Abby Person

Abigail Person, PhD

Associate Professor and Program Co-Director

Nathan Schoppa

Nathan E. Schoppa, PhD

Professor and Program Co-Director

Deanne Sylvester

Deanne Sylvester

Program Administrator



Program Features

The Neuroscience Graduate Program (NSP) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus features diverse faculty spanning modern neuroscience. Through rigorous training and mentoring, the program aims to train critical thinkers poised for success in any endeavor they choose. For 20 years, the program has been supported by a prestigious T32, the Jointly Sponsored Institutional Predoctoral Training Grant, one of the 28 institutions to receive the award.


Collaborative Research

Many of our faculty share joint grants, with collaborations often initiated by students. The program is closely allied with 14 departments at the Anschutz Medical Campus, featuring over 80 neuroscientists, providing students opportunities to interact and learn from experts in many fields.

Rigorous Coursework

Students are offered a series of core courses covering the breadth of neuroscience, providing a broad and solid foundation. Cell and molecular neuroscience, systems neuroscience, developmental neurobiology, statistics, quantitative methodology and coding are core components of the curriculum.

Seminar Series

World class faculty are invited to share their newest research in a vibrant and well-attended seminar series. Students interact with seminar speakers in both a journal club-with-expert program and at lunch. 

Lab Rotations

Students rotate in three laboratories during their first year.  Rotations lasting 10-12 weeks provide students opportunities to evaluate laboratory research, mentorship style, and build close relationships. Following each rotation, students give talks describing their research to the community, receiving critical feedback on oral presentations.  

Annual Retreat

Our annual Neuroscience Retreat is held in the Fall in the nearby Rocky Mountains. The retreat features faculty and student research in talks and a poster session. An invited keynote speaker interacts extensively during the weekend. Free time for mountain biking, hiking, fishing, and other recreational activities promotes informal scientific conversations between students, faculty, and invited guests. New students are integrated into the community, learn about research opportunities, talk science, and have fun.


The Program supports the student-led Neuroscience Outreach Group (NOG) which spearheads numerous innovative programs. NOG collaborates with local schools, colleges, and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, TEDx, and runs a mentorship program to help craft graduate applications. NOG serves as a centerpiece for the neuroscience community.

An NIH ENDURE grant sponsors a summer research program to enhance diversity in neuroscience. The BRAiN program brings to campus highly motivated undergraduate students from backgrounds historically excluded based on race, ethnicity or ableism. 

Denver Museum of Nature and Science Demo
The Stanley Hotel
Graduate Student and girl at Museum

NSP Inclusivity Statement

Published 8/13/20

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:

  1. Promote an enriched environment for our program.
    1. Seminar Series includes speakers from underrepresented backgrounds.
    2. Annual Retreat pre-meeting (students only) on equity and inclusion issues.
    3. “Entering Mentoring” curricula provided to NSP faculty members.
    4. E&I section of NSP Newsletter to highlight opportunities and accomplishments of students of URM.
    5. Biannual trainings for faculty and students on E&I issues (e.g. Implicit Bias)
  2. Community-building activities designed to support students of color. (In progress, launching fall 2020).
    1. Social events (monthly lunch).
    2. Lunches with seminar speakers from underrepresented backgrounds.
    3. Preparation support for grants, supplements.
    4. Preparation support for presentations.
  3. Receive regular feedback from our Student Advisory Board for NSP Equity &Inclusion Committee.
  4. Support and encourage community groups with focus on diversity.
    1. Neuroscience Outreach Group (NOG)
    2. Black Student Collective
    3. SACNAS
    4. oSTEM
    5. wiSTEM
  5. Anonymous annual survey to solicit feedback from current students. (In progress, launching fall 2020).