Ph.D. in Neuroscience

An interdisciplinary program with 50 faculty members from 10 University departments, the neuroscience Ph.D. gives students a strong foundation across key areas of brain science, as well as advanced training in specialized subdisciplines.

Program at a glance

Admissions cycles: Fall, Spring
Application deadlines: Dec. 15, Sept. 15
Assistantship types available: Contact department
Graduate directors: Michael Webster, Grant Mastick, Jim Kenyon

Why choose this Ph.D. in neuroscience?

This program aims to develop the next generation of leading neuroscience academics and researchers. Students receive advanced, specialized training to develop their critical thinking and research skills in preparation for a wide range of possible career avenues, either in academia or the public or private sectors.

The program trains students to possess three key abilities:

  1. A comprehensive understanding and ability to critically evaluate current knowledge and theories in neuroscience
  2. Research skills to effectively identify, design and conduct independent research in the field
  3. Enhanced professional development skills in areas including communication, teaching, grant writing and ethics

Students tailor their curriculum to meet their research interests and professional goals. They may select from a diverse variety of courses within the program, including offerings in biology, computer science, electrical and biomedical engineering, microbiology and immunology, pharmacology, philosophy, psychiatry, psychology, physiology and more.

During the first two years of the program, students complete a track of foundation courses and research experience. They then specialize within a chosen subdiscipline for their research and training in subsequent years, culminating in their dissertation.

Program requirements include coursework in:

  • Neurobiology
  • Advanced psychophysiology
  • Statistics
  • Computing or bioinformatics options
  • Ethics and scientific research

Possible elective course subjects include:

  • Computer applications
  • Comparative sensory neuroscience
  • Perception
  • Memory
  • Molecular cell biology
  • Molecular genetics
  • Functional genomics
  • Introduction to bioinformatics
  • Genes, brain and behavior
  • Principles of animal behavior
  • Genomic conflict, epigenetics
  • Developmental biology
  • Current topics in cell and molecular biology
  • Advanced cellular biology
  • Molecular pharmacology

Neuroscience faculty members at the University of Nevada, Reno encourage the academic and professional development of students as independent researchers. Working closely with advisers and program directors, students develop a specialized, independent program of study in neuroscience research methodologies.

How do I apply?

All applicants to the Integrative Neuroscience Graduate Program -- home to neuroscience Ph.D. -- must meet the admissions standards of the Graduate School. Additionally, they must also submit with their graduate application the following materials:

  • Recent GRE scores (unless student has previously earned a graduate degree)
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A statement of purpose
  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation (three is preferred)

The program accepts applications each fall. The deadline for completed applications is Feb. 1.

Is funding available?

Please contact the department.

What's next?

You can apply now if you are ready to begin at the University. If you would like to learn more about the program, please contact:

Gale Craviso
Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of Nevada School of Medicine
(775) 784-4118
gcraviso@medicine.nevada.edu

Alexander Van Der Linden
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
(775) 784-6080
avanderlinden@unr.edu

Michael Webster, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Co-Director Neuroscience Graduate Program
(775) 682-8691
mwebster@unr.edu



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Fax (775) 784-6064
Email gradadmissions@unr.edu
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Address University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557