Program in Sensory and Systems Neuroscience is a competitive neuroscience training
program in the College of Arts
and Sciences at the University of
Virginia. The goal of the Program is to prepare students for
careers of excellence in neuroscience research and teaching.
We offer a curriculum that includes courses in
neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, statistics,
cognitive and behavioral neuroscience. Students are encouraged to tailor
their coursework to suit their needs by including courses such as cell
biology, molecular biology and immunology, and by participating in seminars on
current topics. We are affiliated with the neuroscience training program at
the University of Virginia Medical School, and students from these programs
interact extensively in classrooms and laboratories.
A key feature of the Program is that students are
trained to apply interdisciplinary techniques to questions of neuronal,
endocrine and immune influences on nervous system structure and function.
Students are encouraged to work with several laboratories to gain experience
in multiple techniques or approaches, ultimately choosing a laboratory in
which to conduct their thesis research. Our laboratories utilize molecular
and celluar, anatomical, physiological and
behavioral techniques to answer questions at multiple levels of analysis.
Consequently, our laboratories are well-equipped for this broad-based
approach to research; our facilities include light, electron and confocal microscopes, equipment for microdialysis
with HPLC, and resources for conducting electrophysiological and molecular
Another strength of our
program is the opportunity to acquire teaching experience. Graduate students
co-teach two semesters of a laboratory course in neuroscience for
undergraduates, and have the opportunity to assist with larger lecture courses.
Students demonstrating excellence in teaching may apply for a Teaching
Fellowship, which allows them to develop and teach a course independently.
Requirements for the Ph.D. degree include successful
completion of coursework, a qualifying exam taken during the summer after the
second year of graduate work, a predissertation
research paper, and a doctoral dissertation. The program does not offer a
terminal masters' degree.
For an application, please
Application Deadline: Dec 1, 2007