Student Activities and Funding Opportunities


Additional Student Requirements and Events


Works in Progress 

Research communication is an essential part of our Neuroscience training program.  Therefore, students will present their research at the Departmental Works in Progress (WIP) each year. Second year students typically present for 15 minutes to introduce their overarching hypothesis and planned experiments for their thesis project.  Third and later year students present for 30 minutes to show their data and contextualize their results in the broader field.  All students are expected to attend WIP presentation and attendance will be recorded on provided sign-up sheets.  Students unable to attend must email the director of the WIP series.


Departmental Seminars and Lunches 

The Department of Neuroscience hosts weekly seminars by world-renowned scientists. All students are expected to attend and attendance will be recorded on provided sign-up sheets. Students unable to attend must e-mail the chair of the Graduate Education Committee. In addition, all Neuroscience students must sign up to attend at least 5 lunches with invited speakers. These lunches serve as a valuable informal venue to discuss science and career development.


National Research Service Award (NRSA) 

All eligible students in the Department of Neuroscience are required to submit their qualifying exam proposal (with appropriate edits) as an F30/F31 Fellowship, preferably for the April (Cycle I), or latter August (Cycle II) deadline.


Departmental Retreat 

All students are expected to participate in the annual Departmental retreat.  This consists of a two day off-campus event at which faculty, postdocs and students are encouraged to present their research accomplishments. Typically, junior students (1st and 2nd year in the Department) present posters while more senior students give short (10 minute) platform presentations.  


Acknowledgment of Research Support 

All publications, theses, reports, etc. resulting from research conducted during the candidate's degree program must include an appropriate acknowledgment of the sources of funding. Examples include research grants to the faculty sponsor, training grants, equipment grants for equipment essential to the research, core facilities, scholarship support provided by the school, and fellowships from external sources.

Funding Opportunities

Funding for student research, travel and meetings 

Funds being available, and for students in good standing (Actively participating in WIPs, Seminars, attending speaker lunches, and participating in the NGSO), the Department will:


1- Pay for first-year students committed to joining Neuroscience to attend the annual Society For Neuroscience (SFN) meeting. At the discretion of the Neuroscience Chair, the Department may also pay for 1/3 of costs for any senior student to attend. At the meeting, students are required to participate in Einstein activities, including the Scientific Poster Competition which carries a $500 award for first place and $250 award for second place.


2- Offer a Junior Investigator Neuroscience Research Award (JINRA) award, which is a competitive grant mechanism, twice a year (Fall/Spring). The award is $10,000 that can be put towards infrastructure and reagents for the proposed course of study intended to compliment ongoing research in an Einstein laboratory.


3- Offer a Tishman Scholarship, which recognizes and supports exceptional graduate students at the Dominick P. Purpura Neuroscience Department.


4- Offer a Ph.D. Students Mobility Award, which promotes international research and collaboration between Einstein graduate students and their counterparts at the Institut de Neurociencias, Universitat Autònoma deBarcelona.


5- Provide the student with a $2000 NRSA award if their NRSA application is funded, to be spent in a manner of their choosing.


Funding for postdoctoral research 

The Sheryl and Dan Tishman Postdoctoral Fellowship was recently established and is currently accepting applications to recognize and support exceptional candidates applying for postdoctoral positions at the Dominick P. Purpura Neuroscience Department.