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Program Administration

The Program Director and the student are responsible for determining the student's initial training (usually the first year). Once the student has selected a research advisor, the advisor assumes responsibility for determining the student's research training in consultation with the Thesis Committee. The responsibilities of the GPN Committees are outlined below:

Executive Committee: This advisory Committee consists of members of the program faculty who will work closely with the Program Director to oversee the administration of the training program. The Executive Committee is charged with overseeing compliance with goals and objectives of the training program. Specifically, the Executive Committee will monitor and evaluate the program objectives and enforce program policies, review trainees' progress, and evaluate long term goals of the program to ensure that the needs of the trainees are met. The Executive Committee will serve as a final review board for appointment of predoctoral trainees fellows. The committee will meet a minimum twice a year. -  Lorraine Iacovitti, PhD (Chair)Irwin Levitan, PhD; Sue Menko, PhD; Jay Schneider, PhD

Committee on Admissions: This committee reviews prospective graduate student applications and recommends qualified and promising applicants for admission to the graduate program. The committee on Admissions will also guide recruiting efforts. Advertisement and recruitment to the Neuroscience Graduate Program at TJU will operate through the Admissions Office of the GSBS. - Kyunghee Koh, PhD (Chair); Mark Fortini, PhD; Lorraine Iacovitti, PhD; Davide Trotti, PhD; Hui Zhang, PhD

Committee on Curriculum: This committee is charged with assisting the program director in reviewing the status of course offerings to ensure that the curriculum is appropriate for the needs of the trainees. The committee will be responsible for soliciting participation of new neuroscience faculty recruits into the curriculum. The committee will attend to yearly evaluation of courses and recommend modifications of existing courses to the Executive Committee. To this end, the committee will examine the course evaluations provided for every course and report to the Executive Committee any recommendations for improvement pertaining to the syllabus and course content. - Ji-fang Zhang, PhD (Chair); Larry Harshyne, PhD; Angelo Lepore, PhD; Diane Merry, PhD

Student Affairs Committee: The Student Affairs Committee and the Program Director meet at the end of each academic semester to review the progress of each trainee in the program. Recommendations with regard to each graduate student may include: (1) continue in good standing, (2) further review with specific remedial recommendations, or (3) dismiss from the program. Final disposition of each student is the responsibility of the Director of the Graduate Program. - Carol Beck, PhD (Chair); George Brainard, PhD; Melanie Elliot, PhD

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