What's in a Master's? Different Programs for Different Needs

There are many different types of neuroscience master’s programs — how do you know which one may be right for you or your school? This webinar will provide an overview of the different approaches to master’s studies, with a focus on program benefits for both students and faculty.

Presenters will explore the advantages and disadvantages of different program structures, such as joint bachelor’s/master’s programs, research-focused master’s programs, and professional career-focused programs, providing information about the different types of students they can serve.

Do you have questions about different types of master's programs? Ask in the discussion below.  


Shelley Russek

Shelley Russek, PhD

Shelley J. Russek is the director of the Boston University Graduate Program for Neuroscience (GPN) and a professor of biology and pharmacology and experimental therapeutics. Her research focuses on the gene regulation of brain inhibition and its relationship to BDNF-induced brain plasticity in multiple neurologic and neuropsychiatric disorders, including anxiety, epilepsy, and autism.

Paul McGonigle

Paul McGonigle, PhD

Paul McGonigle is the director of the Division of Interdisciplinary and Career-oriented Programs within the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies at Drexel University College of Medicine. He is a neuropharmacologist and drug discovery professional who has held various positions in academia as well as the biopharmaceutical industry serving as chief security officer of PsychoGenics Inc., chief executive officer and co-founder of NeuroGenix Corp., and director of psychiatric disorder research at Wyeth Research. His primary research has focused on drug discovery for psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders.

J. Patrick Card, PhD

J. Patrick Card, PhD

J. Patrick Card is a neuroscience professor at the University of Pittsburgh and is the co-director of the NIH Center for Neuroanatomy with Neurotropic Viruses. He maintains a research program devoted to developing technology for transneuronal circuit analysis using neurotropic viruses and uses that technology to define the functional organization of neural networks that regulate behavioral state and adaptive motivated behavior. He has served on a variety of university committees, including the Provost’s Advisory Council for Instructional Excellence and councils for graduate and undergraduate studies.

Paul Miller, Associate Professor of Biology, Brandeis University

Paul Miller, PhD

Paul Miller is an associate professor of biology at the Benjamin and Mae Volen National Center for Complex Systems at Brandeis University. He initially trained in theoretical condensed matter physics but now researches computational modeling of neural systems. His focus is on how circuits of neurons enable animals to solve cognitive tasks. He has also reviewed numerous journal articles in more than a dozen journals.

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