Participation In Scientific Meetings

The Neuroscience Program is committed to providing regular opportunities for graduate students to attend national and international neuroscience meetings, and participation in such meetings is viewed as an important aspect of graduate student training.

The principal meeting, which all neuroscience students are encouraged to attend, is the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. All students are encouraged to participate in this meeting, even though students may not have work to present (e.g., as a poster or platform presentation) until their second year and thereafter. Presenting a poster (or giving a platform presentation) at the Society for Neuroscience Meeting is a valuable learning experience, and the Program will make every effort to support students in this endeavor.

The Neuroscience Program hosts a social gathering at the Society for Neuroscience meeting, at which University of Iowa neuroscience students, faculty, and alumni have the opportunity to exchange news.

Other annual meetings (e.g., the Cognitive Neuroscience Meeting; the Neurobiology of Drosophila Meeting in Cold Spring Harbor) also provide good forums for students to present research work to other scientists.

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