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Advice for Students

First Year Students

Tasks to complete immediately

Advice About Rotations

  • Make sure to discuss with your rotation supervisor what s/he expects (e.g., Expected time spent in the lab? Should the project be completed? Is there a write-up expected?)
  • Also find out what the policies are regarding use of lab resources such as phone, computers, printers, etc., and anything else that you might want to use in the lab that is not strictly related to your rotation project

All Students


  • Read the Graduate Student Handbook
  • Become a member of the Society for Neuroscience
  • For those of you interested in hormones and behavior, consider joining the Society of Behavioral Neuroendocrinology.
  • Ask your rotation supervisor or other grad students about other relevant organizations
  • Get to know your fellow NSP graduate students (they are often the experts!)
  • Go to the Society for Neuroscience meeting in November
  • Stay current: Read your email, especially emails from Dr. Galligan, Dr. Swain, and Eleri Thomas
  • Borrow notes, old exams, and books from other students