As a trainee, you will:
1) perform research in a lab
2) take at least one specialized course
3) take the “Responsible Conduct in Research” short course offered each Spring.
4) attend program activities
5) fulfill reporting requirements.
You must commit 20 hours per week to the program and its related activities; these 20 hours may include the required course as well as coursework necessary to complete your major.
You will work in a lab to do research in computational neuroscience. Such research involves regular meetings with your mentor(s), reading papers, setting goals, doing mathematical calculations, doing computer simulations, interpreting the results, and documenting the results. Work may also include doing experiments, depending on the project. You will also be part of the lab community, meaning that you will get to attend lab meetings and learn from others in a lab. Research in a lab sometimes results in a scientific paper on which you are an author. Your mentor will commit to providing high-quality mentorship, including meeting individuallly with you on a regular basis, and attending program activities with you.
Program activities consist of the Swartz computational neuroscience seminar (about once a month), the Swartz journal club (dissecting a paper by the speaker, right before the Swartz seminar), cross-level seminars (tutorials, presentation practice, writing workshops, other professional development), and the annual NYU Computational Neuroscience Symposium.