Graduate Program in Neuroscience

Students Resources

Program Resources

Computational Neuroscience Center

The CNC performs computational and theoretical research that unifies and interprets the extraordinary data on neural systems being developed by our partners in Seattle and around the world. 


The University of Washington has several libraries available to its students, faculty, and staff. The main UW Library and the Health Sciences Library. The Health Sciences Library has access to a lot of on-line journals and helpful information about its contents.

The Basics

UW Libraries staff are here to help 24/7! Look for the AskUs! icon on most Libraries website pages to chat, email, or set up an appointment with the GPN librarian, Diana Louden (✉).

Use the directions here to connect to databases and journal articles from off campus.

Request publications through interlibrary loan that you can’t access online (for free).

For efficient access to full-text articles, use the UW Libraries link to PubMed and link your Google Scholar account to the UW Libraries.

Topics to Discuss With The Librarian

  • Conducting literature reviews, tracking down difficult-to-find information, and troubleshooting database problems.
  • Using citation managers like EndNote and Zotero to organize your articles and format citations for your papers.
  • Setting up a system for monitoring the literature.
  • Recommended approaches for expanding and documenting your research impact.


Visit and bookmark the Life Sciences Graduate Student research guide. It has database recommendations, search strategy tips, and directions for setting up alerts.

Follow the Research Commons and Open Scholarship Commons to learn about workshops, writing consultations, and services for graduate students.

Plan to contact Diana Louden when you want assistance. She’s happy to help over email, Zoom, or in person.


Neurohackademy is a summer school in neuroimaging and data science, held at the University of Washington eScience Institute. Participants will learn about technologies used to analyze human neuroscience data and to make analysis and results shareable and reproducible.

Teaching Resources

Strategies for TAs

Teaching@UW: Strategies for TAs include two components to support new TAs in their teaching journey 1) Asynchronous learning opportunities in Canvas and 2) Live learning session on Zoom.


Visit Teaching@UW for more resources and information on reflective teaching practices, course design, inclusive teaching, and engaging students.

Graduate Resources

Basic Sciences Affinity Groups

Affinity groups are social and professional organizations that amplify and celebrate the experiences of individuals with a common historically excluded identity. These groups provide a social “brave” space for members of an identity group to share resources and experiences, promoting inclusivity while recognizing diversity and providing a support system. Groups for the Basic Sciences are modeled on those available to medical students.

MCB and Immunology DEI Committees collaborated to facilitate the nucleation of these groups in the research community. These groups are fully autonomous and organized and shaped by, and for, the trainees in each group. Learn more here.

Childcare Assistance Program

The Childcare Assistance Program (formerly known as Student Parent Resource Center) is designed to assist UW Seattle Campus students in covering the costs of licensed childcare for their children (ages birth – 12 years old) while enrolled in an eligible program of study. This award is funded by Student & Activity fees paid by students attending the Seattle Campus.

To apply for Childcare Assistance, please visit the Application Process web page.

If you need help finding a childcare provider, please click here. For additional information, please visit Childcare Assistance Resources.

Graduate School 

The Graduate School is here to help you through to graduation. Check out the UW Graduate School’s website to learn more about graduation requirements, important dates and deadlines, thesis and dissertation policies, and general information regarding student success!

Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS)

Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS)is the official student government for graduate and professional students at the University of Washington. GPSS provides students with representation both on campus and in the legislature and builds community with regular communications and opportunities for involvement throughout the year. Each UW department or program sends two Senators to Senate Meetings every other Wednesday at 5:30PM.

Student Senate Representative

Duration and eligibility: One to two years, first year and continuing students
What is involved: GPSS Senators are expected to attend at least three Senate meetings per quarter, get input from students in the Neuroscience Graduate Program, and relay information from the GPSS to Neuroscience students.

For more information about GPSS and becoming a Senator, visit the Graduate and Professional Student Senate website.

Graduate Student Affairs

Graduate Student Affairs is housed within the Office of Student & Postdoctoral Affairs in The Graduate School, utilizes a holistic approach to supporting graduate students through student-centered services & programming, timely resources, and intentional tri-campus partnerships. They organize Professional Development events, host student success programming for first gen and international students and they create opportunities for campus engagement and graduate student leadership. The Graduate Student Affairs office is in Loew Hall on the Seattle campus. For more information, visit the Graduate Student Affairs website.

