Message from the Director

Welcome to the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) Graduate Program website! 

Our program offers cutting-edge interdisciplinary graduate training in seven research focus areas:    

  • Cellular & Molecular
  • Cognition & Emotion
  • Computational Modeling & Theory                                                
  • Development & Aging
  • Disorders & Treatment
  • Language & Speech
  • Sensory & Motor Systems

Within and across these focus areas, more than 130 faculty advisors lead internationally renowned research programs and mentor nearly 50 graduate students. Research activities are carried out in laboratories housed in 21 different departments and units across the university’s campus as well as at first-class neighboring research institutions such as the National Institutes of Health, Children's National Medical Center, and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. 

NACS graduate students are encouraged to work across traditional disciplines and to pursue research projects that are bold and translational. Our community of students, faculty, and staff enjoys the congenial and collaborative environment and the many exciting opportunities offered by the program. 

I encourage you to visit our Research page to gain an appreciation for the quality and diversity of the research activities that are available in NACS. You can also find both research interests of our faculty and methods applied in faculty laboratories using the search options available on our Homepage and Research page.

To learn more about the current students, the application process to our graduate program as well as the graduate program’s requirements, please visit our Students page.

If you are interested in seminars, events, and outreach associated with NACS, please visit the Activities page.

And of course, you are always invited to email us or visit us in person if you would like to learn more about NACS. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact our Administrative Assistant, Ms. Blaze Buck (bbuck@umd.edu) or our Assistant Director, Ms. Pam Komarek (pkomarek@umd.edu).  

Thank you for your interest in the NACS Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. We look forward to hearing from you.

Dr. Joshua Singer
NACS Director