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The graduate studies program of the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences offers two Ph.D. programs: a Clinical Anatomy program that is intended to train the next generation of educator-scholars in the field of anatomy (see links at right) and an Anatomical Sciences program that is research-oriented. In addition, approval for an MS program in Clinical Anatomy has been requested and is expected to start enrolling students in Fall, 2014. The graduate studies program of the Department also offers courses for students working toward a master's degree in biomedical science who desire a concentration in the anatomical sciences.
The PhD in Anatomical Sciences is intended to provide a broad background in biomedical science and to provide expertise in a selected area. Students work toward developing the skills and insights necessary to become independent investigators and effective teachers. After completing a core curriculum of basic courses and advancing to candidacy, the successful student pursues an individually tailored program of advanced study and directed research training in a laboratory environment. Permission to join a particular research laboratory is contingent upon availability of (1) space in that laboratory at the time at which the student advances to candidacy and (2) funds to support the student's proposed research. Presentation of research findings at national meetings and teaching in departmental courses are encouraged and supported. The Anatomical Sciences track is in the process of being merged with the Program in Neuroscience.
Faculty members conduct active research programs in a variety of areas including sensory and motor systems neurobiology, neural development and its disorders, the neurobiology of motivation and addiction, and neuroendocrine control of circadian rhythms. Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences faculty research programs are supported by both public and private national funding agencies. The department has excellent research facilities for light and electron microscopy, tissue culture, intracellular and extracellular electrophysiology, behavior testing and biochemical analysis. The department is part of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, which offers graduate degree programs in the basic medical sciences as well as professional training in medicine, nursing, dentistry and health-related professions.
Admission to graduate study requires a baccalaureate degree (with at least a B average) from an accredited institution. Applications are evaluated on the basis of letters of recommendation, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, grades and other qualifications. All applicants must meet the admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies. Applications are accepted throughout the year, but applications received by Jan. 31 will receive priority consideration for admission to the fall semester.
For further information, send e-mail to the Director of Graduate Studies or contact the Director via mail:
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216