Graduate Student Equity & Excellence (GSEE) 

The GSEE is committed to enhancing equity and social progression to promote the success of graduate students of color. The GSEE provides leadership and advocacy to achieve equitable representation, access, and success for graduate students of color at UW. The GSEE promotes and supports outreach, recruitment, and graduate student success; professional development and community building; graduate funding opportunities; scholarship and research; and advocacy, consulting and advising. Visit the GSEE website for more information.

Hall Health and Student Insurance (GAIP) 

Hall Health provides exceptional medical and mental health care to our diverse student body as well as established non-student patients. Though all of our services, we work to promote lifelong well-being, achievement, and resilience. Our physicians and nurse practitioners are board-certified and our mental health care providers are licensed and experienced in supporting students. Hall Health services are in-network under GAIP.

Student Financial Services 

Some students may require additional funding for books, childcare, etc. If so, you may consider applying for financial aid through the University of Washington’s financial aid office at ( or various other outside funding agencies. These sources are not generally available to international students.

University 501 (U501) Graduate School Orientation

U501 is a self-guided, online resource designed for graduate and professional students at all three campuses and is intended to help prepare students for their arrival to and start at UW. U501 is live on Canvas, as modules containing text and videos, and available for students to explore at Graduate School Orientation. Review the entire orientation or just individual modules that are helpful. Students have access to the Canvas course through their UW NetID, new students will receive access to a video library outside of Canvas, and there are 5 modules that can be accessed at any time.

International Student Resources

International Student Services

ISS staff advises international students with F-1 or J-1 visas who are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs on the Seattle campus of the University of Washington.

ISS advocates for international student success and contributes to the cultural diversity of the community by promoting education and global citizenship.

Visit the UW ISS website to learn more.


CIRCLE (the Center for International Relations & Cultural Leadership Exchange) is the UW’s primary portal to resources, community and activities that help international and domestic students maximize their Husky Experience, together. CIRCLE streamlines critical support for international students and engages both domestic and international students so that they thrive at UW and in the global economy.

Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS)

FIUTS is a nonprofit organization founded on campus at the University of Washington and focused on promoting international understanding and community. FIUTS believes in person-to-person diplomacy as key to international understanding, and that connections between individuals can lead to bonds between communities and bridges between cultures and nations. When people from diverse backgrounds share experiences, conversations, and learning in a safe environment, they build relationships that have the potential to shape the future for all of us. Visit the FIUTS website to learn more.

Campus Resources

Career and Internship Center

The Career Center provides general career support, resume reviews, interview training, support for connecting with employers or UW alum, as well as career exploration and career coaching. To understand what to do post-Ph.D., schedule an appointment with a counselor to discuss options. For more information, visit the Career and Internship Center.

Civil Rights Investigation Office (UCIRO and Title IX)

The Civil Rights Investigation Office investigates complaints made about University employees and students that raise concerns relating to civil rights such as protection from discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and sexual misconduct. The University Complaint Investigation and Resolution Office (UCIRO) and the Title IX Investigation Office (TIXIO) are now collectively the Civil Rights Investigation Office.

Title IX and other federal and state laws collectively prohibit discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, pregnancy or parenting status, and LGBTQ+ identity. To make a Title IX report.

Department of Biostatistics and Statistics – Consulting Service

Faculty and graduate students in the Consulting Program of the Departments of Biostatistics and Statistics offer free statistical advice to the UW community through scheduled 50-minute consulting appointments when classes are in session. They assist with design of studies and experiments (including the preparation of grant proposals), data visualization and presentation, choice and application of statistical methods, and development of specialized statistical methods in some cases.

Disability Resources for Students (DRS)

DRS is dedicated to ensuring access and inclusion for all students with disabilities on the Seattle campus enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, professional, evening degree and access programs. DRS serves over 2,400 students with either temporary or permanent physical, health, learning, sensory or psychological disabilities. They partner with students and faculty jointly in the process to establish accommodations, services, and access to academic programs. This office requires self-identification, and their office must be contacted to provide assistance or accommodation. Their office is in the basement of Mary Gates Hall on upper campus. For more information, visit the DRS website.

