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Academic Timeline

 First Year:

  • NUIN 401-1, 401-2, 401-3 – Fundamentals of Neuroscience (Required; 3 quarters, 3 units)
  • NUIN 407 – NUIN Graduate Foundations (Required, 0 Unit)
  • Electives (typically 2 electives in the first year)
  • NUIN 490 – Responsible Conduct of Neuroscience Research (0 Unit)
  • NUIN 590 – 3 in person laboratory rotations (additional if necessary)
  • Seminar Attendance Requirement (6 per quarter in Fall, Winter, Spring)
  • Meet with Advising Committee 4 times during the year
  • Identify a graduate Thesis Advisor and begin working in their laboratory
  • Complete required safety training (online and in-person)
Second Year
  • Complete all coursework, including a required approved Biostatistics course
  • Complete Teaching Assistant requirements
  • Register for NUIN 590 each quarter
  • Meet with Advising Committee twice during the year
  • Begin research in thesis laboratory
  • Complete Qualifying Exam and achieve PhD Candidacy by August 31st
  • Create and submit an IDP
Third Year
  • Register for TGS 500 – Advanced Doctoral Study
  • Conduct thesis research
  • Present PACT – Post-Advancement to Candidacy Talk
  • Form and have initial meeting with Thesis Committee
  • Present Thesis Proposal (also referred to as a Prospectus)
  • Create and submit an IDP
Fourth Year and Beyond
  • Conduct thesis research
  • Register for TGS 500 – Advanced Doctoral Study
  • Meet with Thesis Committee (annually)
  • Create and submit an IDP (annually)
  • Publish at least one first author article
  • Write and defend dissertation

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