May 152014
 

Question by Eszter: What are good graduate programs for systems neuroscience?
I’m going to apply for graduate school in a few years and my research interests lie in systems neuroscience, could you recommend graduate programs or professors for me to look in to? I am currently a neuroscience major at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Answer by Olga
There are very strong neuroscience programs in Northwestern University, UCSD, Columbia University, Oregon Health & Science University, and U of Michigan Ann Arbor.

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Dec 232013
 

Question by Said: Which universities have the best graduate programs in cognitive science?
By “cognitive science”, I mean the interdisciplinary study of how information is represented and transformed in the brain. The disciplines whose overlap I’m particularly interested in are philosophy, (cognitive, developmental and evolutionary) psychology, neuroscience and linguistics. Alternatively, I’d like to know of graduate programs in philosophy or psychology that study (interdisciplinarily) how information is represented and transformed in the brain.

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Answer by ALWAYS FIGHT BACK
UCLA in California is good

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Oct 122013
 

Question by Dy699: How long do SKYPE INTERVIEWS for graduate studies last?
I am applying for masters in Neuroscience and the university decided to interview me on Skype.
-How long will the interview be (approx.)?
-What type of questions should I expect?
-What can I ask them?

Thanks!

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Answer by JQuick
Nobody can answer your questions except the person who will be interviewing you, or perhaps the administrative secretary of the department for that graduate program. If you don’t answer the questions very well, the interview might not last very long at all. These interviews are often focused on how well you are prepared to handle the program, to compare you to other candidates, to judge your verbal communication ability, and to see if the program is a good match for you. Expect to explain why you picked that program compared to similar programs at other universities. You should study the specific interests and research areas of all the faculty in the program and be able to discuss each professor by name that focuses on topics that match your interests. If a few professors are particularly good for your research topics, then do your homework on them by reading all of their most important papers and publications well enough to discuss the topics intelligently. Your preparation (or lack of it) will show very quickly in the interview. Many students do not prepare extensively for interviews, so doing this research could set you apart from the rest of the applicants. Professors want highly motivated graduate students that they can use to the research work for them, so that they can get most of the credit.

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Mar 142013
 

Question by Anna: Is it impossible to get accepted into Graduate school in Psychology with a 2.5 GPA?
I graduated in 2008 with my BS degree. I have three years of research lab experience and strong LOR’s from my professors. I am interested in studying cognitive psychology or neuroscience. I wish I studied harder as an undergrad, but I didn’t think then that it was so important to maintain a high GPA.

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Answer by MomSezNo
Probably. Consult one of the grad program guidebooks to see what the GPA stats are for different programs.

Why would you think it wouldn’t be important to maintain a high GPA? In college, your job is to study and learn; a high GPA is evidence of your ability to do your job well.

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Jan 072013
 

Question by Katharine D: Which candidate do you believe does the best for graduate students?
I will be completing my graduate education, doing my postdoc, and starting my career as a professor of neuroscience when the next president or two is/are in office.

Who, in your opinion, does the most for academia, especially faculty? I cannot find any history on the presidential candidates’ policies on academia.

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Answer by chicagolove
That’s not a hot topic issue so it won’t be disscussed as much, but Bush has done a lot to try to improve education.

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Nov 132012
 

Question by Said: Which universities have the best graduate programs in cognitive science?
By “cognitive science”, I mean the interdisciplinary study of how information is represented and transformed in the brain. The disciplines whose overlap I’m particularly interested in are philosophy, (cognitive, developmental and evolutionary) psychology, neuroscience and linguistics. Alternatively, graduate programs in philosophy or psychology that study (interdisciplinarily) how information is represented and transformed in the brain.

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Answer by Emily M
Indiana University has such a program. I don’t know how it ranks compared to others. Check the research interests of the faculty to see how they compare with your own.

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Nov 092012
 

Question by Blahbity: How to find the % of students from a college that are accepted into graduate programs?
I have to decide whether to attend Boston University, University of Pittsburgh, and University of Rochester before May 1st.
I would like to see the percentage of students from those colleges who are successfully apply to graduate schools. If possible, I would like the data for neuroscience/brain and cognitive majors, or at least from the college of arts and sciences.
I found data for all the UR students from it’s Career Center website, but not the specific data.

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Answer by L
Honestly, you may just have to call the university’s department and ask specifically. They are unlikely to put that information online since it is very specific and somewhat personal.

You can probably go to the department’s website for each school, however, and find their post-graduation statistics.

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Jul 192012
 

Question by somegirl: Are there any graduate programs to study Neurology or neuroscience?
I’m a biology student but do not have the gpa for med school (3.5). I am interested in research and maybe working with biotechnology.

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Answer by Marie
I have no idea what the other poster is going on about. ;-)

There are graduate programs in both, yes. You can take a master’s or PhD in neuroscience. (Probably in neurology too, although I do tend to think of that as the medical specialty.)

FWIW, 3.5 is not necessarily going to keep you out of med school, if that is what you really want to do–though if your interest is research you may indeed be a better candidate for a PhD. Talk to your guidance office or a teacher you trust. But don’t let one number convince you that anything is out of the question.

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Jan 112012
 

Question by CentralSet: How many publications should a graduate student (5 year program) shoot for in a neuroscience program?
One publication good? Or should I go for like 8?

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Answer by eri
That depends on many, many factors. In my PhD program (physics) students at top universities might have 10 by the time they graduate, while students from lower-ranked programs might have only 1 (I’m talking first-author publications). Students who joined collaborations will have many more co-authored publications than students who didn’t, but that doesn’t make their work any better. It’s not all about the number.

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Dec 032011
 

Question by nessa1271: Can I get into a good graduate neuroscience program with a BS in psychology?
I’m debating between double-majoring in Biology and Psychology and just majoring in Psychology.

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Answer by Sugar Rush
Yes, as long as you take relevant courses and do well in them, you should be competitive without the double-major.

Although double-majoring in biology is a great option, unless there is a specific option to specialize in studying neurobiology, it would probably strengthen your application more to get research (and clinical) experience. You could do this by working as a research assistant in a lab that does neuroscience/neuropsychology. Also consider taking time between college and graduate school to be in a neuroscience lab. Graduate schools tend to really like students that come with relevant experience.

Good luck!!

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