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Neuroscience Graduate Program Ranked #9

Posted on July 8th, 2014
Congratulations to our Neuroscience faculty and students. Our program has been ranked as one of the top 10 Neuroscience Programs at “according to students enumerating the best graduate programs in the country in a variety of fields based solely on ratings and reviews from current or recent graduate students.” reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms.  These program rankings cover a period from September 1, 2012 to April 15, 2014. assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school.  Rankings cover a variety of student topics such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid and quality of network.
For a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories.  These scores are then compared across all ranked schools for that program and are translated into a final ranking for that graduate program, i.e., “business and management”.  A given graduate program is not ranked until a minimum threshold of graduate student surveys is completed for that program.
The Top 25 Neuroscience Programs are listed below:
  1. The Ohio State University
  2. Emory University
  3. Brandeis University
  4. University of California, San Diego
  5. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  6. Baylor College of Medicine
  7. Harvard University
  8. Georgia State University
  9. Wake Forest University
  10. Princeton University
  11. Medical College of Wisconsin
  12. Oregon Health & Science University
  13. Florida State University
  14. Stanford University
  15. University of Vermont
  16. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  17. New York University
  18. University of Pennsylvania
  19. University of Maryland, Baltimore
  20. Johns Hopkins University
  21. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  22. University of Cincinnati
  23. Texas A&M University
  24. University at Buffalo, State University of New York
  25. Columbia University

WNCSfN Travel Award Winner – Zhou!

Posted on June 27th, 2014

xzhouPlease join me in congratulating Xin Zhou for being selected for nomination by the Western North Carolina Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience for SfN’s Graduate Student Travel Award.

Dr. Christos Constantinidis is Xin’s thesis advisor.

Neuroscience Program Teacher and Mentor Awards

Posted on June 27th, 2014

stanfordPlease join us in congratulating Dr. Terry Stanford on receiving both the 2014 Neuroscience Program Teaching AND Mentor Awards.

The students in the Neuroscience Program solicit nominations for each award and ballots are created.  First and second year students vote for the teaching award and senior students vote for the mentor award.  Receiving both awards is an indication of the extent of Terry’s service to the students and program.   

Congratulations, Dr. Stanford!

Heiligenberg Student Travel Award – Congrats Byron!

Posted on June 9th, 2014

Van NestPlease join us in congratulating Byron Van Nest for being awarded the Heiligenberg Student Travel Award to attend the International Congress of Neuroethology in Sapporo, Japan next month. Additionally, his poster abstract was selected for a presentation at one of the symposia at the meeting.

Clinician-Scientist Program

Posted on June 3rd, 2014

galberto[1]Greg Alberto, an MD/PhD Neuroscience student, has been chosen to participate in the NINDS/AUPN/ANA/CNS “Combining Clinical and Research Careers in Neuroscience” course to be held June 27–28, 2014 at the JW Marriott located in Washington, DC.   

The goals of this course are to:
1) encourage medical students with neuroscience research training to pursue clinical training (with special emphasis on neurology) and choose clinician-scientist careers;
2) describe and discuss strategies for successfully melding clinical and research careers;
3) discuss the satisfaction and power of a combined clinical and research career;
4) describe and discuss sources of and strategies for obtaining training and research support; and
5) provide an opportunity for students to meet academicians who have successfully combined clinical and research careers in neuroscience.

Congratulations Greg !!!

Molina Selected to Attend BRAINS Symposium

Posted on June 3rd, 2014

DorisMolinaPhD[1]Please join us in congratulating Doris Molina who was selected to attend the 2014 BRAINS Symposium.  Doris is a postdoc with Dr. Dwayne Godwin.   

Broadening the Representation of Academic Investigators in NeuroScience (BRAINS), a program based at the University of Washington, is designed to accelerate and improve the career advancement of neuroscience postdoctoral scholars and assistant professors from underrepresented groups.

Participants will gain a stronger sense of career self-efficacy through a combination of symposia, peer networks, mentoring relationships, and career consultations over a two-year period. The long-term goal of BRAINS is to increase diversity in academic and scientific leadership in neuroscience-related fields.

To learn more about BRAINS, see

Congratulations, Doris!

Congrats Postdoc Zeidan!

Posted on May 29th, 2014

fadel_zeidanPlease join us in congratulating Fadel Zeidan for receiving the Mitchell Max Award for Research Excellence at the 9th Annual NIH Pain Consortium Symposium on Advances in Pain Research.  

The NIH Pain Consortium Symposium is a high impact meeting that takes place on the NIH campus and brings together the best of both intramural and extramural scientists as well as NIH Program Officers.

Congrats Kromrey – Research Course at NIH Clinical Center!

Posted on May 12th, 2014

KromreyPlease join me in congratulating Sarah Kromrey. Sarah was one of 30 students chosen nationwide for the Clinical and Translational Research Course for Ph.D. Students at the NIH Clinical Center to be held this summer.

Congratulations to Sarah, and also to her advisors Mike Nader and Paul Czoty!

Fetterhoff Awards, Congrats!

Posted on May 12th, 2014

dfetterhPlease join us in congratulating Dustin Fetterhoff!

Dustin has won a Travel award to attend the International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS) conference this summer at Lake Maggiore, Baveno, Italy. 


Dustin has also recently learned that he was accepted to attend the Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience (ACCN) to be held at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Sciences.

Congratulations to Dustin and also to his advisors, Rob Hampson and Sam Deadwyler.

Kromrey Wins Poster Award at ASPET

Posted on May 5th, 2014

KromreySarah Kromrey won the Behavioral Pharmacology Division’s Best Graduate Student Poster award at the annual meeting of the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET).

Congratulations, Sarah!