Our neuroscience graduate students have many resources available to help them maximize their success, stay healthy, and get involved in the greater neuroscience community at Georgia State. See below for more information about how to make the best of your neuroscience graduate degree, both in and out of the classroom.
Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research Programs
Application Deadlines: March 15 and October 1 annually
Georgia State URSA (University Research Services & Administration) website for a list of potential sources of fellowships.
These documents describe requirements for earning an advanced degree in Neuroscience from the Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State University. Graduate students in the Neuroscience Institute and their advisors are expected to be familiar with all of the requirements, policies, and procedures described herein. Two things of note:
- Students and their advisors are also responsible for knowing and complying with the policies and requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences as described in the Graduate Catalog.
- In general, students must adhere to the course requirements and other requirements in effect when they enroll, as described in the edition of the NI Graduate Program Policy Manual that corresponds to the year they entered. Students may elect, however, to be governed by a later edition of the NI Graduate Program Policy Manual. To do so, they must submit a request in writing to the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS, Daniel Cox).
The Brains & Behavior Area of Focus is an interdepartmental program that promotes research collaborations and dialog through graduate courses, lectures, grants, and much more. Researchers and students involved in this program span across the following departments:
- Computer Science
- Mathematics & Statistics
- Physics & Astronomy
The central components of this program are the Brains & Behavior
There are so many career options for trained scientists, in and out of academia.
We all know the way to go about finding academic positions, but what else is out there? This section may be helpful to any Ph.D. students seeking employment in non-academic positions.
Q: What are my options?
Helpful articles for getting started on your search:
Q: Where do I get connected?
If you haven't already, then connect with your peers and future coworkers on:
Be a part of the Atlanta community and join the Atlanta Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience
Attend lectures and events throughout the city, be a part of science education in the community and connect with like-minded researchers, the people you meet can help you move forward.
Q: What types of jobs are available?
- Columbia University Center for Career Education has compiled an exhaustive list of potential opportunities.
- Visit our NGSA page for a summary of careers outside academia as a dynamic resource for job postings.
One of the first places that scientists and engineers look for opportunities outside of the academic environment is research in industry. These positions can be a great fit for someone who still enjoys the day-to-day work of research but is looking to do it in a different context. These positions are often highly competitive and sometimes require candidates to have a couple of years of postdoctoral experience. This is especially true in the biomedical sciences. Anyone searching for industry positions should take care to make sure their academic CV is transformed into something that looks more like a resume before submitting it. Use active verbs and concise descriptions of your research so that a hiring manager can quickly get a sense of the work you’ve done.
Biomedical Research Education and Training (Video Interviews)
Visit Beyond the Lab @ Vanderbilt to learn more and check for new content.
Academic Core Facility Management
Rob Carnahan, PhD, Director of Antibody and Protein Resource Core Facility, Vanderbilt University
Mary Kosinski, PhD, Clinical Director, Nusirt Biopharma
Nuruddeen Lewis, PhD, Scientist, Cellular and Translational Immunology group, EMD Serono
Faculty (Research Focus)
Nikki Cheng, PhD, Cancer Biology, Principal Investigator, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center
Puck Ohi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Faculty (Teaching Focus)
Harold Olivey, PhD, Associate Professor, Biology, Indiana University Northwest
Karissa Culbreath, PhD, Scientific Director, Tricore Laboratories
Seth Ogden, PhD, JD, Attorney, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, and Dunner
Sydika McKissic, PhD, Managing Director, Institute for Research on Men's Health, Vanderbilt University
Dina Stroud, PhD, Executive Director, Fisk-Vanderbilt Bridge Program, Research Scientist
Research Administration (Academic)
Andrea Bauman-Carnegie, PhD, Director of Administrative Operations, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, University of Illinois at Chicago
Tom Utley, Licensing Analyst at Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization, Vanderbilt University
Scientific, Technical Writing, and Publishing
- Partnership for Public Service
- Making the Difference
- Department of Defense
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- Department of Transportation
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Department of Energy
- Department of Agriculture
- Department of the Interior
- Department of Health and Human Services
- National Institutes of Health
- National Science Foundation
- Centers for Disease Control
- U.S. Agency for International Development
- Food and Drug Administration
- National Security Administration
- Department of State
- Central Intelligence Agency
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
Secondary School Teaching
Patents and Intellectual Property
PhDs who are hired as scientific advisors do not have to go to law school but are often expected to become patent agents and draft, prosecute, and secure patents. Some firms will pay for an employee’s law school for him or her to become a patent attorney. Look for law firms with a focus on intellectual property.
Advisor Designation Form
Course Auth Form
Annual Report Form
Annual Dissertation Committee Meeting Form
Nomination of Dissertation Committee
Nomination of Master's Committee
Master's Milestone Evaluation Form
PhD Milestone Evaluation Form
NI Grad Program Policy
Brains and Behavior Fellow Award Sheet
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