The hallmark of FAU’s new Graduate Neuroscience Training Program is breadth. The program encourages new students to sample a wide range of thematic areas of neuroscience across multiple Colleges and Departments, from molecular mechanisms, to human cognition and therapeutics. The FAU Brain Institute provides full support to incoming students during the first year, while students gain broad experience in research inquiry through curriculum options, laboratory rotations and seminars. FAU’s partnerships with Max Planck Florida and the Scripps Research Institute add to this breadth, providing unique, multidisciplinary research opportunities that apply state-of-the-art technical approaches to the study of the nervous system.
In particular, the GNTP provides students with an opportunity:
- To begin their training in Neuroscience in their first year with a common curriculum introduction.
- To conduct initial research with a unique opportunity to rotate across laboratories affiliated with three Ph.D. neuroscience programs and to select from major areas of research and faculty interest that include:
- Integrative Biology Program – the study of molecular, cell and systems neuroscience, through the use of leading invertebrate and vertebrate model systems, and with access to a suite of cutting edge molecular, optical and physiological recording technologies.
- Experimental Psychology Program – the study of behavioral and computational neuroscience, in modern research facilities and technologies, including tools for animal and human brain physiological recording and imaging.
- Complex Systems and Brain Sciences Program – training in computational and cognitive neuroscience (emphasizing neuroimaging and real-time recording of behavior), and the mathematical concepts and tools of complexity science and nonlinear dynamical systems.
- To engage in social and professional develop activities with program faculty and the Neuroscience Student Organization (NSO).
- To also accommodate the more experienced student with a deeper dive into specific areas.
At FAU’s Brain Institute, our research, training and expertise ultimately educates the community, lessens the stigmas of brain disorders and changes lives. Through outreach events sponsored by the FAU Brain Institute and the Neuroscience Student Organization, GNTP trainees pursue their research programs while remaining connected to the community, yielding a deeper public understanding of our science, its challenges and applications.
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