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Typical Timeline

For detailed information please refer to the Neuroscience Graduate Program handbook.


1st Year

Fall:

  • Coursework: Required Principles of Neuroscience 1 and literature presentation course. Most students also take one or more elective courses.
  • Research: lab rotation.
  • Attend seminar and journal clubs.
Spring:
  • Coursework: Required Principles of Neuroscience 2 and literature presentation course. Most students also take one or more elective courses.
  • Research: lab rotation.
  • Attend seminars and journal clubs.
Summer:
  • Research: lab rotation.
  • Choose dissertation faculty advisor and join the lab.

2nd Year

  • Coursework: Required statistics, ethics and graduate seminar in neuroscience courses. Complete four (4) elective courses.
  • Research: full time research in chosen laboratory.
  • Students are required to submit a predoctoral NSF Fellowship by the middle of their 2nd year.
  • Students take the qualifying examination by the end of their second year.
  • Attend seminars and journal clubs.

3rd Year and Beyond

  • Students are required to submit a predoctoral NRSA (or other relavent) Fellowship by the middle of their 3rd year.
  • Apply for admission to candidacy (year 3).
  • Research: full time dissertation research.
  • Teaching Assistantship: graduate students are required to complete up to 3 semesters as a teaching assistant for an undergraduate or graduate course. Students are required to attend a TA training session prior to their first TA assignment.
  • Attend seminars and journal clubs.
  • Complete research, write, submit and defend dissertation (year 5).

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