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Distinguished University Professor

Lasnik, Howard, Full Member

Professor

Aloimonos, John, Full Member

Ball, Gregory, Full Member

Borgia, Gerald, Full Member

Brauth, Steven E., Full Member

Carleton, Karen, Full Member

Carr, Catherine E., Full Member

Carruthers, Peter, Full Member

Cassidy, Jude Anne, Full Member

Castonguay, Thomas W., Full Member

Clark, Jane E., Full Member

Cohen, Avis H., Full Member

Dooling, Robert J., Full Member

Dunbar, Kevin, Full Member

Edwards, Jan, Full Member

Fox, Nathan A., Full Member

Gordon-Salant, Sandra, Full Member

Hatfield, Bradley D., Full Member

Hornstein, Norbert R., Full Member

Idsardi, William, Full Member

Kanold, Patrick, Full Member

Killen, Melanie A., Full Member

Krishnaprasad, P.S., Full Member

Levine, William S., Full Member

Lidz, Jeffrey, Full Member

MacSwan, Jeff, Full Member

Newcomb, Robert W., Full Member

Payne, Richard, Full Member

Perlis, Donald R., Full Member

Pessoa, Luiz, Full Member

Phillips, Colin, Full Member

Polinsky, Maria, Full Member

Porter, Tom E., Full Member

Quinlan, Elizabeth, Full Member

Ratner, Nan Bernstein, Full Member

Reggia, James A., Full Member

Resnik, Philip S., Full Member

Rey, Georges, Full Member

Rubin, Kenneth H., Full Member

Shamma, Shihab, Full Member

Simon, Jonathan, Full Member

Uriagereka, Juan, Full Member

Wallsten, Thomas S, Full Member

Yeni-Komshian, Grace H., Full Member

Associate Professor

Abshire, Pamela, Full Member

Aranda-Espinoza, Jose Helim, Full Member

Butts, Daniel, Full Member

Coleman, Linda K., Full Member

Dougherty, Michael, Full Member

Feldman, Naomi, Full Member

Herberholz, Jens, Full Member

Horiuchi, Timothy, Full Member

Israel, Michael, Full Member

Jacobs, David, Full Member

Jiang, Nan, Full Member

Newman, Rochelle, Full Member

Norman, Kent L., Full Member

Roth, Stephen M., Full Member

Shah, Yasmeen, Full Member

Shim, Jae Kun, Full Member

Smith, J. Carson, Full Member

Stricklin, William R., Full Member

Wang, Jian, Full Member

Yager, David D., Full Member

Assistant Professor

Anderson, Samira, Full Member

Araneda, Ricardo, Full Member

Beier, Jonathan, Full Member

Bernat, Edward, Full Member

Bolger, Donald J., Full Member

Butler, Lucas, Full Member

Chen, Shuo, Full Member

Dougherty, Lea, Full Member

Fisher, Heidi, Full Member

Gaudry, Quentin, Full Member

Gentili, Rodolphe, Full Member

Glasper Andrews, Erica, Full Member

Goupell, Matthew, Full Member

Hacquard, Valentine, Full Member

Huang, Yi-Ting, Full Member

Lau, Ellen, Full Member

Miller, Ross H., Full Member

Novick, Jared, Full Member

Paley, Derek, Full Member

Payne-Sturges, Devon, Full Member

Prather, Richard, Full Member

Redcay, Elizabeth, Full Member

Riggins, Tracy, Full Member

Roesch, Matthew, Full Member

Shackman, Alexander, Full Member

Singer, Joshua, Full Member

Slevc, Robert, Full Member

Taneyhill, Lisa, Full Member

Distinguished University Professor Emeritus

Hodos, William, Full Member

Professor Emeritus

Popper, Arthur N., Full Member

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Neurosciences and Cognitive Science (NACS)   

