CSU, Chico News

International Master’s Program in Cognitive Visualization Inviting Applications for Second Cohort

Date: 01-24-2012

Kathleen McPartland
Publications and Public Affairs
Neil Schwartz, U.S. Coordinator,
International Cognitive Visualization Program

A dual master’s program among universities in the United States, France and Germany is seeking applicants for its second group of students. International Cognitive Visualization (ICV) breaks ground in an emerging science by being the first of its kind worldwide to train multilingual students to be specialists in both cognitive visualization and international business.

Students with bachelor’s degrees in psychology, instructional design, computer graphics and foreign languages are among those who may be especially interested in applying for this master’s program. The deadline is March 1, 2012. A description of the program can be found at http://www.icvprogram.net.

The program was developed over two years through the International Graduate Research Exchange by Program Director Neil Schwartz, a psychology professor at California State University, Chico, and his partners, Professor Wolfgang Schnotz from the University of Koblenz-Landau and Professor Erica de Vries from the University of Grenoble.

Eight students, selected from applicants from around the world, completed courses in cognitive psychology, applied computer graphics and learning science in Germany during the fall of 2011. After interning with an international company, they will move to Grenoble, France and enter a month-long French language immersion intensive. They will begin their second semester at the University of Grenoble in March, finish in July and then move to CSU, Chico to begin the fall semester in August 2012.

They will finish in May 2013 with a dual degree in the same amount of time it would normally take to complete only one. The program is looking for up to 12 new students, six from the United States and six from Europe, to begin the program in fall 2012 and complete their dual degree in May 2014. The American students receive a $12,000 stipend from the U.S. Government for the time they are studying in France and Germany.

The graduates will be specialists in visualization graphics. “Visualization media and tools are everywhere,” said Schwartz. “Students, executives, lawyers, engineers, Internet venders, textbook editors and many more rely on graphs, pictures, illustrations and animations to stimulate interest, ensure comprehension, persuade and inspire—in short, to connect with the human mind.

“This emerging discipline will provide tremendous employment potential to trained professionals in countries around the world. The students entering this graduate program are getting in on the ground floor of something very, very exciting.”

For more information about the ICV program, call Schwartz at 530-898-4968, e-mail him at nschwartz@csuchico.edu or go to the website at http://www.icvprogram.net.