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What makes the University of Utah Neuroscience Ph.D. Program unique?

The primary goal of the Neuroscience Program at Utah is to develop well-rounded scientists who are passionate about science and will become the next generation of leaders in our society. 

The Neuroscience PhD Program at the University of Utah offers rigorous training through a combination of coursework, research training, mentoring, and professional development. More than 80 program faculty from 26 participating departments provide broad expertise from molecular and cellular neuroscience, to systems and cognitive neuroscience. 

Students receive hands-on training and mentorship within a world-class research environment, collegial and collaborative mentorship and a vibrant research community. They have the unique opportunity to develop professionally through a variety of student leadership roles, such as organizing the Annual Snowbird Neuroscience Symposium and Neuroscience Program Speaker Series.

Send your questions and inquiries about the Neuroscience PhD Program to our Program Manager at 


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U. of Utah Indigenous Land Acknowledgement Statement

The University of Utah has both historical and contemporary relationships with Indigenous peoples. Given that the Salt Lake Valley has always been a gathering place for Indigenous peoples, we acknowledge that this land, which is named for the Ute Tribe, is the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Shoshone, Paiute, Goshute, and Ute Tribes and is a crossroad for Indigenous peoples. The University of Utah recognizes the enduring relationships between many Indigenous peoples and their traditional homelands. We are grateful for the territory upon which we gather today; we respect Utah’s Indigenous peoples, the original stewards of this land; and we value the sovereign relationships that exist between tribal governments, state governments, and the federal government. Today, approximately 60,000 American Indian and Alaska Native peoples live in Utah. As a state institution, the University of Utah is committed to serving Native communities throughout Utah in partnership with Native Nations and our Urban Indian communities through research, education, and community outreach activities.


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University of Utah Neuroscience Program: Success Starts Here


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2024 - 2025 Neuroscience Seminar Series to be announcement in summer.  Stay posted!







Pat Parker

CONGRATULATIONS PATRICK PARKER: James W. Prahl Memorial Award 2021 recipient

 The James W. Prahl Memorial Award was established by his family, friends, and colleagues in 1979 after a climbing accident took his life. James W. Prahl, MD, PhD, a physician and scientist, was a member of the university faculty from 1975–1979. This award is presented annually to the
outstanding PhD graduate in the Health Sciences at the University of Utah. Applications are accepted each year in February.



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Last Updated: 4/18/24