Neuroscience Graduate Program students serve as teaching assistants for one semester in their second year. This teaching requirement ensures that students understand the importance of, and challenges associated with, teaching in the academic setting. Students are paired with a Program faculty member and dedicate approximately 6-8 hours/week to teaching during the semester (approximately 15 weeks). As a teaching assistant, students conduct discussion sections, lead laboratory sections and give lectures. Brown-NIH Graduate Partnership Program students do not have a teaching requirement, though they can explore teaching assistant opportunities with the NIH-GPP office.
After reaching Ph.D. candidacy, students may elect to enhance their teaching capabilities by joining activities sponsored by Brown University’s Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning. The Sheridan Center has teaching certificate programs, services, and publications that explore the diverse pedagogical approaches. The Brown Neuroscience Graduate Program also participates in a variety of community outreach programs to promote science education.