Call for Applications – UC Davis Neuroscience Initiative to Enhance Diversity (NIED)

Attached to this email you will find a flyer (and application) announcing the inaugural Neuroscience Initiative to Enhance Diversity (NIED) program that will take place at UC Davis and aims to encourage under-represented minority (URM) junior and senior undergraduate students to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience. We are asking for your help in disseminating this information. Please pass this information on to interested students that could benefit from the program and encourage them to apply.
Prospective junior and senior undergraduate students should submit their application to the Neuroscience Graduate Group by the January 15, 2015 deadline. Applications, transcripts, and letters may be mailed or emailed to Cristeta Rillera ( A committee of four faculty members and two graduate students will review all applications and invite at least 30 students to attend the two-day event held onApril 16-17, 2015. The UC Davis Neuroscience Graduate Program will provide for travel expenses, including airfare, lodging, and food.
Over the course of two days, attendees will be actively involved in lab tours, workshops, poster sessions and mini-lectures. They will have the opportunity to meet with faculty members and current graduate students in our graduate program as well as with Dr. James Hildreth, the Dean of the College of Biological Sciences, an outstanding role model and advocate for URM students in graduate training. The overall goal of this event is to educate the students about the doctoral degree, graduate school and the admissions process. The hallmark of this program is the essential skill-building workshops that will help attendees succeed in applying to competitive graduate programs. Workshops will include mock interviews, how to identify and apply to graduate programs, how to write a personal statement, preparing for the Graduate Record Exam. Most importantly, we aim to establish and foster strong working relationships with attendees and the undergraduate institutions that serve them.
If you have further questions or need additional information, please visit our website at or contact Cristeta Rillera (530.757.8845 or


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