Timeline

1st year:

  • 3 laboratory rotations (additional rotations if necessary)
  • Coursework:
    • NUIN 401-1 (2 units), NUIN 401-2 (1 unit), NUIN 401-3 (1 unit)
    • Electives (typically 2)
    • NUIN 590, 1 unit (or more) per quarter
    • NUIN 490, Responsible Conduct of Research, during summer quarter
  • Quarterly Advising Meetings (mid-summer, late fall, winter, and spring quarters)
  • Seminar Attendance Requirement (6 per quarter in Fall, Winter, Spring)
  • Fall Rotation Poster, Winter Rotation Report, Spring Oral Presentation
  • Identify thesis lab

2nd year:

  • Select Concentration Area:
    • Molecular and Developmental Neuroscience
    • Cellular Neurophysiology
    • Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Coursework
    • Great Experiments elective in chosen concentration area
    • Other remaining electives (some courses may be taken in year 3)
    • NUIN 590
  • Fulfill Teaching Assistant Requirement (2 quarters of TAship)
  • Bi-Annual Advising Meetings (late fall and mid-Spring)
  • Pass Qualifying Exam and achieve PhD candidacy

3rd year:

  • Coursework:
    • Any remaining electives
    • TGS 500
  • Form Thesis Committee
  • Complete and defend Thesis Proposal by end of year 3

4th year:

  • Coursework:
    • TGS 500
  • Complete 4th Year Seminar Requirement
  • Meet with Thesis Committee (annual meetings required)

5-6th year:

  • Meet with Thesis Committee (annual meetings required)
  • Publish at least one first author paper
  • Write and defend thesis
  • Give public thesis seminar