What are the good graduate programs?

Gerry S. Oxford gsox at med.unc.edu
Fri May 5 11:17:51 EST 1995

   There are a number of excellent neuroscience (and physiology) graduate
programs in the U.S.  Of course, the terms "excellent" and "good" will
be highly subjective, so you should examine a wide variety and come to
your own conclusion.  Recently, there have been a number of posts to this
group (misleading IMHO) about neuroscience "programs".  There is a big
distinction between "research output and recognition" and "training
program and environment".  Sometimes they are closely correlated in a
given institution, but not always.  I would say that the most respected
and recognized source of information about neuroscience graduate training 
is a book assembled by the Association of Neuroscience Departments and 
Programs (ANDP) and distributed by the Society for Neuroscience, called 
"Neuroscience Training Programs in North America".  You can contact the 
ANDP (202)-328-9713 for information about the latest edition of this 
informative book.
   For your information, I include below a description of our Ph.D. 
program in Neurobiology here at UNC.  We belong to the ANDP and are 
included in the above mentioned book.


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                   The Curriculum in Neurobiology
             University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
                          Chapel Hill, NC

	The Curriculum in Neurobiology is a multidisciplinary Ph.D. program
designed to provide both in-depth training in basic neuroscience research
and to develop broad experiences in the spectrum of research approaches used
in contemporary neuroscience.  Our goal is to train scientists with both the
intellectual skills and technical flexibility to enjoy a successful career
in research and education.  Initially, each student undertakes advanced
coursework in cellular, molecular, developmental, systems and behavioral
neuroscience.  Other coursework is selected on an individual basis.
Three research apprenticeships in laboratories representing different
neuroscience subdisciplines are also required; this contact with faculty
research helps trainees select their own dissertation projects.  Excellent
laboratory facilities and state-of-the-art equipment are available in the
faculty laboratories and shared core facilities.  Networked microcomputers
are available for use in shared neuroscience student office space along
with free electronic mail and local MEDLINE.  An active seminar program
includes a weekly colloquium series and a Visiting Scientist series in which
students spend time in small groups with distinguished neuroscientists from
around the world.  Support is available for travel to national scientific
meetings to present research work.  Finally, formal training in scientific
presentation skills is provided.  A combined M.D./Ph.D. program is available
for those interested in a dual clinical/research career.
   -  76 faculty from 13 departments in both School of Medicine and the
      Division of Arts and Sciences.
   -  32 predoctoral students presently enrolled
   -  Program established in 1966, Ph.D. in Neurobiology offered since 1972
   -  Training strengths in cellular & molecular neuroscience, developmental
      neuroscience, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuropharmacology and
      behavioral neuroscience.
   -  Average time to degree is 5.3 years
   -  22 Ph.D. degrees awarded in last 5 years

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:  The *minimum* admissions requirements include: an
   undergraduate bachelors degree preferably with a major in a science
   discipline, a GPA of 3.0 or better on a scale of 4.0, and a combined
   score on the Verbal and Quantitative	portions of the Graduate Record
   Examination of 1200.  Foreign applicants for whom English is a second
   language must score at least 550 on the TOEFL exam.  A 2-3 page statement
   of personal history and career goals is required.  Experience in
   independent laboratory research is highly desirable.

   financial assistance in the form of stipends of $12,000 per annum
   (exclusive of tuition and fees which are paid by the program).  Sources
   of support include two federal training grants, funding from the School
   of Medicine, and research grants.  Students can also compete for national
   and local university fellowship support.


   Gerry S. Oxford, Ph.D.
   Director, Curriculum in Neurobiology
   University of North Carolina
   Campus Box 7320
   Chapel Hill, NC  27599-7320

   PHONE:  919-962-7157                                      
   FAX:    919-966-6927
   EMAIL:  gsox at med.unc.edu


   Ann Marie Gray
   The Neurobiology Curriculum
   University of North Carolina
   Campus Box 7320
   Chapel Hill, NC  27599-7320

   PHONE:  919-966-1260
   FAX:    919-966-6927
   EMAIL:  annmarie at med.unc.edu

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