The Neuroscience Graduate Program at Michigan sends the leaders and best to academia and the private sector with a graduate education that is second to none. Education based on cutting edge questions and technology inspires our students to reach beyond themselves to seek and find answers to the most perplexing challenges in the neuroscience field. We provide two opportunities to support our program and the students who will be the next generation of neuroscience researchers, physicians and entrepreneurs to teach, invent, build, and inspire generations to come. We welcome you to join us in the mission to support the leaders and best in the Neuroscience Graduate Program. Please consider gifting to the fund of your choice and know that your contributions will forever be a part of significant and impactful neuroscience discoveries.
Neuroscience Graduate Education Fund
Contributions to this fund will be used to support graduate student attendance at neuroscience courses/symposia to advance their educational and technical training and their professional development, for bridging support when their research mentors encounter a temporary loss of funding, and for pilot research funding.
Sean Low Memorial Fund
The Neuroscience Graduate Program has established this fund in memory of alumnus Sean Low. In recognition of Sean’s passion and dedication to Neuroscience and the University of Michigan, we will use the scholarship funds annually to support a summer Neuroscience research experience (10 weeks) for a first-generation, in-state college student attending the University of Michigan. While Sean's life and his research were cut short, your contributions to this fund will ensure that future students will carry his inspiration and enthusiasm forward.
Each spring, the UofM Neuroscience Graduate Student Organization hosts BrainsRule!, an educational outreach program designed to instill a passion for science in local middle school students. Approximately 300 sixth- and seventh-grade students from the surrounding area come to the university for a day of fun hands-on learning activities that focus on the brain and behavior. As science proficiency continues to lag far behind other subjects in statewide K-12 standardized testing, we believe BrainsRule! is critical in engaging our local youth to become interested in science. Our event is entirely volunteer run and operates solely on funds received from donations and university grants. Your donations will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event by covering the transportation costs for participating schools and providing supplies for running the demonstrations.
Neuroscience Graduate Program Fee Waiver Fund
Applicants to the Neuroscience Graduate Program are required to pay an application fee of $75 (US citizens) or $90 (non-US citizens) to the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan. This can present a significant barrier to the application process for some individuals. While some fee waivers are available from the Rackham Graduate School, these are limited in number. This fund was established as a mechanism for the Neuroscience Graduate Program to provide fee waivers upon request by applicant meeting specific eligibility criteria.