The Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP) at the University of Vermont is an interdisciplinary training program bridging Basic Science and Clinical departments distributed among four colleges within the University of Vermont and encompassing the following areas of neuroscience: Molecular & Cellular; Developmental, Plasticity & Repair; Behavioral, Cognitive & Systems; Human Neurobiology. The NGP is designed to create a dynamic graduate education environment that leverages the diversity of neuroscience research at the University of Vermont. The strong curriculum and research environment and the excellent students that they allow us to attract, results in a low attrition rate, good student productivity, relatively short time to degree, and success in placing graduates in competitive post-doctoral programs.
Training is accomplished through:
- Core courses that establish a solid foundation of knowledge in molecular, cellular, systems and behavioral neuroscience.
- Advanced courses that emphasize in‐depth study of current neuroscience topics and concepts, critical thinking and effective communication.
- Basic science and translational research, where mentors provide personalized attention and foster independence in thinking as students create and undertake hypothesis‐based approaches to research.
- Lab rotations that allow students to learn a variety of techniques and approaches to studying the nervous system while exploring their interests before committing to a dissertation laboratory.
- Undergraduate teaching opportunities that help students to become effective teachers and communicators of neuroscience. Students choose at least two undergraduate assignments, and they give class presentations in their advanced course work.
- Graduate Student Journal Club and a Neuroscience Seminar Series that develops skills in analytical thinking and logic in the evaluation of one’s own work as well as that of others.
- Community outreach that allows students to make a direct and meaningful impact in the community.