Our graduate program is designed not only to produce outstanding young scientists, but also to ensure that our graduates have acquired the experience necessary to succeed in the neuroscience community. Therefore we require all students to gain experience in grant writing and teaching skills. Students are expected to submit a predoctoral fellowship application (NRSA or NSF) and any other appropriate fellowship applications in their first, second and/or third year of study. In addition, upper level students must participate at least one semester as a teaching assistant (TA).
Teaching Assistantships are available in a number of undergraduate biology, physiology and psychology courses. In addition, students may TA the first year Principles of Neuroscience required graduate courses. TA appointments usually require 20 hours per week assisting a faculty instructor and the TA’s responsibilities generally include holding office hours to meet with students and assisting in class labs (if applicable). In addition, the TA may have the opportunity to deliver lectures to the students. Students may participate as a TA up to a maximum of 3 semesters.