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Neuroscience Graduate Program

Program Components


Students begin the program with two years of didactic courses in neuroscience, molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, ethics, and statistics.  The program also requires coursework pertaining to professional development.

Lab Rotations

During their studies, students will complete lab rotations to learn techniques and explore research areas of interest.  They are encouraged to complete at least three rotations per semester. Generally, students have decided on a mentor whose lab they will join by the end of the first year.

Admission to Doctoral Candidacy

Generally, students will take the qualifying exam for admission to doctoral candidacy at the end of the second year.  The student handbook provides further details on this process.

Upon passing the qualifying exam, students are expected to work on their dissertation research full time while attending the weekly seminar series. They are also expected to present their research during one session.

health sciences library
The Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library (HSL) is located near the CARE Atrium. The HSL serves the research needs of the Colleges of Allied Health, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy.

The program asks students to present at the weekly Neuroscience Seminar and encourages first-author presentations at regional and national meetings. Here, program graduate Jessica Ross presents her research at Neuroscience Day, sponsored by the Ohio-Miami Valley Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.