The major objectives of the first year are to become actively engaged in laboratory research, to complete core course requirements, and to obtain sufficient experience to pass the Reprint Exam. Participation in journal clubs, research seminars, and involvement in critical assessment of the literature through readings with the mentor and peers is integral to meeting these objectives.
It is required that students participate in the following activities during the fall and spring terms of their first year:
- laboratory research
- core courses in neuroscience
- journal club
- neuroscience seminar series.
During the summer term at the end of their first year, students should focus primarily on research, although some course work may be appropriate (e.g., statistics). During the first year, the students typically register for 3-9 research credits of Directed Study (NROSCI 2902 ) per term; the students should register for this course pass/fail.
Students are required to submit a research progress report at the end of the first year of study. This report is due by the last day of final exam week of the second term.
The Reprint Exam (see Section 9.1) must be completed by May 31 of the first year of study.
This assumes that the student initiated study in the program at the beginning of the fall term. Because admission into the program is considered on a rolling basis, it is not unusual for students to enter the program in the spring or summer terms. In these instances, completion of the reprint examination should take place at the end of the first month following the second term of study.
After completion of the first year, the only remaining requirements are to finish course requirements and complete a master’s thesis project. A list of elective courses currently offered can be obtained from the administrative office. Selection of the coursework that will be used to satisfy the requirements of the program should be made in consultation with their mentor and is subject to approval by the Director of Graduate Studies. However, given the time constraints of completing the degree it is expected that research will be the principal focus of students throughout their program of study.
During each fall and spring term the student is enrolled in the program, the student must participate in:
- research (registered for as 6-9 credits, NROSCI 2990 , pass/fail)
- journal club
- neuroscience seminar series (NROSCI 2106 ).