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Our trainees conduct research on some of the most challenging and urgent questions within the neuroscience field today. Our students regularly publish in top journals and are supported by numerous specialized training (T32) grants from the National Institutes of Health. Moreover, many of our students receive individual NIH training fellowships and other national awards, metrics of their national competitiveness and preparedness for research careers. In addition to research-intensive training programs, our department offers online certificate and master’s programs for those interested in an in-depth exploration of the brain for professional or academic development.

eDucation News & Updates

SNIP students arrive on campus for summer program

On May 29, Summer Neuroscience Internship Program (SNIP) students for the 2021 program arrived on UF’s campus. These interns will join active…

Rebecca Wallings receives Bright Focus Foundation…

Last month, Rebecca Wallings, Post Doctoral Associate, received the Bright Focus Foundation fellowship for an Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program…

Douglas Miller defends thesis May 20, 2021

On Thursday, May 20, 2021, Douglas Miller, predoc fellow, will defend his thesis entitled “Differential sensitivity of the SNC and VTA dopaminergic…

Education Programs

Ph.D. Program

Our Ph.D. program is designed to provide a rigorous, supportive and comprehensive training experience. Our faculty offer engaging didactic classes on fundamental and topical neuroscience and leading edge laboratory experiences working on some of the most challenging mysteries in our field today. Through their core curriculum and a host of specialized training programs, our trainees further develop the practical professional skills needed for a successful scientific career in today’s world. We are committed to values of diversity, inclusion and equity and are passionate about preparing tomorrow’s neuroscience leaders.

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Master’s Program

Students entering the master’s program in neuroscience will conduct graduate level coursework in foundational neuroscience and will complete a rigorous, mentored research training experience. Our master’s students further benefit from the large and diverse neuroscience community at UF. This two-year program prepares students for a career in laboratory science and can help provide a solid foundation for those interested in Ph.D. or medical training programs.

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Student learning online

Online Programs

Our online programs are designed for post-graduate students and working professionals, whose professions are impacted by the field of neuroscience. Our programs are deigned to increase understanding of normal brain function and the clinical expression and underlying pathogenesis of common neurological disorders.

Undergraduate Training

Summer Neuroscience Internship Program (SNIP)

SNIP supports undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds whose long-term goals include pursuing doctoral (Ph.D.) training in neuroscience. Interns from across the country spend ten weeks in the summer training in neuroscience research labs at UF. Our interns receive highly personalized guidance on graduate school admissions, professional development and career planning.


Awards & Opportunities

McKnight Brain Institute

Trainee Funding Opportunities

Click the link below to learn about trainee enhancement opportunites, MBI research fellowships, the Toffler Leadership Award and the Toffler Research Award.

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MBI Travel Awards

Open to all students, fellows and faculty performing neuroscience research. This award provides travel support to present UF neuroscience research at national and international conferences. Funding requests can only be made for registration, travel and hotel.

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NIH-funded T32 training grants

Specialized Training Programs

NIH-funded training grants are available to support graduate students working in some specific research areas. Training grant support may be for 1-3 years.


Volunteer in a Lab

Our faculty offer laboratory experience through course credit, volunteering and occasionally paid research positions. Student volunteers are typically expected to commit 6-12 hours a week and maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

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