University of Massachusetts Boston, PhD Program in Developmental and Brain Sciences – now accepting applications for Fall 2020

 

The PhD program in Developmental and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Boston is accepting applications, with a December 15th deadline. This is the only program in the Neurosciences at a public institution in Boston. The DBS program is an intensive, developmentally-focused, research-based program. Core faculty (Erik Blaser, Vivian Ciaramitaro, Tiffany Donaldson, Richard Hunter, Zsuzsa Kaldy, Jin Ho Park, Ed Tronick, and Susan Zup) engage in research ranging from cognitive development and psychophysics to neuroendocrinology and behavioral genetics. 

 

Students may follow a Cognitive specialization investigating functional changes in perceptual and cognitive abilities or a Behavioral specialization investigating neural and hormonal correlates of behavior. The Cognitive Developmental Group consists of Drs. Blaser, Ciaramitaro and Kaldy and admitted students will become part of the UMass Boston Baby Lab team.

 

Lab spaces for the program are housed in the brand new Integrated Sciences Building, part of our campus on the Columbia Point peninsula. This location is just a few miles south of downtown Boston, neighbors the city’s world-class research universities, and offers wonderful views of the city and Boston Harbor. Successful applicants will likely have significant research experience. We especially encourage members of underrepresented populations in neuroscience to apply.

 

Financial Support:  We typically offer funding and tuition remission to students (including international students) during the first four years of the program, dependent on the university budget. Should a student need funding beyond this point, funding will be sought through grants, teaching and other sources but cannot be guaranteed. Students typically receive funding in the form of a graduate assistantship, which entails approx. 18 hours of work per week.