Graduate Training Program

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The Computational Neuroscience Training Program has been established in part to encourage and support interdisciplinary graduate education and research in the more theoretical aspects of neuroscience. Please note that the CNTG is NOT a degree-granting program: interested students must apply to the UW through one of the relevant graduate programs, including Computer Science and Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Neurobiology and Behavior, Psychology, Physics and many others. Graduate students in any UW degree-granting program who have committed to doing research in the laboratories of the training grant faculty are welcome to apply for admission to the Computational Neuroscience Training Program. The program will support two years of graduate stipend and partial tuition, and includes a small allowance for supplies and travel. Furthermore, trainees will meet with an interdepartmental mentoring committee for guidance in choice of coursework and research direction. Typically, successful candidates will be at the end of their first or second year of graduate studies. Limited positions are available for non-US citizens/residents. Minority students are encouraged to apply.

Trainees will be expected to fulfill the following requirements:

1. At least two courses from the Neurobiology and Behavior sequence:

  • NEURO 501: Introduction to Neurobiology: Molecular & Cellular Neurobiology (3)
  • NEURO 502: Introduction to Neurobiology: Sensory & Motor Systems (5)
  • NEURO 503: Cognitive and Integrative Neuroscience (4)
  • NEURO 504: Biophysics of Nerve, Muscle, and Synapse (3)
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2. At least two courses from the computational neuroscience sequence:

  • AMATH 422/522: Computational Modeling of Biological Systems
  • NEURO/PBIO 545: Quantitative Methods in Neuroscience
  • NEURO 528: Computational Neuroscience
  • AMATH/CSE 533: Neural Control of Movement
  • AMATH 534: Dynamics of Neurons and Networks 
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3. Participation in the Computational Neuroscience Colloquium, journal club and the yearly Computational Neuroscience Connection.

4. Completion of NIH-required instruction in ethical conduct of research and grant-writing seminars.

Please email with any questions.