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Neuroscience Graduate Program


(Biomedical Sciences)

At West Virginia University, we are mining the brain for new knowledge. The Graduate Program in Neuroscience offers interdisciplinary biomedical research training leading to the PhD or MD/PhD degrees. Reflecting the nature of contemporary neuroscience, our interdisciplinary graduate program comprises faculty from basic and clinical departments. Program mentors are drawn from the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute and the adjacent National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health/Centers for Disease Control providing training opportunities in basic, clinical, and translational science. This environment affords our faculty and students prime access to the state-of-the-art resources needed to conduct world-class neuroscience research.

Students are exposed to Neuroscience at the molecular, cellular, system and organism levels through courses, research rotations, workshops, retreats, seminars and journal clubs. Coursework is customized to their backgrounds and research interests. Upon completion of our program, students possess expertise in their principle area of research and broad knowledge of the field of Neuroscience.

The Neuroscience program does not discriminate on the basis of gender, age, sexual orientation, ability, religion, gender identification, national origin, race, or ethnicity.


5 Primary Research Topics

• Addiction
• Stroke
• Neurodegenerative Diseases
• Cognitive Neuroscience
• Sensory Neuroscience


  • Attend and Present Research at National and International Conferences
  • Obtain State-of-the-Art Research Skills
  • Develop Writing Skills
  • Publish in Top Level Journals
  • Apply for and Obtain Fellowships
  • Career Path Interest Groups to Hone Future Skills


Students enter the Neuroscience PhD program through the graduate program in the Biomedical Sciences, which is the gateway into the seven biomedical degree-granting programs at WVU. Following successful completion of the common core curriculum, qualified students may transfer into the graduate program in Neuroscience as early as the spring semester of their first year to begin their PhD research.

Curriculum Highlights
  • Opportunity to customize the curriculum
  • Mentoring by internationally-recognized experts
  • Annual presentations in seminar series and forums
  • Experiential learning
  • Weekly journal clubs


Admission is highly competitive; we receive many more applications than we have positions available. Upper-level coursework in the sciences, math and/or engineering is strongly recommended. Competitive applicants have STEM GPA’s of 3.5 or higher, GRE scores greater than 300 and a strong record of research experiences both in quantity and quality. Applications are reviewed holistically. We consider the applicant’s ability to be successful in our curriculum and potential to develop into a scientist.


Cassandra George, Program Coordinator
Bernard Schreurs, Associate Program Director
Randy Nelson, Program Director

WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute