Cognitive Neuroscience
 
Being a Cog Neuro Graduate Student, Year by Year

Year 1 |  Year 2 | Year 3 | Year 4 | Being a Post-Doc  | FMRI Camps and Workshops

 

 Year 1.

Temple Requirements

 
 

• Work on well-formed first year project.

 

• Give 30-min talk on first year project (April).

 

• Complete 2 semesters grad-level statistics.

 

• Complete 2 core courses.

Olson Lab Suggestions

 
 

• Apply for NSF predoctoral fellowship (Oct-Nov).

 

• Apply for summer brain camp (Jan-Feb).

 

• Go to lab meetings of collaborators whose work segues with your own.

 

• Submit abstract to SFN, CNS, OPAM, or other conference.

Year 2.

Temple Requirements

 
 

• Present at a meeting.

 

• Complete 2 core courses.

Olson Lab Suggestions

 
 

• Apply for NSF predoctoral fellowship (Oct-Nov).

 

• Apply for summer brain camp (Jan-Feb).

 

• Present at lab meetings of collaborators whose work segues with your own.

 

•Submit abstract to SFN, CNS, OPAM, or other conference.

Year 3.

Temple Requirements

 
 

• Complete written prelim exam (Sept).

 

• Submit dissertation proposal.

 

• Begin work on dissertation after proposal is accepted.

 

• Submit manuscript for publication by Dec.

 

• Present at a meeting.

Olson Lab Suggestions

 
 

• Submit graduate NRSA grant.

 

• Submit abstract to SFN, CNS, OPAM, or other conference.

 

• Get to know people working in your field via email correspondence, meetings, etc.

Year 4.

Temple Requirements

 
 

• Present at a meeting.

 

• Work on dissertation, possibly defend at end of year 4 or beginning of 5.

Olson Lab Suggestions

 
 

• Submit abstract to SFN, CNS, OPAM, or other conference.

 

• Get to know people working in your field via email correspondence, meetings, etc.

 

• Begin planning life after graduate school (Fall).

 

Being a Cog Neuro Post-Doc, Year by Year

Year 1.

 

• Go to an intensive fMRI workshop.

 

• Apply for an NRSA grant; if foreign, look for foundation grants.

 

• Find a good project and begin collecting fMRI data.

 

• Collect converging evidence for fMRI findings from another technique: lesion, TMS, etc.

 

• Go to and present at Coslett, Chatterjee, or Newcombe lab meetings.

 

• Submit abstract to SFN, CNS, OPAM, or other conference.

 

• End of year 1: Submit empirical paper from year 1 for publication.

 

• End of year 1: Re-apply for Temple job.

 

 

 

Year 2.

 

• Consider writing a review paper.

 

• Submit abstract to SFN, CNS, OPAM, or other conference.

 

• Volunteer to teach classes for Russell Epstein, Ingrid, etc.

 

• Get to know people working in your field via email correspondence, meetings, etc.

 

• Offer to present at lab meetings of people whose work segues well with your own.

 

• Consider applying for jobs in the fall.

 

• Submit empirical paper.

 

 

List of Intensive fMRI Workshops