Housing and Food Services (HFS)

The HFS provides safe, sustainable, and convenient on-campus housing options for students in all stages of their college experience; offers a variety of dining options, catering, and conference services, and manages the Husky Card.

Husky Union Building (HUB) 

The HUB at the Seattle campus of the UW welcomes more than two million students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests each year. It also hosts events and houses the programs and services of student government, the Student Activities Office, and a wide variety of dining, meeting, and conference spaces.

Leadership Without Borders 

Leadership Without Borders (LWB) works to serve and empower undocumented students at the University of Washington. LWB offers leadership development resources, college success navigators, the Husky Lending Library, a space for community building, and connections to other campus and community resources.


Provides tools and resources to help students access and develop a sense of self; also helps students who may need a higher level of support and more individualized attention. See LiveWell website for more information.

Odegaard Writing & Research Center (OWRC)

The OWRC provides writing and research support for students’ work in courses throughout college. Located on the ground floor of the Odegaard library. This resource is great for putting together papers for class, thesis work, or papers for publications. Visit the OWRC website.

Q Center

The Q Center facilitates and enhances a brave, affirming, liberatory and celebratory environment for students, faculty, staff and alumni of all sexual and gender orientation, identities, and expressions.              


The mission of the SafeCampus campaign is to foster a safe and secure UW campus community. SafeCampus acts as the central point of communication and coordinating unit for violence mitigation activities across the UW. SafeCampus is available 24/7, telephones are answered by staff especially trained to receive reports of potentially violent situations and provide resources and referrals to UW Services. Call SafeCampus when someone is unsafe and could harm others or themselves to get advice or to have them call the police or with questions or to get advice on how to handle violent and harassment scenarios. To call SafeCampus Seattle, dial: (206) 685-7233.

Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center

The Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center of the University of Washington is part of The Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity. The Kelly ECC has a wealth of resources and opportunities available to students including student advising, organizational development, personal growth, and referrals to different departments and programs.

Student Legal Services

University of Washington Student Legal Services (SLS) is an on-campus law office that provides confidential legal advice and representation to currently enrolled UW students across all three campuses. The SLS offers free and confidential 40-minute consultations, services and court representation in select areas of law that student encounter most often and for which it would be difficult to obtain low-cost legal representation.

Student Veteran Life

Founded by student veterans, Student Veteran Life provides programs, services, and community for student veterans and active-duty service members attending the University.         

Intramural Activities (IMA)

The IMA offers safe, accessible, and dynamic recreation, sports, and fitness opportunities to UW students, faculty, and staff, at every level of interest and ability.

Union at UW Local 4121

The UAW Local 4121 is the Union at UW (UAW) of Academic Student Employees, Postdocs, and Research Scientists/Engineers, including RAs, TAs, Tutors, Graders, and more, across the three UW campuses. See the ASE Contract for more information.

University Ombud

The Office of Ombud provide high quality, client-focused services for preventing, managing, navigating and resolving conflict at the UW while also working to improve the fairness and effectiveness of the University’s systems and operations. Under Executive Order No. 18, the University Ombud help individual members of the University community explore and asset their rights and interests within the University and improve the fairness and effectiveness of the University’s systems and operations.

UW Counseling Center

UW Counseling Center provides services including Mental Health Workshops, Non-Therapeutic Groups, Therapeutic Groups, Group Therapy, Mindfulness Workshop, Yoga, and Meditation.

UW Human Resources – Transgender Resources 

UW HR provides a list of resources for transgender folks as well as administrations, departments, and programs who work with transgender populations. These resources include University Policy and procedures, workplace transition plans, terminology, and best practices for managers among others.

Women’s Center

The UW Alene Moris Women’s Center is a catalyst for change. They disrupt cycles of oppression and break down gender-based barriers through transformational education programs, leadership development, and advocacy for girls and women. The university believes women’s rights are human rights. Programs and services are open to all students, staff, faculty, and community members.