You can find a list of NUIN administrators and faculty leaders and their contact information below and on the Meet Our Team page:
- General NUIN faculty- and student-related issues: Dr. Jena Pitman-Leung
- Program milestones and requirements: Dr. Stephanie Valtierra
- T32 and PREP administration, NUIN DEI efforts: Dr. Cassandra VanDunk
- Financial matters (stipends, tuition, funding sources, reimbursements, etc.): Asta Stekovic
- Website, NUIN email and calendar, room booking: NUIN Program Assistant (TBD)
Become a NUIN Member or Preceptor
NUIN Members are invited to advertise their laboratories and recruit NUIN students by creating a profile on the website, attending the annual retreat, and participating in admissions and research talks aimed at new students, among other activities. A NUIN Member becomes a NUIN Preceptor when a NUIN student joins their lab for their thesis research. Both NUIN Members and Preceptors are added to the NUIN_Faculty and NUIN_All email listservs where they can be kept informed of neuroscience-related events in the community. Faculty are asked to provide service ranging from teaching in NUIN classes, serving on thesis committees, screening or interviewing applicants during admissions, to joining NUIN committees. Refer to the New NUIN Faculty Agreement for more detail.
To become a NUIN Member, faculty should email a copy of their CV, a research description tailored to their neuroscience research, and a paragraph on how they will contribute to the NUIN graduate program to the NUIN Assistant Director, Dr. Jena Pitman-Leung.
Accepting a NUIN Student
Students typically complete three 10-week rotations in different laboratories before committing to a thesis advisor. Most decisions are made in mid-June, and students begin full-time research in the laboratory that summer. To formalize the agreement, students, their thesis advisors, and their department Chairs are asked to sign the NUIN Thesis Advisor Agreement, which details the financial commitment, coursework, teaching, and milestone requirements for NUIN students. Click here to view the 2021-2022 NUIN Thesis Advisor Agreement.
Frequently Used Documents & Forms
- NUIN Student Handbook
- Link to Box Folder containing Guides and Forms:
- Guides (for students):
- First Year Requirements
- Individual Development Plans
- NUIN Qualifying Exam Guide
- NUIN Proposal and Committee Guide
- Seminar Attendance Form (for students)
- NUIN Qualifying Exam Assessment (for committee members)
- NUIN Thesis Proposal-Committee Meeting Status Form (for student and committee)
- MSTP Thesis Committee Form (for student and committee)
- Guidelines for NUIN Thesis Committees (for committee members)
- Guides (for students):
- Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS): CAPS on the Chicago Campus or Evanston Campus has a team of highly qualified and experienced mental health professionals who are dedicated to helping students work through developmental needs, emotional difficulties, adjustments and crises.
- Institutes & Centers: See lists available view Northwestern's Office of Research and Feinberg School of Medicine
- Research Cores at Northwestern