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Information For Students

Requirements for Students:

Students funded on the Training Grant (TG) are required to:

  • Complete a PhD thesis project on auditory neuroscience
  • Have a mentor from the TG faculty (if mentor is from the Technology Innovator list, a co-Mentor from the Auditory Neuroscience list is required and will serve on thesis committee)
  • Develop and maintain an Individual Development Plan (IDP) with mentor, to be reviewed annually by TG faculty
  • Take four courses to develop common foundational knowledge in auditory neuroscience (see Course Descriptions Page): A basic introductory neuroscience course, a fundamental course about peripheral hearing, a fundamental course about central and/or perceptual hearing, and a signal-processing course. Requests for waivers or substitutions for the required coursework will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Also take a statistics course. Note: this and some/most of the required courses can be used for student's POS.
  • Attend weekly Hearing Seminar every semester, and make presentation in 2nd year of funding
  • Complete all required Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) requirements (initial course and recurring workshops/discussions) (if not already completed)
  • Take a formal grant-writing course, culminating in an NIH F31 (or equivalent) submission at the end of the 2nd year of funding
  • Be an active member of the Training Program throughout entire PhD program
  • Acknowledge training-grant support (T32-DC016853) on all presentations, papers, and press releases resulting from work done while in the Training Program (i.e., during PhD)

Students in the Training Program (i.e., throughout entire PhD) are expected to:

  • Participate in all Training Program activities (e.g., regular attendance at hearing seminar every semester (make presentation yearly), professional development activities, journal clubs (at least one each year), student-research workshops with other training grants, Auditory Neuroscience Student Group activities (e.g., outreach, recruiting undergrads, outside speaker invitations), mock grant reviews, RCR discussions in hearing seminar, etc.)

Eligibility Criteria for T32 Funded Slots:

  • NRSA eligible (i.e., a citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States, or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence).
  • Starting the 2nd or 3rd year of PhD program (or 1st or 2nd PhD year of a joint MD/PhD program). Waivers will be considered.
  • From one of the TPAN Graduate Programs (BIO, BME, BMS, CS, ECE, IBSc, PULSe, SLHS).
  • PhD project on auditory neuroscience.
  • Mentor is a member of the Training Program, and at least one mentor is from the Auditory Neuroscientist list (see Info sheet).

Individual Development Plans (IDPs)

All T32 and F31 students will create an IDP and update it yearly.  Various formats can be useful. 

Biomedical Engineering


College of Engineering

Science Careers also has a useful tool called MyIDP.