Learning, Memory, and Plasticity Training Program (LaMP)

Training Across Disciplines

The UC Davis Training Program in Learning, Memory, and Plasticity (LaMP) provides predoctoral training across disciplines to bridge the gaps between the major levels of LaMP research - cognitive, systems, and cellular/molecular - to promote understanding of LaMP disorders and reduce their tremendous burden on families, society, and public health. The program is geared for a new generation of scientists who truly think across levels and scales and who have the skills, drive and motivation to work collaboratively to tackle the most important issues in LaMP in order to improve human health.

The LaMP Training Program provides trainees with 1 year (Oct 1 - Sept 30) of tuition/fees, stipend, and travel funding.

Student Eligibility

  • Can apply for Years of 2 or 3 of their graduate training.
  • Be in good academic standing within their graduate group.
  • Work on a project related to LaMP research.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Work in one of the approved LaMP Trainers’ labs (click here for list of LaMP faculty and their research). New faculty are welcome to apply to be trainers by submitting an application.

Program Overview

  • Enroll in LaMP core courses (2 units/quarter):
  1. Fall and Winter Quarters: “Core Concepts and Methods in Learning, Memory, and Plasticity” (interactive lectures as well as lab-based immersion).
  2. Spring Quarter: “Translational Approaches to Learning, Memory, and Plasticity Disorders” (didactic and interview/video sessions that span clinical, cognitive, systems and molecular aspects of each disease).
  • Choose a co-mentor LaMP trainer from a distinct area of LaMP research than your primary mentor.
  • Participate in a career skills weekly meeting.
  • Complete RCR training.
  • Training in grant writing during career skills meetings and over the summer, followed by a mock study section prior to the required submission of an NRSA grant at the end of the funding period.
  • Participate in an annual program retreat, where each trainee presents their research progress.
  • Participate in the yearly training program evaluation.
  • Commit to participate in this program for 3 years (i.e., attend the seminars, journal clubs, and annual retreat) to create a program community.

Grant: T32 MH112507, National Institute of Mental Health, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grant (T32).