Graduate Study in Behavioral Neuroscience

The training of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers is an important component of the scientific and intellectual life of the Behavioral Neuroscience Group. We are deeply committed to preparing trainees for success in positions in academia, private research organizations, industry, and governmental agencies, and we have enjoyed considerable success in doing so. Behavioral Neuroscience is inherently a broad and multidisciplinary field — drawing information, ideas, and techniques from scientific disciplines such as anatomy, biology, biochemistry, computer science, embryology, engineering, genetics, pharmacology, physiology, psychology, and physics. Thus, to become effective researchers, students must not only master an impressive range of techniques, but more importantly, they must also learn to think critically about an unusually wide range of material. This process is fostered by the exceptional breadth and depth (ranging from behavior to molecules) of the research being conducted within our individual laboratories and with the group as a whole.

The program is strongly research-oriented. Students begin research in their first semester of graduate study, and coursework is largely tailored to their individual needs. At its best, graduate education involves intense, but informal forms of instruction every day. Thus, students also benefit from the overall collegiality of the program, often working collaboratively with several faculty members and members of the laboratories.

Our students enter the program with diverse backgrounds, coming from both the social and natural sciences, but they share common traits: profound curiosity, and a very real energy and enthusiasm about science.