Fellowships and Teaching Opportunities
Our graduate program is designed not only to produce outstanding young scientists but also to ensure that our graduates have the experience necessary to succeed in the neuroscience community. Therefore we require all students to gain experience in grant writing and teaching skills. Students are expected to submit a predoctoral fellowship application (NRSA or NSF) and any other appropriate fellowship applications by Fall semester of their third year. In addition, upper level students must participate in up to three (3) semesters as a teaching assistant (TA).
Teaching Assistantships are available in a number of undergraduate biology, physiology and psychology courses. TA appointments usually require 20 hours per week assisting a faculty instructor and the TA's responsibilities generally include holding office hours to meet with students and assisting in class labs (if applicable). In addition, the TA may have the opportunity to deliver lectures to the students.
Prior to their first TA assignment, every TA appointed through BIO must attend 2 days of TA Training in August, which is offered through the College of Natural Sciences Dean's Office.