How do millions of individual neurons work together to give rise to behavior at the level of a whole organism? How do our brains work? Training researchers to answer these fundamental, unanswered questions is the goal of the Princeton Neuroscience Institute graduate program. Students in this program learn to use the latest techniques and approaches in neuroscience and are trained how to think and how to develop new techniques and approaches. Creativity and originality in research are essential to cracking the puzzle of the brain. Related Graduate Programs CSML Certificate Program QCN Program Contacts Graduate AdministratorAlexandra Michaud 609-258-9657 Director of Graduate StudiesProfessor Jonathan Pillow Director of Graduate AdmissionsAssociate Professor Tim Buschman Neuroscience Graduate Programs Ph.D in Neuroscience Joint Graduate Degree Certificate in Neuroscience FAQs Is teaching a requirement for the Neuroscience Ph.D. program? Yes. All students are expected to teach for two semesters. How could someone with a strong interest in Physics/Math/Engineering/Computer Science fit into the Neuroscience Ph.D. program? We strongly encourage such students to apply. Our program aims to draw undergraduates with strong quantitative backgrounds (e.g., majors in mathematics, physics, engineering and computer science, in addition to well-trained biology and psychology majors) into neuroscience. This allows them to continue to develop their quantitative skills in the context of a rigorous training in neuroscience. Students in the Quantitative and Computational Neuroscience track within the Neuroscience Ph.D. must fulfill all the requirements of the Neuroscience Ph.D. In addition, their electives should be in quantitative courses, and their Ph.D. research should be in quantitative and/or computational neuroscience. What is the Joint Degree Program in Neuroscience? The joint graduate degree program in Neuroscience is designed for currently enrolled Princeton graduate students that want to do a Ph.D. primarily based on another discipline, but with a neuroscience component. Students graduate with a Ph.D. degree in X and Neuroscience where X is their home department-- for example, Psychology and Neuroscience, or Molecular Biology and Neuroscience, or Philosophy and Neuroscience. Students apply to a home department and follow the Ph.D. rules and requirements of that home department. Further requirements to qualify for the Joint Degree in Neuroscience are: (1) one of the student's thesis committee members must be a member of the core PNI faculty; (2) the students' Ph.D. thesis research must have a significant neuroscience component; and (3) the student's advisor and the Directors of Graduate Studies of both the home department and Neuroscience should indicate their approval. Students may register for the Joint Degree when they pass their general exams. Which should I apply to? The Ph.D. in Neuroscience or the Joint Degree Program? The Ph.D. in Neuroscience is designed as an integrative Ph.D., running all the way from molecules to the human mind. Following this philosophy, students are required to take a year-long, very intensive, Core Course that goes from synapses and electrophysiology to human fMRI. If you are interested in being trained across the breadth of neuroscience, then the Neuroscience Ph.D. is for you. In contrast, if you are only interested in parts of this -- for example, you are studying viruses that infect neurons, your primary interest is in neurovirology, and it would be far better for you to learn how viruses infect cells than to learn about the difference between episodic memory and semantic memory, then the Joint Degree Program, with Molecular Biology as your home department, would be for you. Do you require applicants to submit GRE scores? We do not require GRE scores, however applicants have the option of submitting their test results as part of their application package. Do you accept international students? We do accept international students, however due to funding constraints, we are able to admit only a small number of international students each year. The Office of Disability Services (ODS) at Princeton University offers a range of services to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to Princeton's academic and extracurricular opportunities. The Disability Services staff is available to meet with prospective students who are visiting the campus and current students who have a disability or suspect they may have a disability. For more information, see the ODS website.