Timeline

Typical Timeline

For detailed information please refer to the Neuroscience Graduate Program handbook.

1st Year- Fall: 

  • Coursework: Required Principles of Neuroscience 1 and literature presentation course. Most students also take one or more elective and/or required courses.
  • Research: lab rotations.
  • Attend seminars and journal clubs. 

1st Year- Spring:

  • Coursework: Required Principles of Neuroscience 2 and literature presentation course. Most students also take one or more elective and/or required courses.
  • Research: lab rotations. 
  • Attend seminars and journal clubs. 
  • Students take the Qualifying Exam at the end of the Spring Semester.
  • Choose dissertation faculty advisor and join the lab.

2nd Year:

  • Coursework: Required statistics, ethics and graduate seminar in neuroscience courses. Complete four (4) elective courses.
  • Research: full time research in chosen laboratory.
  • Students are expected to submit a predoctoral NSF Fellowship.
  • Students are expected to form their thesis committee and develop a thesis proposal by the end of their 2nd year.
  • Attend seminars and journal clubs.

3rd Year and Beyond:

  • Students are expected to submit a predoctoral NRSA (or other relevant Fellowship) in the 3rd - 5th year.
  • Students are expected to enter into PhD candidacy early in year 3.
  • Research: full time dissertation research.
  • Participate in Ethics "refresher" module in year 4.
  • Teaching Assistantship: graduate students are required to complete up to 3 semesters as a teaching assistant for an undergraduate or graduate course. Students are required to attend a TA training session prior to their first TA assignment.
  • Attend seminars and journal clubs.
  • Complete research, write, submit and defend dissertation (year 5).