The Neuroscience Graduate Program (NSP) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a program with diverse faculty spanning most areas of modern neuroscience. Through rigorous training and mentoring the program aims at graduating neuroscientists who are critical thinkers and poised for success in any endeavor of their choosing.
The program is closely allied with other departments at the Anschutz Medical Campus, giving students the opportunity to interact and learn from researchers and teachers of many backgrounds. The strength of the neuroscience research community has led to its designation as a "Center of Excellence" at the University of Colorado.
The program's goal is to provide a broad and solid foundation of understanding in neuroscience and to train critical thinkers who identify important problems, generate experimentally testable hypotheses and who draw significant conclusions from the results of their ongoing research in a specific area of neuroscience. Students completing the requirements for the Neuroscience PhD will be independent investigators prepared to make important contributions to research and to the education of future generations of neuroscientists.
Student/Faculty Interaction | Students and faculty have many opportunities during the year for scientific and social interactions. Our annual Neuroscience Retreat is held in the fall at a mountain location. Faculty present brief overviews of the current research directions in their laboratories, while students present their current work in poster sessions. Outstanding visiting neuroscientists are also invited to give lectures during the event. There is also free time for mountain biking, hiking, fishing, or other recreational activities during the weekend. The retreat format promotes informal scientific conversations between students, faculty, and invited guests. The retreat is a good opportunity for our new students to learn more about their colleagues' current research, and to exchange ideas. In addition, students meet weekly with seminar speakers. These lunch meetings are an opportunity to discuss scientific issues and career choices with neuroscientists. Students also have the opportunity to meet informally with other students during student-organized journal clubs and periodic social events.
The Neuroscience Training Program at the University of Colorado provides multidisciplinary training covering the breadth of neurobiology, from neuronal gene regulation to the development, structure, and function of the nervous system. Students receive training in cellular and molecular neurobiology, neural development, neuropharmacology, and biochemistry, as well as hands-on training in a variety of state-of-the-art laboratory techniques.
It is the mission of the Neuroscience Faculty Equity & Inclusion committee (NSP E&I; est. 2019) to promote equity and inclusion within the CU Anschutz Neuroscience community. To specifically address inclusivity we have developed a number of initiatives to ensure that the current and future students, particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds, in our program are happy and supported:
|Faculty Committee for Equity and Inclusion|
Cristin Welle, Manisha Patel, Ernie Salcedo, Ethan Hughes
Mission Statement | The goal of the Neuroscience Faculty E&I committee is to promote equity and inclusion within the neuroscience community by striving for increased representation within our graduate student body and faculty. We also work to promote an inclusive environment for our program member, through outreach, education and actions to improve diversity within our program activities. Our two main goals are as follows:
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