[Comp-neuro] PhD Program in Neuroscience at George Mason University

Avrama Blackwell kblackw1 at gmu.edu
Mon Dec 7 14:59:54 CET 2009

Applicants with a theoretical/quantitative background particularly welcome!

Deadline: February 1

The Interdisciplinary PhD program in Neuroscience at George Mason University offers students with a strong quantitative and analytical background the opportunity to apply their skills to challenging problems in brain research, while working with faculty with primary appointments in physics, molecular neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and bioinformatics / computational biology. The Theoretical and Computational track within the Neuroscience PhD program aims to train the next generation of neuroscientists with the broad range of computational and analytical skills that are essential to understand the organization and function of complex neural systems.  Research approaches of the faculty range from the subcellular and molecular level to the systems and behavioral level.  Some of the areas that students will contribute to include: Molecular profiling of drug effects in the brain, cellular signaling underlying memory, the relationship between dendritic morphology and neuronal 
activity, nonlinear dynamics of neurons and networks of neurons, and fMRI investigations of reasoning, attention and human performance.

The first two years of study provides a common foundation in neuroscience and research methodology. In addition, students engage themselves in the elements of research, begin to take electives, and attend a series of seminars covering neuroscience at Mason. The third, fourth and fifth years focus primarily on research performed in a laboratory at or affiliated with Mason.

Applicants should submit the following materials:
1. Completed application form with fee;
2. All undergraduate and graduate transcripts (originals, or attested or notarized copies);
3. GRE scores (use code 5827);
4. Three letters of recommendations; and
5. Goals Statement.
6. CV or resume may be included, but is not required

Submit application online, and send transcripts and letters to:
George Mason University
Graduate Admissions, Mail Stop 6A3
4400 University Dr.
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444
Applications should be submitted by February 1 for Fall admission of each year. The deadline is
December 15 for degree holders from non-US institutions.  Financial assistance is available at competitive levels through graduate research assistantships to outstanding candidates.

For more information, see http://neuroscience.gmu.edu

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