Support from the Training Program is open to students admitted to the home departments of any of the Core Faculty members in the program, as well as the interdisciplinary NACS program. Trainees fulfill course and other requirements imposed by their home department (department or program in which they are to receive their doctorate). However, since course requirements for graduate education in participating departments is generally minimal, trainees have the freedom to take the course of study prescribed by the Training Program and include these in the requirements for the doctoral degrees in their home departments. The formal requirements for the doctoral degree are defined by our Graduate School, and most of our trainees will be on basically the same time-line for completing thesis proposals and examinations.
Since students entering the Training Program may come from a variety of departments and program backgrounds, they are also likely to have some variation in the courses they will have taken. The Training Program does not impose an excessive number of courses on trainee. The only courses specifically required of a trainee are Fundamentals of Hearing and Responsible Conduct of Scientific. Trainees with no prior course work in evolution are required to take one of several courses on this topic offered annually in the department of biology. We also require a seminar in translational.
Potential trainees (e.g., students in their first two years at UMD and who start to work in the labs of Training Program faculty) are encouraged to take additional courses in neuroscience and related areas via the NACS program. Courses from the following group are particularly encouraged: Systems Neuroscience (NACS 641), Cognitive Neuroscience (NACS 642), Computational Neuroscience (NACS 643), and Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (NACS 644). Students also have the opportunity to take a wide range of courses given on campus in neuroscience-related areas, and will be advised to enroll in doctoral-level seminars in translational auditory research.
For more information: Pre-Doctoral training.
The goals for postdoctoral training parallel those of predoctoral training. However, since the next step for postdoctoral trainees is to enter a career that will involve independent research and, very likely, broader academic pursuits, we have the additional goal of providing fellows with more extensive professional skills that will enable them to compete successfully as they enter the job market following their postdoctoral training.
For more information: Post-Doctoral training.