´╗┐´╗┐This image shows some of the major the visual pathways of the brain tracked using diffusion imaging analysis. The pathways are arbitrarily color coded. (Submitted by the Rokers lab)

Program Highlights

The University of Wisconsin-Madison offers the Ph.D. degree in neuroscience through the Neuroscience Training Program. The Program is directed by a Steering Committee comprised of 10 faculty members and two student representatives. The Program offers a Ph.D. degree in neuroscience, and progress toward this degree follows regular Graduate School guidelines. Students admitted to the M.D./Ph.D. degree program, which is sponsored in cooperation with the Medical School, may complete the Ph.D. portion of their program in the Neuroscience Training Program.  We have also established a double degree Neuroscience and Public Policy program in collaboration with the UW LaFollette School of Public Affairs and the UW Law School. Students in these tracks can earn a Master's of Public Affairs in either domestic or international public policy, or earn a J.D. degree while also getting a Ph.D. in neuroscience (see http://npp.wisc.edu).  Faculty members of the Program come from various departments on campus, including Anesthesiology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Comparative Biosciences, Genetics, Kinesiology, Medical Physics, Medical Sciences, Neurology, Neurological Surgery, Neuroscience, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Pathobiological Sciences, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Psychology, and Zoology. 

Faculty in the Program offer graduate research training of remarkable diversity spanning the entire breadth of modern neuroscience, from molecular through systems and cognitive, and involving applications that range from single-celled organisms to humans. This broad research scope is coupled with a commensurate level of freedom in reaching educational goals. For example, there are very few specific course requirements for the Ph.D. degree; instead, each student's training is tailored to meet individual needs. The Program is best suited for students who are independent, who want to play a role in determining their graduate education, and who wish to combine concepts and techniques from different areas of neuroscience in their research. Program graduates go on to successful careers in academia, industry, medicine or in government.