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PhD Faculty Mentors

  1. After the first year of the IGPBS, during which time students have ample opportunity for exposure to research programs, students must choose a mentor in whose neuroscience lab they will do their dissertation research. Choosing a faculty mentor in Neuroscience can include faculty in any University Department, and the affiliation of the faculty member with their respective department will influence the some of the coursework for the student. The primary advisor for students after this selection is their research mentor. See the list below for possible mentors
  2. The student will also receive guidance from the Neuroscience Graduate Studies Committee until the completion of the comprehensive examination (see below). The Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee is the program’s representative on the IGPBS board that administered your admission to the IGPBS.
  3. In addition to the Director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Studies Committee, the departmental Chairman from the faculty member’s departmental affiliation is available to advise you (best make an appointment), and you may ask advice from other faculty as well.
  4. After your second year of study, in collaboration with your Research Mentor and the Neuroscience Graduate Studies Committee, you will choose a Comprehensive Examination committee that will help prepare you to pass your Candidacy requirements, and may later serve as your Dissertation Research Committee. The Comprehensive Examination is an Office of Graduate Studies requirement designed to assure that the student has attained the basic knowledge base and ability to plan and execute a dissertation research project before progression to the position of Candidate for the Ph.D. degree.
  5. In the event that the student and/or mentor believe that the working relationship between them has significant problem(s), the Neuroscience Graduate Studies Committee should be notified immediately. The committee will gather information about the problem and will advise the student and his/her mentor in an attempt to resolve the problem. If the problem cannot be resolved, an option is to modify the choice of mentor. Any such change must be made in consultation with the Neuroscience Graduate Studies Committee.

KU Medical Center (KUMC) Neuroscience Faculty

KU Lawrence (KU-L) Neuroscience Faculty

Last modified: Jan 28, 2021
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