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Behavioral Neuroscience - How to Apply

Admission to the Behavioral Neuroscience training program is based primarily on previous grade records, recommendations, statements of student interest, and verbal and quantitative Graduate Record Examination scores. All other things being equal, students with prior research experience and a strong background in the natural sciences are preferred, although the lack of these qualifications would not hinder the admission of otherwise strong candidates and should not deter such candidates from applying.

Because admission to the behavioral neuroscience training program often occurs when a particular faculty member is favorably impressed by the record of a student with common research interests, applicants are advised to be as explicit as possible in indicating their training goals. Applications are advised to investigate the faculty's research interests and to designate the specific faculty member or members with whom they wish to be affiliated.

Financial support for graduate students comes from several general sources: teaching and research assistantships funded by the University, research assistantships funded by government grants to individual faculty members, and University-sponsored fellowships for outstanding students. Applicants should also consider applying for outside grants and fellowships (e.g., from the National Science Foundation). It is the policy of the Department of Psychological Sciences to allocate available support preferentially to graduate students in good standing who are already in the program and every effort is made to provide continuity of support to the maximum degree possible. However, after four years, continuing students have a lower priority for support than other students.

Often students are supported by funds from research grants made to a particular faculty member. In these cases, it is understood that this faculty member will serve as the student's major adviser. However, this does not preclude the student from changing advisers later and receiving other means of financial support.

For more information about the specifics of the application process, click here.