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Faculty Curricula Vitae
Selecting Your Research Adviser
The graduate adviser will be the student's primary
source of instruction and advice. Until a student selects a permanent
adviser, the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) will serve as interim
adviser. To assist in the selection of a research problem and a
research adviser, several activities have been arranged:
A. Laboratory Rotations
The exposure to new laboratory techniques and participation in active
research projects during the rotation allow the opportunity to become
acquainted with current research interests of individual faculty
members. There will be 4 laboratory rotations, each lasting ½
a semester (approximately 7 weeks). For a more complete description
of laboratory rotations, see the requirements page.
B. Faculty Curricula Vitae
A complete curricula vitae and bibliographies
of a faculty member can be requested from the program office.
Short descriptions of each faculty member's research can be found
on the Neuroscience Program's website: http://www.neuroscience.umn.edu/faculty/faculty.html
In addition, attending seminars (especially the weekly
Neuroscience Colloquium) is a good way to become acquainted with
faculty research interests.
C. Selecting your Research Adviser
1. Students are expected to use the laboratory rotations as the
major basis for choosing their research adviser. The actual selection
will take place during Spring Semester, to allow students time to
collect as much information as possible before making a decision.
Students should begin work in their chosen labs at the beginning
of the summer.
2. Factors to consider when choosing an adviser include: laboratory
research interests, laboratory space and equipment, rapport with
adviser, and funding availability.
3. Once an adviser has been chosen, both the student and adviser
must sign the following contract. http://www.neuroscience.umn.edu/CurStu/contract.pdf
D. Appointments of Graduate
The formal Graduate Committee is initially appointed in conjunction
with the filing of the Degree Program Transmittal (Form GS 89abc) no later than one term prior to your Preliminary Oral Exam. Students, in consultation with their advisors,
should submit to the DGS a list of suggested faculty for these committees.
This committee will generally serve as part of the preliminary oral
examination and final defense committee. In addition, this committee
will participate in the student's annual research reviews, to monitor
progress and provide advice about the thesis project. Degree Program
Forms are available in the Program office or can be downloaded from
the Graduate School website at http://policy.umn.edu/forms/otr/otr198.pdf
Each Ph.D. committee is composed of a minimum of four members:
three members (including student's adviser) from the major field,
and one representing the minor or supporting program fields. The
chair of the committee cannot be the student's adviser. The minor
or supporting program member must have a graduate faculty appointment outside of neuroscience (but can also have appointment in neuroscience
- in other words, he or she cannot have a graduate appointment only