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The human brain is an amazingly complex structure that controls all aspects of our behavior.  The essence of who we are and how we experience life depends on maintaining a healthy, active brain.  The Department of Neuroscience at UT Austin is dedicated to investigating the fundamental mechanisms by which the brain functions and how these mechanisms malfunction with neuronal injury and disease.  

Philanthropic support is crucial to neuroscience at UT Austin.  Your support allows us to use the funds committed by the University and the grant dollars brought in by our investigators to their fullest potential by providing for activities not supported or guaranteed by these sources.  You may click the "Make a Gift" button to give an immediate gift to the department.  Alternatively, you may contact:

Zachary M. Richards
Executive Director for Development & External Relations

Examples of current needs include:

Funding for a neuroscience seminar program

The weekly seminar program brings in notable neuroscientists from across the country to present their work.  This is an integral aspect of our graduate training program as it gives our students direct access to the brightest minds in the field outside of UT.  Unfortunately, neither grant dollars nor institutional funds are available to directly support this program.

Support for undergraduate research

The neuroscience program at UT is unique in that it offers undergraduate students the opportunity for meaningful, hands-on research experience in NIH funded laboratories.  Funds are needed to provide on-going research supplies for these students throughout the academic year.  In addition, funds are needed to provide summer stipends to outstanding students that are offered the opportunity to implement a summer research project with one of our faculty.

Support for graduate student research

Neuroscience faculty are responsible for supporting graduate students (including student stipend, tuition and insurance) for the majority of their graduate training (generally 5 years).  These funds are typically provided through NIH grants obtained by the faculty.  External support for graduate students in the form of fellowships or awards frees up grant dollars for additional research needs, allowing our faculty to expand their research programs.

Funding for endowed professorships and chairs

Our faculty are the core of our department and it is essential to retain our most talented and sought after investigators.  An endowed professorship or chair is a visible way to recognize and reward our most outstanding faculty for their scholarship, teaching and research.  In addition, these endowments reflect the benefactor's enduring commitment to UT Austin.