Course description: The primary goal of this proseminar is to provide graduate students with the tools to be successful in the NSB program, to prepare them for the challenges that they may face during their graduate careers, and to expose them to the professional skills and strategies that will help them for their careers.  Over the course of the semester, students are expected to attend a total of 10 workshops from the UMass Graduate School Office of Professional Development (OPD) offerings. 


Course requirements and grading: This course is required for all first-year students in the NSB graduate program. Grading is pass/fail, and you are expected to complete the following course requirements to receive a passing grade.

This is the first semester of the NSB graduate program's core course and provides the background necessary to understand the molecular and cellular processes underlying brain development and neural functioning. A molecular/cellular understanding of neural function is becoming increasingly important to all aspects of neuroscience, allowing analyses into the mechanisitic underpinnings of neural processes and neurological disease never before possible.