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University of Connecticut Health Center

Program in Neuroscience

Farmington, CT


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University of Connecticut Health Center


The PhD in Biomedical Science at the UConn Health Offers a Concentration in Neuroscience

Neuroscience is one of the areas of concentration in 'UConn Health's PhD in Biomedical Science program. The Neuroscience Program is committed to fostering for students an interdisciplinary training environment towards understanding the normal function and disorders of the nervous system. Special emphasis is placed upon preparing students for a research and teaching career in both academic and industrial settings.

All course requirements are fulfilled within the first two years of the program. Introductory core courses establish a strong foundation in molecular, cellular, and systems-level neurobiology.

The interdepartmental nature of the Program offers comprehensive conceptual and experimental training in molecular, systems and behavioral neuroscience. The faculty of the Neuroscience Program engages in research that involves cellular, molecular, and developmental neurobiology, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, neuroendocrinology, neuropharmacology, neuroimaging and neuropathology.

The Neuroscience Program's Interdepartmental Format Offers State-of-the-Art Facilities and a Collaborative Atmosphere

UConn Health offers an excellent education in a stimulating, cutting-edge research environment. Because of the interdepartmental format, the students have access to all of the facilities of modern biomedical research at UConn Health, including those in clinical and basic science departments. Most of the neuroscience faculty members are housed in the same building on adjoining floors, providing for a congenial atmosphere of informal scientific exchange and collaborations between laboratories. The Center for Cell Analysis and Modeling (CCAM) has state-of-the-art facilities for confocal microscopy, two-photon microscopy, and image analysis and is available to members of the Program in Neuroscience. The Lyman Maynard Stowe Library has an extensive collection of periodicals and monographs as well as subscriptions to journals of current interest in the field of neuroscience.

Financial Aid at UConn Health

Support for doctoral students engaged in full-time degree programs at UConn Health is provided on a competitive basis. Graduate research assistantships for 2018-19 provide a stipend of $30,500 per year, a waiver of tuition/university fees for the fall and spring semesters and a student health insurance plan.

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UConn Health Campus Offers Impressive Facilities and Provides Opportunities for Student Involvement

The 200-acre UConn Health campus at Farmington houses a division of the University of Connecticut Graduate School, as well as the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine. The campus also includes the John Dempsey Hospital, associated clinics, and extensive medical research facilities, all in a centralized facility with more than one million square feet of floor space. The Academic Research Building, built in 1999, is an impressive eleven-story structure providing 170,000 square feet of laboratory space and renovations are underway in the main Laboratory building, converting existing lab space into state-of-the-art open lab areas. In addition, the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine opened its 189,000-square-foot facility on the UConn Health campus in fall 2014. There are more than 260 full-time members at UConn Health.

The institution has a strong commitment to graduate study within an environment that promotes social and intellectual interaction among the various educational programs. Graduate students are represented on various administrative committees concerned with curricular affairs, and the Graduate Student Organization (GSO) represents graduate students' needs and concerns to the faculty and administration, in addition to fostering social contact among graduate students at UConn Health.

UConn Health Enjoys a Beautiful Setting and Is Convenient to Numerous Opportunities

Set in the beautiful New England countryside on a hill overlooking the Farmington Valley, UConn Health is close to ski areas, hiking trails, and facilities for boating, fishing, and swimming. Connecticut's capital city of Hartford, seven miles east of Farmington, is the center of an urban region of approximately 800,000 people. The beaches of the Long Island Sound are about 50 minutes away to the south, and the beautiful Berkshires are a short drive to the northwest. New York City and Boston can be reached within 2 1/2 hours by car.

Hartford is the home of the acclaimed Hartford Stage Company, TheatreWorks, the Hartford Symphony and Chamber orchestras, two ballet companies, an opera company, the Wadsworth Athenaeum (the oldest public art museum in the nation), the Mark Twain house, the Hartford Civic Center, and many other interesting cultural and recreational facilities. The area is also home to several branches of the University of Connecticut, Trinity College, and the University of Hartford, which includes the Hartt School of Music.

Bradley International Airport (about 30 minutes from campus) serves the Hartford/Springfield area with frequent airline connections to major cities in the U.S. and abroad. Frequent bus and rail service is also available from Hartford.

The Hartford Area Offers a Wide Range of Affordable Housing Options

There is a wide range of affordable housing options in the greater Hartford area within easy commuting distance of the campus, including an extensive complex that is adjacent to UConn Health. Prospective students should note that university housing is not available at UConn Health.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Doctor of Dental Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (DMD/PhD)
Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (MD/PhD)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Doctoral Degrees 3

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? Yes

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline December 1st Not reported No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test
Doctoral Degree Requirements Interview (recommended)

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 600

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Types of financial support available Research Assistantships
Health Care Benefits

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 0%
Black or African American 11.11%
White or Caucasian 27%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 5.56%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
Unknown 16.67%


Male (50%)
Female (50%)


Focus of faculty research: Molecular and systems neuroscience, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, neuropathology
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT  06030
United States

Phone: 860-679-2000