Who should apply?

We encourage applications from students with a strong undergraduate background in biology, psychology or the physical sciences. We look for students who have achieved in science course work as undergraduates and/or who have performed at a high level in independent study, research or work. We admit young scientists of great promise and teach them to be excellent scientists and life-long learners. We receive over 175 applicants each year and offer admission to 15-20 applicants.

Admission Criteria

Applicants should submit an electronic application through the Graduate School. Indicate on the application that you are applying to “The Graduate Program in Neurobiology.”

To request an application fee waiver, please contact Dr. Alan Kendrick ( and copy Ms. Stacy Torian (

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Financial Aid

Each student accepted into the program is guaranteed full financial assistance for six years as long as they remain in good standing. For the 2016-2017 academic year, the award comprised a personal stipend of $30,310 plus tuition, registration fee, recreation fee, health insurance and the student health service fee. First and second year students without outside support for travel also receive an $800 travel award per year for travel expenses for meetings. Support comes from various sources, including the department’s NIH predoctoral training grant, departmental funds, and university and endowment fellowships. After the second year, most students are supported by the research grants of their thesis advisor. If tuition waivers become taxable income, we will do everything in our power to mitigate the financial impact on our students.

External Funding

Although we guarantee financial support for our students, we also expect them to participate in the search for funds. We work with our students to develop strong applications for funding from external sources. Some external funding sources are:


Greg D. Field, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Neurobiology

Court Hull, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurobiology