Training Components

Core Components of NU IN-PREP Training


  • In-depth training in scientific research skills by one of 85 potential mentors who represent diverse areas of neuroscience and who have a demonstrated commitment to mentoring.
  • Research training will focus on how to develop a research project, critical thinking skills, experimental techniques, data collection and analysis, and synthesis and interpretation of results.
  • IN-PREP trainees will carry out an independent project, which they will be expected to present at regional and/or national conferences.

Preparation for Neuroscience Graduate Program Admissions

  • GRE preparation course (optional)
  • Feedback on Personal Statements and CVs
  • Academic instruction through two mini-courses—Cellular Neurophysiology and Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology
  • Mock graduate school admissions interviews.

Professional Development

  • Scientific Communication Skills workshop series that focuses on developing confidence and clarity of communication in the fundamental methods of disseminating scientific information
  • Opportunities to present research at scientific conferences.

Social Activities

  • Participation in NUIN events, including the annual retreat, quarterly socials, monthly seminars
  • Network with extramural PREP trainees at regional events.

Individualized Components of NU IN-PREP Training


  • Individual Development Plans (IDPs) will be used to guide bi-monthly meetings with IN-PREP advisor
  • Guidance on selection of PhD programs


  • Scholars have the option to develop a course of study selected from upper-division undergraduate or graduate classes
  • Auditing of graduate-level neuroscience classes is also possible for more targeted learning activities

NIH T32 Training Programs

  • Opportunity to participate in training events with affiliated with one of several neuroscience-themed Training Programs (T32), including Training Days, retreats, meetings with invited speaker NUIN faculty, postdocs and graduate students.