Neuroscience PhD Program

About the Neuroscience PhD Program

The Neuroscience PhD program at UTSA is a vibrant research community that values diverse perspectives and cultivates inclusive and equitable trainee development.

Student Success

Our students are among the best in the country as they have earned highly competitive awards, including F31 and F99/K00 grants from the NIH, GRFP fellowships from the NSF, scholarships from the DoD, and awards from private foundations. Graduates from our program have become faculty members in academia and have obtained positions in industry, consulting, and data science.

Student Support

Students in our program receive $31,000 per year. The program pays for health insurance as well as all tuition and fees. San Antonio is an affordable, growing, minority-majority city with a vibrant civic culture. It is the 7th most populous city and 24th largest metro area the U.S.
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Scientific Environment

UTSA offers a rich scientific environment, with support from the Neuroscience, Developmental and Regenerative Biology Department; the Neurosciences Institute, which sponsors a yearly Research Symposium; and the Brain Health Consortium, which runs workshops and brown bag lunches. Our neuroscience community is constantly growing and currently includes 30+ faculty members with research strengths in Brain Disorders, Computational Neuroscience, Electrical Signaling, Sensory Processing, and Stem Cells & Development.

A key aspect of our program is the weekly Neuroscience Seminars. Students can invite speakers to present in this series. Additionally, students can participate in the Neuroscientists Talk Shop podcast, which currently has over 200 episodes. Students also attend the Neuro Friday meetings where members of the Neuroscience community at all levels get rigorous, constructive feedback on grants, papers, and works in progress. These activities provide excellent opportunities to develop scientific networks and gain first-hand experience with the personal interactions at the heart of doing science.

Professional Development

Neuroscience PhD students learn core scientific proficiencies such as lab and data science techniques, oral and written communication skills, experience in synthesizing large amounts of information, project and time management skills, and experience working in teams. The program supports a culture of interaction and students have many opportunities to present and critique each other's work. These include presenting research rotation talks and PhD research symposia hosted by the department, participating in the Neuro Friday meetings.

Students have networking opportunities through their weekly lunches with the invited Neuroscience Seminar speakers. Additionally, students can network when presenting and attending at national meetings. Funds to attend meetings are available from the faculty mentors, the department, and the college.

Core Facilities

UTSA has a number of core facilities to support state-of-the-art research: