CNUP: Center for Neuroscience
Program requirements are detailed in Guidelines and Regulations for
Doctoral Study in the CNUP Training Program. These written guidelines
and regulations are presented to entering students and provide the student
with detailed information on all aspects of the training program. Key
aspects of the training program are listed below.
- Students start research in a laboratory they select immediately
upon entering the program.
- Students gain experience in at least two laboratories, through
rotations during the first year.
- Students choose a doctoral advisor no later than the end of August
of the first year.
- A sequence of three core courses that
are typically completed in the first year:
2–3 elective courses (there are many
from which to choose).
A statistics course and an ethics course.
Proseminar in Year 1 (informal weekly presentations by faculty of
A Grant Writing course.
Research seminar (regular attendance is required throughout graduate
Journal Club (regular attendance at a broad-based student-run journal
club is required until students have advanced to candidacy).
- Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology I
- Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology II
- Systems Neurobiology
- In general, second-year students serve as teaching assistants to
members of the training faculty for a one-term course.
- Preliminary exam (referred to as the "reprint exam," this exam is
taken at the end of the first year and tests the student's ability
to orally present and critically evaluate a published research report).
- Comprehensive exam (this exam takes the format of a grant application).
- Doctoral dissertation and defense.
- Annual evaluation by the CNUP Student Evaluations Committee (also
mid-year evaluation of first-year students).
- Second year research evaluation.