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The Graduate Field of Neurobiology and Behavior

Prospective graduate students apply to Graduate Fields of Study at Cornell University, rather than to specific departments. Most Graduate Fields – Neurobiology and Behavior included – involve members from more than one Department, bringing together faculty and students with shared intellectual interests irrespective of their ostensible departmental homes.

The Graduate Field of Neurobiology and Behavior integrates the study of neurobiology with behavior at all levels of analysis. Our research approaches the field from the study of ion channels through neural networks all the way to the behavior of animal societies. We draw from faculty in a variety of disciplines including Psychology, Biomedical Engineering, Applied Physics, Entomology, Biomedical Sciences, Molecular Medicine, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Neurobiology and Behavior.

The background and interests of graduate students in this field are broad and varied. Because of this diversity, each student’s course of study is tailored to their needs and pre-existing training. In addition to a wide variety of neurobiology and behavior classes, NBB offers laboratory courses to provide the training necessary to complete thesis project work. Lab courses include neurophysiology, molecular neurobiology, bioacoustics, modeling behavioral evolution, computational neuroscience, animal behavior, and patch clamping.

Ph.D. Program Funding Information

Our graduate program is for academically talented undergraduates with a strong interest in neurobiology and/or behavior. Students admitted to the program are guaranteed 5 years of support, typically a combination across years of training grant fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching fellowships.

Applying to the Program

The deadline for fall admission is December 1. There is no spring admission. The application for Fall 2017 will be available online in early September 2016.

For more information about applying, go here. If you have questions about the application process, please contact Graduate Field Assistant Terri Natoli. If you have questions about the graduate program as a whole, please contact Director of Graduate Studies Kern Reeve.

If you’re ready to apply – APPLY NOW.