A few days ago

What were your experiences in graduate training in neuroscience?

I’m interested in getting my PhD in Neuroscience, and I’d like to know what the experience is like. I’d like to have an idea of what to expect in terms of workload, environment, curriculum, and all the other things I should know about but I just don’t know yet.

I’m aware that these things will naturally vary among universities, so I’d just like to know what things were like for you, or how it would be in general.

I’d also like to get some preparatory reading done. I tried reading The Computing Neuron and it just went way over my head. The most advanced reading I’ve had is my biopsychology textbook. Can you recommend anything to bridge the gap? I’d like to read up on all the subfields of neuroscience.

I’m looking forward to hear about your experiences and recommendations. Thanks much!

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You can get a better idea by talking to grad students in these programs at your local university. You can also get a look at the recommended reading list for various universities. Sometimes these are Online. If you see the same materials in a number of programs, read that material first, because it seems a safe bet.

5 years ago
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