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NEUROSCIENCE TRAINING PROGRAM Criteria for Satisfactory Progress To make progress toward a graduate degree, students must meet the Graduate School requirements in addition to the requirements of the department or program. See Graduate School degree requirements.
M.S. PH.D.
Overall GPA
Follow Graduate School policy
Overall GPA
Follow Graduate School policy
Other Grade Requirements
Follow Graduate School policy
Other Grade Requirements
Follow Graduate School policy
Probation Policy
Follow Graduate School policy
Probation Policy
Yes
Failure to pass the preliminary examination before the start of the spring semester of the third year will result in being placed on probation. Two consecutive semesters of enrollment on probation precludes continuation in the program.
Specific Courses
Yes
Enrollment for Neurosci 900 each semester; Neurosci 610 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience; Neurosci 611 Systems Neuroscience; and one course (or demonstrated competence) in quantitative methods. Contact the program office for a list of possible courses.
Specific Courses
Yes
Enrollment for Neurosci 900 each semester; Neurosci 610 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience; Neurosci 611 Systems Neuroscience; Neurosci 700 Professional Development; one intermediate course in molecular/cellular/developmental neuroscience; one intermediate course in systems/behavioral neuroscience; one course (or demonstrated competence) in quantitative methods; and other advanced courses as recommended by the advisory committee. Contact the program office for a list of possible courses.
Specific Credits
Yes
At least 2 credits of Neuroscience 900 is required.
Specific Credits
No
Examinations
No
Examinations / Time Constraints
Yes / Yes
The preliminary examination consists of two papers: a dissertation proposal, and a critical research paper unrelated to the proposal. The preliminary examination should be completed by the end of the second summer of graduate study. Students who fail one or both parts of the preliminary examination may retake the examination within two months. Failure to pass the examination the second time will result in dismissal from the program.
Other Assessments / Time Constraints
Yes / Yes
A research paper based on at least one year of laboratory research must be submitted; the research paper must be presented orally to the advisory committee. Contact the program office for more information.
Other Assessments / Time Constraints
Yes / Yes
The presentation of the dissertation proposal in a seminar is required; attendance at the Neuroscience Seminar on a weekly basis is required. The final version of the dissertation should be delivered to the advisory committee at least two weeks before the oral defense; the dissertation must be completed by the end of the fifth academic year. If the dissertation is not completed by the end of the summer following the sixth academic year, the student's advisory committee must meet with the steering committee to present a written statement explaining why the dissertation has not been completed. One semester of teaching is required. Candidates are required to enroll as full-time students; nondissertators must enroll for a minimum of 8 credits per semester (2 credits per summer session); dissertators must enroll for 3 credits per semester. Contact the program office for more information.
Language Requirements
No
Language Requirements
No
Minor Requirements
No
Advisor
Yes
Candidates must select the advisory committee by the end of the second semester of the first year of graduate study.
Advisor
Yes
Candidates must select the advisory committee by the end of the second semester of the first year of graduate study.
Review Policy
Yes
Advisory committee
Each semester
Review Policy
Yes
Advisory committee
Each semester, nondissertators; annually, dissertators