Graduate training in Behavioral Neuroscience at Texas A&M University provides students with the opportunity to develop a close collaborative relationship with a primary advisor, meeting regularly to discuss current and ongoing research. An early emphasis on laboratory research allows graduate students in Behavioral Neuroscience the opportunity to disseminate their research findings to the larger scientific community.Graduate students in the program routinely receive research awards from the Office of Graduate Studies to provide additional support for their thesis and dissertation research. Students may also receive travel awards from the Psychology Department and Faculty of Neuroscience that allow for attendance and participation at prestigious scientific conferences. As a result, students typically graduate having published several scientific papers in addition to their Ph.D. dissertation.
It is not surprising, then, that graduates in Behavioral Neuroscience at TAMU have obtained faculty positions at other first-rate academic institutions (e.g., University of Arizona, University of Missouri, Kent State University), as well as prestigious post-doctoral fellowships (e.g., Columbia University, Yale, and UCLA).
In addition to extensive opportunities for laboratory research, the Behavioral Neuroscience program at TAMU provides formal classroom instruction in fundamental neuroscience, and in several specialty topics in biopsychology including neurobiology of learning and memory, drug addiction, neurotoxicology, recovery of neural function, psycho-neuroimmunology, cognitive neuroscience, and psychopharmacology.
Several courses offered in the University’s Medical College and Veterinary College are also available, allowing students to select from a broad range of topics in the neurosciences. Interdisciplinary training is available to students via an Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program in which members of the Behavioral Neuroscience faculty participate. This affiliation provides important opportunities for students to obtain funding for research projects, travel to professional meetings, and collaborate with other laboratories on campus.
The objective of the Behavioral Neuroscience training program is to prepare students for research and teaching positions in the traditional academic setting, as well as research scientist positions in government and industry. Students draw on the guidance, support, and expertise of faculty members in an environment that provides an excellent student/faculty ratio (2:1).
Core faculty members in Behavioral Neuroscience at Texas A&M University have garnered a strong national and international reputation and are recipients of significant scientific research grants. The standard of scholarship exhibited by the Behavioral Neuroscience faculty is also reflected in the high standards set for admission to the graduate program. Accepted students have an average GPA of 3.51 and GRE score of 1203.
The Behavioral Neuroscience program supports an active speaker series that each year brings to campus faculty members from other universities. This series provides exposure to different perspectives in the field and the opportunity to interact with professors at other institutions.