PHAR 5092 - Neuroscience  Research Practicum


Course Director: Dr. Julie Hensler (with Pharmacology and Neuroscience Track Mentors)


Semester(s) Offered: Summer


Credits: 1


Course Description:

Students must complete one research practicum. This is a full-semester research experience during the summer following the first year. Successful completion of the research practicum (grade of B or higher) and an evaluation report by the mentor that the student has clearly demonstrated the potential for productive and independent investigation is required for admission into candidacy.

At the beginning of the research practicum, the mentor will discuss the criteria that will be used to evaluate the performance of the student. The research project assigned should be hypothesis based and be able to be completed in 8 weeks. The research can be part of the student’s planned dissertation work.

Following the completion of the research practicum, students are required to write a short report (to be graded by the mentor with a copy provided to the Academic Programs Coordinator). This report should be (about 10 double-spaced, typewritten pages) in journal style (i.e. Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion). Students will also present a 10 minute talk (followed by 5 min for questions) to members of the Pharmacology and/or Neuroscience tracks, respectively. Students are encouraged to work with the mentor who will assist them in the preparation and organization of the oral presentation. It is important that the talk be designed to be 10 minutes. Students should practice their presentations to make sure they are completed in the allotted 10 min time.