Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience began matriculating students
in the fall of 1994. The purpose of the program is to train doctoral
students for independent research and teaching in Neuroscience. It is
the goal of the program to ensure that candidates for the Ph.D. degree
obtain a background covering cellular, molecular, and systems
approaches to Neuroscience, as well as receive training that brings
them to the forefront of research in their particular area of interest.
A series of required courses in Neuroscience, along with advanced
electives, laboratory rotations, and original independent dissertation
research form the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience..
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The IPN at GU includes about fifty faculty members from both the medical and undergraduate campuses.
We draw from Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,
Biology, Cell Biology, Center for Neural Injury and Recovery,
Neurology, Neuroscience, Neurosurgery, Oncology, Pharmacology,
Physiology and Biophysics, Psychology, Psychiatry and Radiology. We
continue to add more faculty as the diversity of our student's interests grow.
are dedicated to each and every student's success and provide a
supportive environment while challenging students to grow
intellectually. Members have been instrumental in listening to
student's views of teachier and mentor training, allowing students to
propose new ideas for teaching opportunities, obtaining mentoring
experience, and creating a program that fits the dynamic needs of all
CID In Our Department
program has been in place for over a decade and has successfully
graduated over 25 students with over 40 currently matriculating. We
feel we have a strong curriculum and training opportunities, but we
realize the need to examine teaching and mentoring practices within our
own faculty and teaching these skills to students. We examine
whether the needs of the students are truly being met by our program,
and how we can change our practices to produce successful stewards of
first identified issues important to students and faculty by holding
small focus groups, conducting surveys, and setting up an online
discussion board with specific questions to address to try to define
what a steward of the Neuroscience discipline means, the strengths and
weaknesses of our program, and how members view the teaching and
Georgetown our CID committee is primarily a student driven endeavor.
Our committee meetings are held 2 times a month and are open to any IPN
member and usually attended by both students and faculty. At each
meeting we address concerns which are continually being reassessed
through focus groups, student meeting input, and student achievement.
Once we propose changes to existing programs or curriculum we design
assessments and will examine the changes and suggest alterations based
Exemplary Element: Intellectual Community
What are we doing?
Organize an IPN Retreat: Projected for early September, to build community, get to know new students, hear outside speaker on teaching or mentoring.
Assess Changes to Core Neuroscience Class:
Changes to structure, testing, and addition of Medical Neuroscience
will be assessed based upon written and oral feedback, achievement on
written comprehensive exam, and instructor input.
Revamp Orientation and Summer Course:
Tasks include reworking the diagnostic exam, organization of
orientation and some activities, implementing a stronger mentoring
network, and incorporating more methods, techniques, and literature
into the summer course.
Implement New Venues for Inellectual Community: Brand new TEATIME to discuss interesting issues, media presentation, books, policy, etc. concerning Neuroscience issues.
Increase Community Outreach:
Utilize the diversity of populations in Washington DC to increase
outreach to schools using Brain Awareness Week like programs, Mini Med
School program to educate community about Neuronal diseases and
Advertise Opportunities for IPN students and faculty:
We would like to condense all the meetings, networking opportunities,
seminars, etc. into one document, such as increasing our IPN newsletter
to a monthly distribution.
Innovation: Summer Program for Incoming Students