is supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health. The program promotes interdisciplinary research training for students interested in biochemical or molecular problems in cell science, genetics, physiology, biophysics, and microbiology. Although the student's experience is interdisciplinary, admission is made through an individual department or program, and degrees are awarded by the sponsoring unit. The Neuroscience Program is a participating unit in this training program.
Sponsoring units submit candidates for admission into the cell and molecular biology training program, and the trainees are selected on a competitive basis. Minority students are particularly encouraged to apply. During the first year, each trainee must complete a minimum of three laboratory rotations (at least four weeks each), one of which must be outside of the sponsoring unit, before selecting a permanent laboratory home. A student may select the laboratory of any faculty member in a participating unit.
Stipends are equivalent to top offers made to other incoming students. Trainees present their research at the program's annual research symposium; they organize a monthly seminar series in which distinguished scientists visit the University to present their work and to meet with trainees; and they get together informally each month for science and socializing.
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