Graduate Studies in Brain Science

Brown University provides a unique environment in which to pursue interdisciplinary brain science graduate training. Research at Brown emphasizes collaborative theoretical and experimental studies of the brain, from the molecular to the behavioral and cognitive levels. It unites researchers who study the fundamental mechanisms of nervous system function and those who seek to create devices with brain-like functions that can assist people. The faculty is also committed to translating fundamental knowledge into practical applications to the diagnosis and treatment of the devastating effects of disease and trauma of the nervous system. Brown is a leader in brain-related research and offers exceptional training and course work for those interested in pursuing careers in brain science. Brown faculty members teach numerous courses relevant to brain science.

The Brown Institute for Brain Science partners with a number of discipline-based graduate programs. Students interested in interdisciplinary brain science training enter through one of these graduate programs.

BIBS offers a number of opportunities for graduate students in any program to stretch beyond their discipline. BIBS lunches, which occur several times per semester, offer broad seminars and informal discussion led by Brown faculty members. Graduate students can also apply for BIBS graduate student awards, which support auxiliary training experiences, such as lab rotations outside of the home program or extra coursework. Through its Center for Vision Research, BIBS also runs an NIH training grant that supports interdisciplinary graduate training in vision research. BIBS also awards a number of pilot research grants each year, and graduate students are often involved in or initiate applications for these grants.

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BIBS-affiliated Graduate Programs include: