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Neuroscience Comprehensive Examinations

Students will choose a thesis mentor at the beginning of the second year of study and begin preparing for the Comprehensive Exam. The examination will have as its focus a thesis research proposal written by the student using the form of an NIH grant application. The student must adequately demonstrate the scientific knowledge and ability to defend this proposal, as well as satisfying the overall requirements for the examination as set forth by the CU Graduate School. Once the Comprehensive Exam is passed, students become candidates for the Neuroscience Ph.D. Students are encouraged to submit their proposal as a predoctoral NIH grant. (Several students have been recipients of these grants.)