The biological sciences graduate program aspires to train experimental scientists capable of teaching and directing independent research by providing a broad theoretical background and an appreciation for the rigor of the scientific method. Students are prepared for employment in faculty positions and research posts in academia and industry.
The neuroscience area is offered in collaboration with the neuroscience faculty in the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Health Sciences. Students receive specialized course work in the neurosciences and choose a neuroscience laboratory from either department for their dissertation research. The main areas of research include: the neurobiology of addiction, stress and affective disorders such as depression and schizophrenia, mechanisms of feeding behavior and obesity, neuronal regeneration and repair, circadian systems, learning and memory, and ion channels.
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Although no official deadline exists for the program, completed applications should be received by December 15th for full consideration. Applications for admission received after this date will be considered as space permits.
The Department of Biological Sciences is committed to the full 12 month support of each graduate student in good academic standing, including an 18-credit tuition scholarship and stipend. Ph.D. students are supported by teaching assistantships or by federal grant-supported research assistantships. Additional fellowships provided by the University or by private foundations are awarded on a competitive basis to Ph.D. candidates that qualify. The nine-month academic year stipend for 2014-2015 was $22,588 plus a summer stipend and university supported health insurance. A select number of domestic Ph.D. students will be supported by federal GAANN Fellowships.
Travel funds are available for students who present their data at conferences or participate in specialized courses off campus, including courses at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory. Additional funds are awarded to students for research and academic excellence.