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The Distinguished Career Contributions Award

The Distinguished Career Contributions (DCC) award honors senior cognitive neuroscientists for their distinguished career, leadership and mentoring in the field of cognitive neuroscience.  The recipient of this prize will give a lecture at our annual meeting.

Congratulations to Dr. Marta Kutas on being awarded the 2015 Distinguished Career Contributions Award. Dr. Kutas will give her award lecture on Saturday, March 28, 2015 in San Francisco.


Marta Kutas is Distinguished Professor and Chair, Cognitive Science and Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Neurosciences, and Director of the Center for Research in Language, University of California, San Diego. Born behind the Iron Curtain, Kutas immigrated to the United States with her family after the Hungarian Revolution. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Oberlin College in 1971, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Biological Psychology with Professor Emanuel Donchin (and Michael G. Coles) from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1977. She then packed up all her stuff, arrived in San Diego, January 1, 1978, and has yet to leave except for a two year gap as a visitor at the psychology department at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. Kutas went to the UCSD Department of Neurosciences as a postdoctoral fellow to work with Professors Steven A. Hillyard (and Robert Galambos). Two years later, Kutas was fortunate to receive two Research Scientist Development Awards from NIMH back to back and ten years whizzed by. She next joined the (first!) Department of Cognitive Science as a Professor soon after it opened its doors. Kutas holds Honorary Degrees from Oberlin College and Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen. She is interested in the relationships between mind, body, brain, and behavior, which she investigates as part of a scientific village with lots of head scratching, elbow grease, with behavioral and cognitive electrophysiological measures and paradigms.

Previous Winner:

2015 Marta Kutas, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
2014 Marsel Mesulam, M.D., Northwestern University
2013 Robert T. Knight, M.D., University of California, Berkeley
2012 Morris Moscovitch, Ph.D., University of Toronto





To submit your nomination, send an email to with the following information by July 31, 2014 :

1. The Nominee’s name, affiliation and contact information

2. A brief statement as to why you believe this person is deserving of this award.