What does NACS stand for?
Neuroscience and Cognitive Science
What kind of undergraduate classes do I need to take in order to be considered for admission to NACS?
Most students who apply to our program have taken courses in neuroscience, biology, psychology, and math. The academic coursework is dependent in many cases on the research that you are interested in doing during your graduate studies.
Do I need to have an advisor in place before I apply to the program?
No. However, in order for you to be recommended for admission to the program, a NACS faculty member must be willing to serve as your advisor.
How many applications do you typically receive, and how many students do you typically admit?
NACS receives around 60 applications and we enroll 8-10 students each year.
What can I do to be a strong candidate for the program?
Strong applicants have taken a broad selection of neuroscience coursework (spanning molecular, systems, and cognitive approaches) and courses in math and biology. They also have research experience. In addition, they have a sense of their own research interests, which they clearly articulate in their personal statement. Finally, they have strong letters of recommendation.
How will I be funded?
A student is not accepted into the NACS program--regardless of qualifications--unless there is reasonable guarantee of full financial support for that student for five years. Financial support is available from a number of sources, including teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships. Students do not teach in their first year. NACS strongly encourages students to apply for external funding. NACS has a Grants Development Specialist who can help with the applications.
Does NACS offer lab rotations?
Lab rotations are not mandatory. Students can rotate between two labs during their first year if both advisors agree.
Does NACS offer a part-time program?
No. NACS accepts only full-time graduate students. The complexity and depth of the neuroscience and cognitive sciences require full-time study to successfully complete doctoral-level research.
What is the average time to degree for students in the NACS program?
The average time to degree is 5.5 years.
Does NACS have a master's program?
No. NACS does not have a master's program.
Does NACS have a summer internship program?
No. Students interested in internships can contact the NACS faculty directly to see if they have openings in their labs.
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