New Student Guide
Before You Arrive
For most questions, feel free to contact our Neuroscience Program Coordinator Gary Longstreet. He is a veritable fountain of knowledge, and very friendly to boot.
- Before you arrive at Emory, there are a few details you need to take care of that might not be mentioned in the orientation literature. This page is designed to help you with issues that arise when you are far away, or have just arrived in Atlanta and don't know what to do with yourself before the semester has started. This list is not categorical - if you have any concerns or questions at all, ask someone!
- You will also be assigned a Neurobuddy (student mentor) over the summer, who can answer questions about the area, housing, classes, setting up your first rotation, etc. Exhaust this person with questions.
- Remember that your first stipend check arrives one month after the semester begins, so have money to cover your first few weeks. Insurance coverage does start right away though.
- If you've arrived in Atlanta and feel a little socially isolated, use the current student list to call some of the students you 'clicked with' during interviews. Although they conduct research in the summer, it shouldn't be too hard to find someone interested in showing you around. Also, don't forget about your incoming peers!
Succeeding in Graduate School
The graduate school survival guides below share just one important trait: they were written by people who successfully earned a PhD and still had enough energy left over to write about the experience. Though written by people in other fields and at other universities; they nonetheless contain many universal truths that can help a PhD student in Emory Neuroscience. As one writer states, "if you bother to talk to and learn from the people who have already gone through this process, you might graduate two years earlier.
- How to do Research - from the MIT AI Lab
- "So Long, and Thanks for the PhD!" by Ron Azuma
- "How to Be a Good Graduate Student" by Marie des Jardins