The Neuroscience training faculty are excellent and well-supported researchers and teachers. The group includes recipients of the National Institutes of Health Javits Awards for excellence in neuroscience, NIH Merit and Career Development Awardees, and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellows. The training faculty are selected from four basic science and five clinical departments, Biochemistry/Biophysics/Genetics, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Radiology, Medicine, Neurology, and Psychiatry, carrying out their research in close collaboration with their graduate students and postdoctoral associates.
The Neuroscience faculty constitute a good balance of tenured and young professors who participate in exciting and beneficial collaborations in both teaching and research projects. The proximity of faculty with similar research interests in the Neuroscience Center allows for active interactions by researchers from all five departments.
Students in the program are highly motivated and typically have very strong credentials for admission, including high scores on the Graduate Record Examination, strong undergraduate grade point averages, and prior laboratory experience. Neuroscience students are supported by an NIH training grant, institutional funding, and research grants. Some of our predoctoral students are recipients of individual University Merit Fellowships and pre-doctoral NIH Research Service Awards. The program actively recruits minority students, and women make up over half the current student population.
Students and faculty have many opportunities during the year for scientific and social interactions. Our annual Neuroscience Retreat is held in the fall at a mountain location. Faculty present brief overviews of the current research directions in their laboratories, while students present their current work in poster sessions. Outstanding visiting neuroscientists are also invited to give lectures during the event. There is also free time for mountain biking, hiking, fishing, or other recreational activities during the weekend. The retreat format promotes informal scientific conversations between students, faculty, and invited guests. The retreat is a good opportunity for our new students to learn more about their colleagues' current research, and to exchange ideas. In addition, students meet weekly with seminar speakers. These lunch meetings are an opportunity to discuss scientific issues and career choices with neuroscientists.
Students also have the opportunity to meet informally with other students during student-organized journal clubs and periodic social events. The Neuroscience Student Rooms in the RC1 North Tower provide a common area for student discussion and interaction, as well as adequate study space.