Additional Activities

The program offers numerous opportunities for students to gain valuable experience in communicating scientific concepts and findings, which are essential skills for a future career in biomedical research. In some cases, these entail structured courses or seminars, but in many cases experience comes through community-wide events where students also form important connections with other neuroscientists at NYU and receive valuable feedback on their research projects.

Given that there are many chances to present, students are expected to take advantage of at least one of these each year.

Weekly Neuroscience Group Meeting

Every Wednesday at noon, neuroscientists from the School of Medicine gather to hear graduate students and postdocs present their research. Students are strongly encouraged to attend weekly group meeting and are required to present at least once prior to their thesis defense.

Fall Open House

At the beginning of the academic year, the program hosts an Open House for incoming graduate students. It features brief overviews from a small number of faculty members followed by a poster session and reception.

Annual Neuroscience Retreat

Every year, the School of Medicine holds a Neuroscience Retreat at the Mohonk Mountain House, a 2 hour drive north of the City, for all members of the NYU neuroscience community. Faculty and students present their work through short talks and posters and take time out to enjoy the outdoors.

Interview Weekends

The Sackler Graduate Program holds a number of interview weekends for prospective students interested in joining the program. The Neuroscience & Physiology program will typically participate in two weekends. During the interview process, current students interface with prospective students during poster sessions, meals with faculty, and more informal activities.

Scientific Methods: Survival Techniques for Young Investigators in Biomedical Research

This one day seminar, required of all first year graduate students, deals with practical issues, such as how to get (any) laboratory techniques to work reproducibly and predictably; how to read a paper actively, rather than passively; how to pick a research project; how to write a scientific paper; and how to be an effective seminar speaker.

Scientific Integrity and the Responsible Conduct of Research

The NIH mandates that biomedical graduate students be trained in the responsible conduct of research. As such, all Sackler program 1st year graduate students take this short-course during their Spring semester. Students are assigned to sections and are responsible for required readings and participating in discussion sessions. Case studies will be presented each week by senior graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows. To evaluate the student's comprehension and retention of information presented during the course, a written final examination must be passed. Attendance is closely monitored throughout the course.

Grant Writing for Scientists

The Sackler program offers a Spring short-course on grant writing, organized in large part as a workshop, that is required of 2nd year graduate students, though it is also open to more senior graduate students or postdocs who are in the process of writing a grant. Through it, students will learn about all aspects of grant writing, including selecting appropriate funding mechanisms, writing individual grant sections, and understanding administrative policies.

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