Message from the Director

The neuroscience graduate program at Stanford provides unique opportunities for graduate students to work with an elite group of faculty on cutting edge questions using state of the art technology. The program provides a personalized training plan for each student that is meant to develop their unique talents and interests.

Our program is committed to providing hands on training. An example of this is our SIN (Stanford Intensive Neuroscience) bootcamp where students work side by side with faculty for two weeks of intensive electrophysiological and imaging experimentation.

Our graduate program is a truly collaborative environment where students are the primary liason’s between laboratories. More than half of last year’s publications had multiple students and multiple PIs as coauthors. Our community works together to make us all better. Journal clubs provide weekly interactions for junior students while our informal Superfriends meeting provides senior students the opportunity to pass their wisdom on to the junior students. These, coupled with a yearly student-led retreat and year-round happy hours, help to form a cohesive community of motivated and successful students.

The program’s goal is to ensure students are finishing with the skills needed to be successful in their career of choice. Leadership requires that students be well rounded and possess practical skills in oral and written communication, teaching, networking and outreach. We provide a variety of opportunities for each of these aspects of training. For example, Brain Day provides students the opportunity to teach brain structures to 7th graders throughout the Bay area, and is an ongoing tradition that most students participate in and enjoy.

At Stanford we celebrate the diversity that each student brings to our program. We are looking for independent thinkers, excited by the prospect of discovery; those ready to move the boundaries of knowledge forward. Are you that person?   

Anthony Ricci, PhD
Director of the Neurosciences Graduate Program
Edward C. and Amy H. Sewall Professor
Department of Otolaryngology
Stanford University School of Medicine