The Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience
the first year of their Ph.D. program, students do 4 nine-week
rotations in different laboratories of their choosing. First-year
course work includes a core class in principles of neuroscience,
and intensive graduate level seminars that give students
experience in reading original research literature and making
oral presentations. Graduate research advisors are typically
chosen at the end of the first year.
In their second year, Neuroscience students
obtain teaching experience and write a mentored research
proposal. In subsequent years, all Neuroscience students
present their ongoing research to the entire community in
a weekly series of lunchtime graduate student talks (pizza
provided). Most Neuroscience Ph.D. students complete their
degrees in 5-6 years and go on to postdoctoral research
in outstanding laboratories.
Our students compete successfully for prestigious fellowships and awards at both the pre- and postdoctoral levels. Former students from our program include many internationally recognized scientists at major institutions around the country and world-wide. Formal and informal career development advice is included as part of the program.
Students in the Neuroscience Ph.D. program may be eligible to participate in the optional Brandeis Quantitative Biology program and/or the interdisciplinary theory program IGERT: Geometry and Dynamics.
More details about the Neuroscience Ph.D. requirements are available.