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:
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.