Jul 24, 2019  
2018-2019 Augusta University Catalog 
2018-2019 Augusta University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Neuroscience

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About the Neuroscience Program

The Neuroscience program combines resources in clinical and basic neuroscience to teach psychiatric and neurological diseases, developmental neurobiology, sensory, motor and regulatory systems, cognitive neuroscience, and cellular and molecular neuroscience.  Over 40 neuroscientists participate in the interdisciplinary graduate neuroscience program to provide research opportunities including neurological diseases, learning and memory, synaptic plasticity, stem cell research, neuronal migration, neuronal regeneration, receptor trafficking, vision, neuroendocrinology, and drugs of abuse. For more information please visit the Biomedical Sciences PhD website at http://www.augusta.edu/gradstudies/biomed/ or the Neuroscience website at: http://www.augusta.edu/mcg/dnrm/neuroscience/message_dir.php

Admissions Information

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information: http://www.augusta.edu/admissions/graduate/phd-biomedical.php

Graduate Research Assistantships

Students accepted into the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program are eligible to receive a Graduate Research Assistantship package, which provides a competitive annual stipend (currently set at $25,500 for the 2018/19 academic year), and a reduced tuition rate of $25 per semester. Graduate Research Assistants are also offered two health insurance plans and a portion or up to all (100%) of the single-person premium costs will be covered by Augusta University depending on the plan that is selected. Students are responsible for paying standard student fees (approximately $1,035 per semester).

Program Contact Information
Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Darrell Brann dbrann@augusta.edu

Year Two

The Doctor of Philosophy curriculum is not lock-step; students do not graduate as a class at the end of a specific semester. The average time to degree is approximately 5 years of full-time, year-round study; acceptable duration of the program is between 3 and 7 years. The number and type of advanced (2nd year and beyond) or elective courses vary, and may include courses within the Neuroscience program as well as courses in other disciplines.

Neuroscience Required Courses

Additional Requirements

Students must also take at least 2 hours of elective coursework. A highly recommended elective course is the NURO 8090 - Clinical Neuroscience course, which allows graduate students to obtain translational neuroscience perspective by shadowing clinicians in the clinics. Other approved elective courses are listed in the Program’s Handbook or can be obtained from the Program Director.

In addition to specific course requirements, students must complete additional PhD degree requirements, including satisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination, development and approval of a research proposal, writing and approval of the doctoral dissertation, and satisfactory performance on the Final Oral Examination (dissertation defense). See PhD Student Guide for additional requirements and details.

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