Graduate Study in Neuroscience
--> Letter to prospective students
Both the master of science and doctoral degrees in neuroscience are available at Ohio University. Graduate education in neuroscience at Ohio University is provided by faculty of the interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program.
Participating faculty come from a number of departments, including Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, and Physics and Astronomy. Most are also members of the Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) Program or the Quantitative Biology Institute (QBI). Neuroscience graduate students are admitted by the graduate committee of the appropriate department. Basic stipends and tuition waivers are provided by these departments and may be supplemented by the Neuroscience Program. The Neuroscience Program also helps fund a variety of activities designed to enhance graduate student training:
- travel, room and board, and registration at scientific meetings
- tuition, travel, room and board, and registration for summer courses (e.g., at the Marine Biological Institute in Woods Hole, MA)
- travel plus room and board for visits to laboratories at other institutions
- other support necessary and appropriate for the student's intellectual and career development (upon request)
The graduate program is small (2-3 students are admitted each year, and stresses high levels of faculty-student interaction and mentoring.
All applications must include the names of three graduate faculty members with whom the applicant is interested in working. Admission is contingent on a faculty member expressing an interest in the applicant, and applicants are strongly advised to contact potential advisers. Upon request, the graduate committee and/or Neuroscience Program will fund visits by strong candidates. The initial choice of advisor is not binding, and students are encouraged to perform research rotations with other faculty during their first year. Students are expected to choose a home lab and faculty advisor by the end of this year. Prior to this time, mentoring student progress is the responsibility of the initial advisor or the head of the Neuroscience Program or, possibly, other program faculty.
After the student has chosen a home lab, the student and her/his faculty advisor choose an advisory committee. For M.S. students, this committee must have at least three members; for Ph.D. students at least five, one of whom must be outside the student's department. The student's faculty advisor serves as committee chair. The committee supervises the student's academic progress, prepares and administers the Ph.D. qualifying exam, helps direct the student's research program, and assesses the student's dissertation and thesis defense.
Graduate students are supported by departmental teaching or research assistantships. Teaching assistantships provide an annual income for M.S. students and Ph.D. students and a waiver of tuition and most fees. A limited number of enhanced stipends will be awarded each year on a competitive basis. University-wide Houk grants are awarded on a competitive basis to support research and travel. Departmental and Neuroscience Program funds are available to support student presentations at professional meetings, participation in summer courses at other institutions, visiting other laboratories, and other appropriate support. Finally, the graduate committee and/or the Neuroscience Program may make additional awards in recognition of a student's excellence.
Ohio University/Campus setting
Ohio University is located in Athens, Ohio, 75 miles southeast of Columbus. A wide range of cultural activities is available in the area, and the rural setting offers numerous outdoor recreational opportunities including over 20 state parks. The university was established in 1804 and has approximately 29,000 students, of whom 4,000 are graduate students. To learn more about the university, take a virtual tour.