Courses and Program Requirements

Required Courses for IGERT Trainees:
Independent Research (RU BIOE 506) Instructor-Raphael
Sensory Neuroengineering (RU BIOE 592) Instructor-Raphael
Neural Signal Processing (RU ELEC 548) Instructor-Kemere
Translational Neuroengineering (RU MECH 599) Instructor-O’Malley
Global Ethics & Policy in Neuroengineering (under development for Spring 2018 at RU) Instructor-Raphael
Strongly Recommended:
Introduction to Neuroengineering (RU BIOE 590) Instructor-Robinson
Learning from Sensor Data (RU BIOE 575) Instructor-Baraniuk

During fellowship trainees are required to take one of the following technical electives:
Nano-Neurotechnology (RU BIOE / ELEC 680) Instructor-Robinson
Data Mining & Statistical Learning (RU STAT 444) Instructor-Allen
Bioinformatics: Network Analysis (RU BIOC 572) Instructor-Nakhleh
Physiological Control Systems (RU BIOE / ELEC 482) Instructor-Clark
Theoretical & Computational Neuroscience I (RU NEUR 415)
Theoretical & Computational Neuroscience II (RU NEUR 416)

During fellowship trainees are also required to take a course on one of the following subjects:
– Entrepreneurship
– Policy
– Professional Development

Recommended Course:
Intro to Neuroengineering (RU ELEC480/BIOE480) Instructor-Robinson

Other fellowship requirements:
Cluster for Neuroengineering Annual Symposium (TBA) – Trainees will attend conference and participate in poster session every year of fellowship
– Keck Annual Research Conference (October 26, 2018) – Trainees will attend conference and participate in poster session every year of fellowship
– Annual IGERT retreat (2018 date TBD) – Trainees will attend and present research every year of fellowship
– Annual IGERT evaluation (Summer 2018) – participate in annual program evaluation and submit progress report and other needed verification documents
– Weekly IGERT trainee meetings – Trainees will meet weekly as part of BIOE 506 (Fall 2017 and Spring 2018) to discuss their ongoing research and promote camaraderie and a more unified cohort.
– Develop an Individual Development Plan (IPD) via your home institution or the AAAS online guide. You will not be required to submit a copy to program administration, but you will be asked to report on goal-setting and goal attainment.
Complete Responsible Conduct of Research (NIH-approved ethics course)

Seminar and Workshop Attendance:
Trainees are required to attend one workshop and 5-10 seminars per semester. Of these, they must attend:
– Rigor and Reproducibility Workshop, TBA
– Two (2) Keck Seminars (minimum of 2 required)
– Three (3) BCM Neuroscience Seminars (minimum of 3 required)
Rice Bioengineering Seminar Series (no minimum required)
Rice Electrical & Computer Engineering Seminar Series (no minimum required)
UT Neurobiology & Anatomy Seminar Series (no minimum required)
*NOTE: Some seminars and poster presentations at local conferences will be designated as required as opportunities present themselves as part of BIOE 506.

Outreach experience through BrainStem (a project led by Rice faculty)
Rice Neuroscience Society (a student-run and organized group)
Trainees are welcome to recommend other neuroscience-related community outreach projects to fulfill this requirement.