Neuroscience Initiative to Enhance Diversity

We are pleased to announce our second annual Neuroscience Initiative to Enhance Diversity (NIED) program that aims to encourage junior and senior undergraduate students to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience. The 2016 flyer is available here.

If you are a junior or senior undergraduate interested in our program, we encourage you to apply by the January 15, 2016 deadline. Your application will be reviewed by a committee of 4 faculty members and 2 graduate students with the intention of inviting at least 30 students to attend the two-day event on April 21-22, 2016. The Neuroscience Graduate Program will cover all travel expenses incurred by each student, including airfare, lodging, and food.

Over the course to 2 days, you will be involved in lab tours, workshops, poster sessions and mini-lectures. You'll also have the opportunity to meet with faculty members and current graduate students in our program as well as Dr. Cameron Carter, the Director of the Center for Neuroscience at UC Davis. The overall goal of this event is to provide an opportunity for you to learn all about the doctoral degree, graduate school and the admissions process. In addition, you'll attend essential skill-building workshops that will help you succeed in applying to competitive graduate programs. Workshops will include mock interviews, how to identify and apply to graduate programs, how to write a personal statement, and preparing for the Graduate Record Exam.

Let's get started - How to Apply:

  1. APPLICATION: Available here.
  2. TRANSCRIPTS: Obtain copies of your undergraduate transcripts from each prior/current college.
  3. SPONSOR/REFERENCES: Request 1 letter from a faculty sponsor OR 2 letters from references. Letters must be sent directly from recommendor/sponsor/reference).
  4. Send all application materials to or to the address below by January 15, 2016:

         Cristeta Rillera
         NIED Event 2016
         UC Davis, Center for Neuroscience
         1544 Newton Court
         Davis, CA 95618

If you have any questions about the program, application, or any other inquiries please contact Cristeta at 530.757.8845 or