Program Title and Classification

Neurosciences and Cognitive Science

Graduate Degree Program

College: Behavioral and Social Sciences

Abstract

The NACS program offers a wide range of research and training opportunities for students who are interested in pursuing doctoral-level research in a variety of areas within neuroscience and cognitive science. Faculty research interests center around seven main areas: Cellular & Molecular, Sensory & Motor Systems, Computational Modeling & Theory, Language & Speech, Cognition & Emotion, Development & Aging, and Disorders & Treatment. Research approaches include both the theoretical and experimental, with several laboratories doing both. Research and training activities of NACS take place within the laboratories of faculty in 23 participating departments and units: Aerospace Engineering, Animal and Avian Sciences, Behavioral and Community Health, Bioengineering, Biology, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, English, Entomology, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Hearing and Speech Sciences, Human Development, Kinesiology, Linguistics, Nutrition and Food Science, Philosophy, Psychology, and Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership, as well as the Center for Advanced Study of Language, the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, the Institute for Systems Research, the Maryland Neuroimaging Center, and the Second Language Acquisition program. The NACS program requires the completion of two required core courses and three out of five core courses, including introduction to neurosciences, cognitive neuroscience, computational neuroscience, cellular and molecular neuroscience, and cognitive science. The goal of the Program is to bring together the diverse perspectives and strengths of all the included disciplines in order to understand the working of the nervous system, the mind, and behavior. For more information, please visit our web site: http://www.nacs.umd.edu.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose: The statement of purpose and three letters of recommendation will be required to be uploaded in the Supplementary Application (Acceptd), not the Graduate School’s application.  
  • Transcript(s)
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (international graduate students)

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • CV/Resume

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website: www.gradschool.umd.edu/admissions

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
1 Dec
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
1 Dec


Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at http://www.nacs.umd.edu

Degree Requirements

Master of Science (M.S.)

Total CreditsCore RequirementsSpecialization Options

Thesis or Non-thesis option: 31 credits

NACS 600: Ethics in Scientific Research (2 credits)

NACS 640: Foundational Readings Seminar (2 credits)

Electives (12 credits)

Select three courses, with at least one in each area (12 credits total):

1. Cognitive Area: NACS 642: Cognitive Neuroscience (4 credits); NACS 645: Cognitive Science (4 credits)

2. Neuroscience Area: NACS 641: Introduction to Neurosciences (4 credits); NACS 643: Computational Neuroscience (4 credits); NACS 644: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (4 credits)

Thesis option: NACS 799: Master's Thesis Research (3 credits)

Non-thesis option: NACS 798: Master's Non-thesis Research (3 credits)

 

 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements

Doctoral students are required to complete 37 credits, including 12 credits of NACS 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research. Non-course requirements include completing a First Year Research Project, pass the Qualifying Axam, submit a Dissertation Proposal, and pass the Ph.D. Defense.

Required coursework:

NACS 600: Ethics in Scientific Research (2 credits)

NACS 640: Foundational Readings Seminar (2 credits)

Supplemental Courses (9 credits)

Select three courses, with at least one in each area (12 credits total):

1. Cognitive Area: NACS 642: Cognitive Neuroscience (4 credits); NACS 645: Cognitive Science (4 credits)

2. Neuroscience Area: NACS 641: Introduction to Neurosciences (4 credits); NACS 643: Computational Neuroscience (4 credits); NACS 644: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (4 credits)

 

Specific requirements include two core courses--a scientific ethics course and a foundational readings course--and three out of five core courses from among introduction to neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, computational neuroscience, cellular and molecular neuroscience, and cognitive science. A qualifying examination is given at the beginning of the third year to ensure that all students have a core knowledge of basic neuroscience and cognitive science and know how to apply it to their own research area, and that each student has the knowledge and skills necessary to develop a dissertation proposal. By the end of their fourth year, students formally present their dissertation proposal and are admitted to candidacy. The dissertation is normally completed within one year of the proposal defense, and within five years of entering the program.

 

Facilities and Special Resources

The Program, by virtue of its breadth, has access to the facilities of all the departments, institutes, and centers of its faculty members. These include the Institute for Systems Research, the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, the Center for Advanced Study of Language, the Maryland Neuroimaging Center, and the various well-equipped research laboratories and department facilities of the faculty. Animal facilities are available where necessary. NACS has developed close collaborations with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC), and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). NACS students can conduct research in laboratories with NACS adjunct faculty at these institutions. Thus, these relationships extend research and training opportunities for students while they get their degrees from the NACS program.

Financial Assistance

Fellowships are available on a competitive basis to both entering and continuing students, while qualified students may also receive teaching assistantships. In addition, some faculty have research assistantships for their students.

Website

http://www.nacs.umd.edu

Contacts

Program Director - Jens Herberholz

2123H Biology/Psychology Building

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-5902

jherberh@umd.edu

 

Graduate Director - Richard Payne

3220 Biology-Psychology Building

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: 301-405-1094

rpayne@umd.edu

 

Assistant Director - Pam Komarek

0219 Cole Student Activities Building

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: 301-405-8910

pkomarek@umd.edu

 

Admissions Director - Matthew Roesch

2123G Biology-Psychology Building

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: 301-405-2274

mroesch@umd.edu

 

Associated Information

Courses

NACS

Keywords

Interdisciplinary program combining Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Computational Science and other disciplines related to studies of brain function.