Neuroscience Formal Seminar
Every Thursday afternoon, the faculty, students and postdoctoral fellows in the Neuroscience Program sponsor a formal seminar by a nationally or internationally renowned neurobiologist. The speakers are chosen to represent all areas of Neurobiology and include scientists at many different stages in their careers. The program makes a special effort to include scientists who have followed different paths in developing their careers, but have been successful in achieving success. For example, in addition to speakers from large research-focused universities, the series includes speakers from smaller universities and colleges as well as pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. The visiting lecturer spends two days at UCSF, during which he or she discusses scientific issues with professors. With students and postdoctoral fellows, the speaker is available to discuss both science and career choices. This formal seminar series provides an opportunity for the entire program membership from the molecular to the systems neuroscientist to remain informed about advances in this exciting field.

Informal Seminars
Neuroscience program faculty and departments sponsor numerous informal seminars throughout the year. Speakers are invited directly by the host. The Neuroscience program announces these seminars via email and the website.

Journal Club
Neuroscience students meet weekly for Journal Club. 1st year, 2nd year, senior students and faculty meet for Journal Club and present and discuss recently published reports. Read the Journal Club Guidelines.

Neuroscience students meet weekly for Research in Progress Talks. Students in years 3 and higher are required to present their current research. Format:

  • Informal 20 minute talks + 5 minutes questions
  • Chalk talk or short Power Point presentation (~15 slides)
  • Include Background/Context/Rationale to your project (~5 min)
  • Data Presentation (~10 min)
  • Future Directions/Discussion (~5 min)
  • Questions/Suggestion from Audience (~5 min)

Journal Club and RIPS are perfect for learning what your colleagues are doing in the lab as well as participating in lively discussions of issues relating to the nervous system. They're also a great time to catch up with friends and colleagues.

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