About the Program
This program is designed to educate and prepare both pre- and postdoctoral trainees for careers in vision research. Predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees have very different needs in this regard and we describe two distinct plans. At the same time, these plans share several features and we use this common ground as a vehicle for integrating our program and creating a cohesive training environment for all.
All scientists must learn the basic vocabulary of their research topics, how to design and execute properly controlled experiments to test specific hypotheses, and how to accurately interpret results. These are fundamental components of the scientific method and should be mastered as part of predoctoral training. In addition, trainees must learn how to present their data effectively, how to critically read and evaluate the scientific literature, how to write scientific publications and grant applications, and be well-versed in scientific ethics and conduct.
New courses have recently been developed to address career development issues for all trainees, and include topics such as managing personnel and dealing with grievances. Both pre- and postdoctoral trainees learn aspects of all these training goals in our program, but distinct emphases are employed for each. Finally, our postdoctoral plan includes coursework on leadership skills.