Learning Outcomes for Anatomy & Neurobiology Ph.D.

The PhD program in Anatomy and Neurobiology trains graduate students to become proficient and successful investigators who are able to:

PLO 1. Core Knowledge

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of central concepts in the biomedical sciences
  • Understand the current concepts in neuroscience
  • Demonstrate specialized knowledge of neuroscience sufficient to carry out substantive independent research

PLO 2. Research Methods and Analysis. 

  • Formulate hypotheses based on current concepts in the field and
  • Design, conduct, and interpret their own research projects
  • Understand the range of tools appropriate for research in their neuroscience sub-field
  • Understand and follow research ethics

PLO 3. Pedagogy

  • Communicate effectively to large and small groups in pedagogical settings such as discussion formats (and also in lecture formats)
  • Identify and effectively deploy suitable technologies for use in all aspects of instruction

PLO 4. Scholarly Communication

  • Review and cogently discuss relevant literature and their significance.
  • Publish research results in peer-reviewed publications and in a dissertation
  • communicate research results effectively through oral presentations at scientific seminars, conferences, and other venues
  • Make clear and cogent oral presentations, including effective use of technology

PLO 5. Professionalism

  • Select appropriate conference venues for their neuroscience research (as well as application areas)
  • Write compelling abstracts describing their research for consideration at research conferences in neuroscience research, or appropriate application areas
  • Prepare talks (both short and long) suitable for presentation at a research conference
  • Make effective contributions to research teams and learning seminars
  • Make effective contributions to department, university, community, and professional service
  • Mentor junior researchers (e.g., undergraduates, beginning graduate students)

PLO 6. Independent Research

  • Develop their own research projects that meet high standards of theoretical and methodological rigor with lasting impact
  • Produce scholarship that is comparable in scope and format to articles that appear in leading peer-reviewed journals in neuroscience
  • Supervise junior researchers (e.g., high school students, undergraduates, beginning graduate students) effectively


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