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Washington State University Graduate School

Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience, Ph.D.

Student Learning Outcomes


All graduates will be able to:

    1.  To enable students to develop as successful professionals for highly competitive positions in academia, industry, and government, the program aims to provide a variety of  experiences that help students to:
        1.  Develop expertise in appropriate concepts, theories, and emerging methodologies in neurobiology to fully understand how the brain and nervous system functions  through studies ranging from the molecular (small molecules, peptides, proteins, and other molecules important to the function of the nervous system), through the  cellular (especially neuronal and glial cells), to the systems level (neural regulation of key physiological processes).
        2.  Present research to local, regional, national, and international audiences through publications in professional journals and conference papers given in a range of  venues, from graduate seminars to professional meetings.
        3.  Participate in professional organizations, becoming members, attending meetings, and, where appropriate, taking leadership roles.
        4.  Broaden their professional foundations through activities such as teaching, outreach, fellowships, and grant applications.
    2.  To prepare students to be effective researchers in the field of neurobiology, the program aims to provide a variety of experiences that help students to:
        1.  Become independent, self-motivated researchers with the ability to recognize problems in their field of expertise and formulate solutions to the problems.
        2.  Develop comprehensive knowledge of previous and current research in their field of expertise and be able to demonstrate that knowledge capability in a review of  the literature.
        3.  Generate viable questions within their field of expertise and pose problems or hypotheses related to those questions.
        4.  Apply sound research methods to problems in neuroscience and describe the methods effectively.
        5.  Perform statistical analyses of research data and present the results in a way that makes clear sense of the data.
        6.  Discuss the solution to the research problem or the support or lack of support for the hypothesis in a way that effectively documents the contribution of the  research to the area of study.
        7.  Communicate their research clearly and professionally in both written and oral forms appropriate to the field.
    3.  To enhance visibility of the doctoral program in neuroscience nationally and internationally.
        1.  Attract, secure, and retain high-quality students.
        2.  Enhance doctoral education by creating advanced courses, providing more support – resources for fellowships, research, travel to conferences, etc. – for doctoral  students, and providing effective mentoring that encourages students to graduate in a timely manner.
          Place graduates in positions in academics and industry.
        3.  Attract, retain and support a nationally recognized research-active faculty.


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