Graduate Training in the Vollum
Graduate students in Vollum Institute laboratories are admitted through the Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP) at OHSU, directed by Gary Westbrook, Senior Scientist and Co-Director of the Vollum Institute. If you're interested in obtaining outstanding training in neuroscience from a diverse group of highly accomplished faculty, please apply. We encourage applicants with backgrounds in the physical sciences and engineering as well as traditional undergraduate topics such as the biological sciences.
NGP students conduct research in all areas of neuroscience and earn the Ph.D. degree after an average of 5 years. New students are quickly integrated into the program through our new week long 'boot camp' in neuroscience methods, and the annual NGP retreat, both of which precede beginning of fall classes. As time spent in the lab is the most important component of graduate science training, our program is designed such that core coursework is completed in the first year. During that first year, students also are immersed in research through lab rotations in several labs, eventually choosing one that gives a mutual fit. Because of the relatively small number of students compared to the number of neuroscience laboratories at OHSU, students have many options for a thesis lab. Our well funded faculty provide state-of-the-art exposure to the concepts and technology of modern neuroscience. OHSU also offers certificate and degree programs, e.g. technology transfer and translational science, for advanced students in the NGP who want to broaden their career options.