Curriculum

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    Begin your training with a firm foundation in modern neuroscience. Students start with 28 semester-hours of lectures, seminars and tutorials in areas including cellular, molecular, biochemical, physiological, developmental, anatomical and systems neuroscience as well as whole-organism behavioral neuroscience. To learn successful approaches to cutting-edge research, students take courses in critical thinking and analysis, scientific writing and presentation, biostatistics, research ethics and professional survival skills.

    In the first year, students survey up to six laboratories for 4-5 weeks each to develop a sense of the breadth of research opportunities, training environments and technical skills available in the Program. In the summer between their first and second years, students then begin intensive training and research in up to three laboratories over the next three semesters and dive into their own specific areas relevant to their dissertation topics. This offers students the chance to learn laboratory procedures, develop preliminary data for their dissertation and participate in research projects that produce publishable data.

    During the course of your training, you will participate in professional skills classes, seminars, journal clubs and Research Day events to prepare you for a successful career. There is also the opportunity to gain teaching and lecturing experience as you help guide other UMMC students as well as undergraduate students from nearby colleges through basic neuroscience courses.

    Our Program has graduated students who went on to successful post-doctoral fellowships at top institutions including Harvard, Yale and Johns Hopkins universities, the Scripps Institute and the National Institutes of Health. Likewise, our faculty have trained graduates who have gone on to faculty or staff positions at the Scripps Institute-Florida, UCLA, Duke University, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Life Technologies.