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$56 application fee
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Neuroscience Training Program:
More than 160 applications for admission to the Program are received each year, and 10 students, on average, matriculate. Applications for summer or fall admission should be completed no later than December 1. Applications are reviewed in January and selected applicants are invited to campus for an interview weekend in February. Final admission decisions are made by the end of March and, in accordance with the Council of Graduate Schools (website) national deadline, applicants have until April 15 to respond to an offer of admission.
Admission to the Program is based mainly on demonstrated ability and interest in science and mathematics. The minimum course prerequisites are mathematics through calculus, and a year each of chemistry, physics, and biology. Prior laboratory research experience, while not required, is strongly recommended. The following materials are required:
Applications must be submitted electronically. Please consult the UW-Madison Graduate School web page for more information regarding electronic applications.
Reasons for Graduate Study.
The Neuroscience Training Program prepares students for careers in research and, therefore, it is important that applicants prepare a thoughtful statement of research interests and goals in addition to reasons for seeking graduate training in the Program. The matching of students with potential research advisors is an important consideration in admissions decisions. If you have not completed the course prerequisites and plan to do so before matriculation, please include this information in your statement. This statement may be submitted with the electronic application.
One official copy of all undergraduate and any previous graduate transcripts should be included. Electronic copies are not accepted.
Three Electronic Letters of Recommendation.
Letters should be from persons familiar with an applicant's academic and research abilities. Instructions for letters of recommendation are on the UW-Madison Graduate School web page.
Official Graduate Record Examination Scores.
GRE General Test is required. It is strongly recommended that a subject test also be taken because it is required for certain predoctoral fellowships (e.g., NSF). The examination should be taken prior to December so that scores will be available by December 1. In order to expedite the receipt of test scores directly by the Neuroscience Training Program, the Educational Testing Service has established specific transmittal codes. On the GRE registration form, use code number R1846 for "Institution" and 0213 for "Department Code".
Official TOEFL scores (applicants
who have not completed two semesters of college instruction in English).
On the TOEFL registration form, use code number 1846 for "Institution" and 30 for "Department Code".
Paper application materials should be directed to:
Neuroscience Training Program
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1300 University Avenue, Room 7225 MSC
Madison, WI 53706.
Prospective students are encouraged to communicate directly with faculty of interest. For questions regarding the admissions process, please contact the Program Administrator (call 608-262-4932, or email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Due to NIH training grant regulations, the Neuroscience Training Program is unable to directly fund international students. International applicants can be considered for admission if a faculty member is willing to directly admit them into their lab. International Prospective Applications should directly contact professors of interest to inquire about lab space and funding. A program faculty listing can be found on the Faculty Research page.
All program information on the website is up-to-date. If you have specific questions, please feel free to contact the program office.
A stipend that covers tuition, fees, living costs and health insurance is provided for all students accepted into the Program. Support is derived from training grant stipends, fellowships, and faculty research grants. Support is guaranteed for five years if progress is satisfactory. The University of Wisconsin-Madison also has a fellowship program of special interest to targeted under-represented minorities and educationally disadvantaged United States citizens or Permanent Residents. Consideration for financial aid is automatic with each application.
There are a number of training grants on campus that support graduate students in the Neuroscience Training Program. These include:
- Biotechnology Training Program
- Clinical Neuroengineering Training Program
- Respiratory Neurobiology Training Program
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