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Univ of Wisconsin-Madison Neuroscience Training Program. Stephen Johnson, DVM/PhD Assistant Professor of Comparative Biosciences Ron Kalil, PhD Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Ann Kelley, PhD Professor of Psychiatry Bob Pearce, MD/PhD Professor of Anesthesiology

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univ of wisconsin madison neuroscience training program

Univ of Wisconsin-Madison Neuroscience Training Program

Stephen Johnson, DVM/PhD

Assistant Professor of Comparative Biosciences

Ron Kalil, PhD

Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Ann Kelley, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry

Bob Pearce, MD/PhD

Professor of Anesthesiology

Heather Daniels, Administrator

CID Leadership Committee

Faculty:

Vaishali Bakshi, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Mary Behan, PhD

Professor of Comparative Biosciences

Cindy Czajkowski, PhD

Associate Professor of Physiology

Tim Gomez, PhD

Assistant Professor of Anatomy

Students:

Jason Berndt--4th year student

Erin Hanlon--4th year student

Rebekah Jakel--3rd year student(MD/PhD)

Aaron Nelson--2nd year student

Terri Schochet--5th year student

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The Program

Founded in 1971

Continuously-funded Training Grant for over 25 years

More than 90 faculty in 23 departments

Over 160 applications received each year

51 current students

99 Ph.D. degrees granted and over 90% of graduates remain in the biomedical sciences

first year introduction to discipline and program
First Year: Introduction to Discipline and Program
  • Meeting with Student Advisory Committee
  • New student luncheon
  • Neuroscience Picnic
  • Introductory coursework
    • Neuro610-Cellular and Molecular
    • Neuro611-Systems
  • Professional Development
  • Seminar and subgroup
  • Chalk Talks
introduction to the research enterprise
Introduction to the Research Enterprise
  • Chalk talks
  • 3 rotations (6-8 weeks each)
  • Choose major prof.
  • Advisory committee
    • Meets twice per year before preliminary exam
    • Once per year thereafter
  • Begin to collect preliminary data
additional instruction
Additional Instruction
  • Intermediate coursework
    • Emphasis on acquiring breadth
  • Advanced coursework
    • Determined by the advisory committee
  • Quantitative methods
  • Ethics subgroup
  • Teaching experience
  • Seminar and subgroups
significant transition
Significant Transition
  • Preliminary exam
    • Thesis proposal
    • Outside area paper
    • Oral defense to advisory committee
    • Oral presentation of thesis proposal to the NTP
dissertation and defense
Dissertation and Defense
  • Readiness
    • Certification forms
      • Part I. Coursework
      • Part II. Preliminary Exam
      • Part III. Teaching, Research Presentation, and Dissertation
    • Advisory committee decision
  • The dissertation
    • Written dissertation
      • Introduction (prelim thesis proposal)
      • Body (3-4 published or publishable manuscripts)
      • Concluding chapter
    • Public oral presentation
    • Closed defense
innovation
Innovation
  • Professional Development Course
    • Implemented in 1997
    • Seminar/discussion format
    • Meets 1 hour per week for one semester
    • Topics include:
      • Fellowship writing
      • Oral presentation
      • Lab selection
      • Evaluating research articles
      • Careers
novel idea
Novel Idea
  • Mentor/student expectations and feedback
    • Structured written evaluation
      • Of the student: Evaluation of specific skills, e.g. bench skills, experimental design, writing, oral communication, time management, etc.
      • Of the mentor: Evaluation of specific mentoring traits, e.g. one-on-one communication, constructive feedback, appropriate motivational pressures, encouragement of outside lab activities, modeling, etc.
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