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PhD program: Training activities

Once the students are formally accepted in the program, through a personal on-line application they have to detail all their research activities in the program with dates and places. Every item has to be validated by the PhD supervisor.

Research Activities and Funding (60 hours)
6 ECTS credits. Offered by the UMH each semester.
Schedule: Fall semester of the first year. Evaluation system: Objective evaluation.
Students coming from a master with scientific background that includes a research project do not have to do this course.

Research seminars at the Institute of Neuroscience (40 hours)
One weekly seminar throughout the academic year: IN seminars

Presentation and discussion of the thesis project
At the end of the second semester of their first year, students publicly present their thesis project. The aim is to discuss its coherence and suggest improvements. The presentation and discussion are conducted in English. Duration: 30 minutes in a single session of seminars. Alternatively, the students can present their project in a Department/Unit seminar with the same format.
Evaluation system: Evaluation of the presentation and incorporation of improvements.

Participation in Institutional Scientific Activities
Conferences, seminars and symposia involving PhD students are carried out as part of the scientific activities of the Institute. This type of activity is variable in its frequency and content, but every year there is a Christmas Meeting (December) and a scientific Progress Report (June) by members of the Institute.

Participation in national and international conferences
PhD students generally attends two neuroscience conferences. Due to the annual alternation of the FENS (Federation of European Neuroscience Societies) and SENC (Spanish Society for Neuroscience) conferences, they generally complete their PhD program with communications (usually in the form of a poster) at national and international meetings. Furthermore, students have the opportunity of resubmit their posters for the poster session that takes place at the Christmas Meeting organized by the Institute.

Participation in neuroscience courses. Organized by the Spanish society of Neurosciences or international societies (FENS, IBRO, Society for Neuroscience). It is expected that students attend 1-2 courses during their training.

Stays in external laboratories both in Spain and aboard. It is expected that students spend at least 3 months in an external laboratory.

Participation in dissemination activities (10 hours)
The Brain Awareness Week is one of the activities the IN organizes to expose neuroscience to the public. There are several open-door sessions in which scientists of all levels explains the type of research going on at the Institute. These activities, which also include street exhibitions, have a significant commitment from PhD students.

Progress Evaluation: Each year, the academic Commission of the PhD program will evaluate the Research Plan and the document of activities together with the reports that for this purpose must send the Thesis Director. Positive evaluation will be required to continue in the program. The students must register every academic year (including the year when the thesis is deposited) in order to confirm their status.

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