foundation Graduate Fellowship Award, 2000
  • References

    Laura Schulz Wikipedia