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The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience provides didactic education, intensive research training, and professional development for doctoral students pursuing their Ph.D. degree, as well as dual-degree students in the MD/Ph.D. and DDS/Ph.D. programs. Initially created by the CBN as an interdepartmental “emphasis” in 2003, the Neuroscience Graduate Program formally became a “track” within the Integrated Multidisciplinary Graduate Program in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in 2008. With 26 students and over 50 training faculty from 5 basic science departments and 8 affiliated clinical departments or divisions within the medical and dental schools, we emphasize a flexible program of study and research tailored specifically to the individual needs and interests of each student. The Neuroscience Graduate Program offers a rich curriculum and research training opportunities that spans the breadth and depth of Neuroscience, from molecular, cellular, and neurochemical to systems, behavioral, cognitive and clinical research. Enrichment activities that complement the formal course work and laboratory research of our students include special interest research groups; student-led journal clubs and whiteboard sessions; a vibrant seminar series and several special lectures given by prominent visiting neuroscientists; an intensive clinical practicum experience in Neurosurgery, Neurology or Psychiatry; an annual retreat; membership in the Society for Neuroscience and other professional societies; attendance and presentation at local, state, national and international meetings; participation in Brain Awareness week activities; and several social functions held throughout the year. Our program is active in the local chapter of the Society for Neuroscience and in the Texas Academy of Science. Our program has achieved a national profile as a member program of the Association of Neuroscience Departments and Programs (ANDP), then with the merger of ANDP into the Society for Neuroscience, as one of the original Institutional Program members of the SfN Neuroscience Departments and Programs. Our students have been very successful in obtaining NRSA individual research fellowships from the NIH, and students receiving their Ph.D. degrees in the Neuroscience Program have obtained outstanding post-doctoral positions and gone on to successful careers in Neuroscience.
For more information, please visit the Neuroscience Graduate Program web site.
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