Understanding the brain represents both a major scientific challenge and a wonderful research opportunity. Investigations into the mechanisms of neural function require an interdisciplinary approach using the knowledge base and techniques of anatomy, biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, pharmacology, and the behavioral sciences. Neuroscientists and their students must use these different approaches in their research and training if they are to make inroads to solving the major questions in neuroscience.
The University of Washington has met this challenge by establishing the interdisciplinary graduate program in neurobiology and behavior. The laboratories of more than 120 faculty members in over 20 departments within the School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, and College of Engineering have combined efforts to form the doctoral training program, continuing a long history of collaborative efforts that cross University boundaries.
The program is designed to allow students to obtain both broad training in the neurosciences and more intensive coursework in specific areas of interest. The program emphasizes flexibility and encourages students to take responsibility in the design of their own curriculum. Students have the opportunity to work with faculty whose interests span the breadth of neuroscience research. Graduates of the program are well prepared for a variety of careers involving academic, research, industrial, and public policy positions.
Graduate Program Coordinator
Doctor of Philosophy
Applications received after the deadline are considered at the discretion of the directors.
Students who have emphasized either biological or physical sciences in their undergraduate careers are invited to apply. Applicants are requested to send a copy of their academic record, GRE scores (including, if possible, scores on a subject test such as chemistry, physics, molecular and cellular biology, psychology, or biology), and three letters of recommendation from the persons who can best evaluate their potential for success in graduate study. New students enter the graduate program September 15. Applications received on or before the deadline are given full consideration. Applications received after the deadline are considered at the discretion of the directors.
Degree Program Requirements
90 credits, to include:
The NEUBEH program provides a salary with benefits (insurance plus tuition) for the first three quarters of study during rotations. Once the student has entered a dissertation laboratory, support is provided by the department of the dissertation adviser. Students maintaining satisfactory academic progress receive funding for the duration of their graduate training.