Seminars by distinguished scientists are an important component of the graduate curriculum. There is a wide range of seminars for students in the Neuroscience Graduate Group to attend, from our formal Perspectives in Neuroscience Series to frequent faculty recruitment talks. It is not unusual for students to choose from over 5 seminars in a typical week during the academic year. Our students are encouraged to attend as many seminars as possible, as they play a large role in broadening their general neuroscience knowledge.

Perspectives in Neuroscience Series

The Perspectives in Neuroscience Series is the official formal seminar series at the Center for Neuroscience. For this Seminar Series, the faculty host a Pre-Perspectives Discussion of the general issues related to the month¹s seminar topic, usually a relatively informal discussion the night before the seminar. Our graduate students and post-docs meet all the speakers in the Perspectives Series at a catered lunch hour and an informal meeting following the seminar.

2017-18 List of Speakers 

Perspectives 2017-2018


In addition to seminars from speakers outside UC Davis, we also have a seminar series for labs within the Neuroscience Graduate Group, called NeuroLunch. Each month, the members of a single laboratory present their recent research results to the Graduate Group. Neurolunch seminars are held on the last Tuesday of each month. Lunch is provided by the Center for Neursocience at 11:30 a.m. and the presentations start promptly at noon.

2017-18 List of Lab Presentations

NeuroLunch 2017-2018

Student Organized Seminar Series

The Neuroscience Student Organized Seminar Series is a symposium in which graduate students nominate, invite, and host neuroscientists whose work they admire. Traditionally, three to four speakers are hosted each academic year representing multiple areas of neuroscience research. The goal of this seminar series is to promote interactions between graduate students and invited speakers. As such, the invited speakers spend much of their social time with graduate students. The graduate students are responsible for arranging all aspects of the speakers' visits.

For the 2017-18 seminar series, the student organizers are Kyle Ireton, Lindsay Cameron and Dominique Beauregard Cazabon. Support for the series has been provided by the Center for Neuroscience, the Vision Science Training Grant, and the Center for Mind and Brain.

The invited speakers for the 2017-18 academic year

SSS 2017-2018

Reception 11:30am PM in CNS 113 / Seminar 12:00 PM in CNS 113 / Dinner 6:00 PM TBD

Seminar Outreach for Minority Advocacy (SOMA)

To enhance the visibility of successful underrepresented minorities in neuroscience and educate our campus community about issues that contribute to continued oppression of minority groups, the Seminar Outreach for Minority Advocacy (SOMA) seminar series consist of scientists from underrepresented backgrounds. Half of these speakers will be from cellular/systems/cognitive neuroscience backgrounds, while the other half will be from social neuroscience, speaking on their research related to the neuroscience of implicit bias, race relations, gender, etc. All invited speakers will begin their seminar with a description of their journeys in academia as a minority. We hope this opportunity to share personal stories will enhance the awareness of underrepresented stories in academia. Each seminar will be accompanied by lunch and dinner with students, allowing them the opportunity to interact with the speaker on a personal level. All talks will be open to the entire campus community; lunches will be reserved for neuroscience graduate students.

SOMA Fall 2017


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