Additional Activities

The program offers numerous opportunities for students to gain valuable experience in communicating scientific concepts and findings, which are essential skills for a future career in biomedical research. In some cases, these entail structured courses or seminars, but in many cases experience comes through community-wide events where students also form important connections with other neuroscientists at NYU and receive valuable feedback on their research projects. Given that there are many chances to present, students are expected to take advantage of at least one of these each year.


Seminars and Meetings

Joint Neuroscience Colloquia

Monday afternoons, the NYU neuroscience community convenes for a seminar series that features distinguished speakers from around the world. The Center for Neural Science (CNS) and neuroscience groups within the Medical Center have jointly sponsored this venture for over a decade and it has become the keystone for building collaborations across the University.

 

Weekly Neuroscience Group Meeting

Every Wednesday at noon, neuroscientists from the School of Medicine gather to hear graduate students and postdocs present their research. Students are strongly encouraged to attend weekly group meeting and are required to present at least once prior to their thesis defense.

 

Swartz Seminar

Each week, CNS hosts this series focusing on computational and theoretical neuroscience.

 

Neuroseconomics Colloquium

Every other week, invited speakers lecture on current research on decision-making at the boundaries of neuroscience, economics and psychology.

 

CNS Symposia

Since 1991, CNS has organized and hosted a biennial international symposium in neuroscience, which brings scholars from the finest laboratories in the world to New York University for a two to four-day conference. These highly successful meetings jointly satisfy the goals of bringing together the best workers in a particular field, and of providing a grand synthesis of the current state of that field for both practitioners and amateurs of the neural sciences.

 

Uptown/Downtown Poster Sessions

At the beginning of the academic year, the program hosts an Open House called Uptown/Downtown for incoming graduate students. It features brief student talks followed by a poster session featuring work from labs from both the Washington Square and and reception. In the winter students from both campuses take part in poster sessions to help recruit new graduate students to NYU.

 

Annual Neuroscience Retreat

Every 12 – 18 months, the School of Medicine holds a Neuroscience Retreat at the Mohonk Mountain House, a 2-hour drive north of the City, for all members of the NYU neuroscience community. Faculty and students present their work through short talks and posters and take time out to enjoy the outdoors.

 

CNS Retreat

In alternate years, the Center for Neural Science sponsors a weekend retreat at which research presentations are blended with informal discussion groups and social activities in a pleasant rustic setting.

 

Interview Weekends

The graduate program typically holds two interview weekends for prospective students interested in joining the program. During the interview process, current students interface with prospective students during poster sessions, meals with faculty, and more informal activities.

 

Student/Postdoc Forum

SPF is a weekly journal club open to all neuroscience grad students and postdocs. Each week a different person presents a paper of their choice in an informal setting. Occasionally they hold “special” SPFs, including PowerPoint Karaoke or a quick series of science-structured-talks-about-non-science-topics.

 


Classes

Scientific Methods: Survival Techniques for Young Investigators in Biomedical Research

This one -day seminar, required of all first year graduate students, deals with practical issues, such as how to get (any) laboratory techniques to work reproducibly and predictably; how to read a paper actively, rather than passively; how to pick a research project; how to write a scientific paper; and how to be an effective seminar speaker.

 

Scientific Integrity and the Responsible Conduct of Research

The NIH mandates that biomedical graduate students be trained in the responsible conduct of research. As such, all program 1st year graduate students take this short-course during their Spring semester. Students are assigned to sections and are responsible for required readings and participating in discussion sessions. Case studies will be presented each week by senior graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows. To evaluate the student's comprehension and retention of information presented during the course, a written final examination must be passed. Attendance is closely monitored throughout the course.

 

Grant Writing for Scientists

The Sackler program offers a Spring short-course on grant writing, organized in large part as a workshop. Through it, students will learn about all aspects of grant writing, including selecting appropriate funding mechanisms, writing individual grant sections, and understanding administrative policies.

 


Career Development

Navigating your Career Path

Navigating your Career Path is a series of informational events and workshops hosted by the NYU Neuroscience Institute to prepare our scientists for opportunities in academia, industry, and beyond. Started in 2014, this new series is being developed with the input of students, postdocs, and faculty to provide the necessary skills to navigate today’s job market.  Our first three workshops included: The Academic Job Search, Data Management and The Peer Review Process.

 

Wasserman Center for Career Development

Located at Washington Square, the Wasserman Center for Career Development offers programs from resume writing workshops to job. Specific programs tailored for graduate students focus on the academic search and grant applicatons.

 

NYU Science Training Enhancement Program (STEP)

The STEP program aims to increase the awareness of NYU graduate students and postdoctoral scholars about the realities of the job market and shorten the amount of time spent in training. The STEP program is a cooperative venture between New York University (NYU) Washington Square and NYU Langone Medical Center and therefore takes advantage of the unique strengths and characteristics of our entire university. This program was created in response to an NIH grant and NYU was one of the ten universities that was awarded this grant. With its comprehensive training infrastructure and defined career planning, NYU STEP's 3-phase program provides a tailored program by helping each trainee identify career goals and providing resources to pursue them. Recent workshops have included Your Authentic Career Vision and Adaptability: Creating Your Unique Path and Confident Communicators of Science. Find out more about the program online.

 


Other Programs

NOGN- Neuroscience Outreach Group at NYU

NOGN coordinates outreach efforts and forms partnerships with organizations throughout NYU and New York City.  These partnerships and the dedication of nearly 100 scientist volunteers have allowed NOGN to have a large impact from the onset of the program. Classroom visits, Brain Awareness Week Programs and new initiatives like Brains and Brews mean there are many opportunities to get involved.

 

Neuwrite Downtown

Neuwrite integrates the scientific and science communication communities through events, talks, and a monthly workshop in order to create excellent and compelling science journalism and art. Founded by a graduate student with the support of faculty and administration from both campuses, Neuwrite is an excellent example of the type of initiative that our administration encourages.

 

Growing up in Science

Growing up in Science is a conversation series at New York University that is not about science, but about becoming and being a scientist. How do you deal with your own and others' expectations, and with impostor syndrome? How do you keep yourself motivated? Faculty members will share their stories and invite you to join a conversation about the human factors that are universal undercurrents of working in academia but that too often remain unspoken.  More information about the series and the faculty speakers who have shared their story can be found on the website.

 

New York University Biotechnology Association

The NYUBA is a student-run organization from the NYU School of Medicine. Our objective is to educate graduate students and post-doctoral researchers about the applications of biomedical science to multifaceted disciplines including industry, business, law, and translational research. The majority of graduate programs prepare students exclusively for careers in academia, with little or no focus on understanding alternative applications of their education. The NYUBA is dedicated to informing and encouraging the greater NYU community about the diverse application of their academic expertise.

 

New York University Entrepreneurial Institute

Founded in 2012, the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute leads a university-wide initiative to accelerate the pace of technology commercialization and the launch of successful startups founded by NYU's 60,000 students, faculty and researchers. The Institute's team of startup experts and thought leaders offers educational programming, events, resources, and funding, via the NYU Innovation Venture Fund, to inspire, educate, connect, and accelerate entrepreneurs across NYU.