Thesis Requirements

The preparation and defense of the PhD thesis in Neuroscience is a culmination of a student's independent laboratory research. During the course of thesis research, the Student Advisory Committee will assist the student and the thesis advisor in defining the nature and the scope of the research project that will form the basis of the doctoral dissertation. Students are required to remain in residence until the thesis research has been completed to the satisfaction of the PhD mentor, the Student Advisory Committee and the Thesis Examining Committee.

All students must follow the thesis defense guidelines established by the Einstein Graduate Program here.

In addition to the guidelines that are set by Einstein Graduate Program, students in the Department of Neuroscience are required to fulfill the following additional requirements:

1-At least three months prior to the to the date of Thesis Examination, the PhD candidate must seek written approval from the Chair of the Department of Neuroscience to defend their thesis. Upon approval, the necessary forms should be submitted to the Office of the Einstein Graduate Division for approval of the membership of the Thesis Examining Committee by the Einstein Graduate Committee. 

2- At least five weeks prior to the date of the Thesis Examination, the PhD candidate must submit a full copy of their dissertation to the Chair of the Department of Neuroscience for written approval that the thesis meets the Department’s standards, and that it is defensible. Students can expect a decision within a week of receiving the full thesis.

- For this review the Chair may seek the advice of one or more faculty members during approval of the thesis. This procedure will be used in every case when the PhD candidate is mentored, or co-mentored by the Chair.

- Only after written approval may the PhD candidate request to post the notice of the thesis seminar, and share their thesis with the members of the Examining Committee. The members of the Examining Committee should receive a copy of thesis at least three weeks prior to the date of the Thesis Examination.

- If review finds that the thesis does not meet Departmental standards, the PhD candidate, the mentor, and the SAC will be informed. A special SAC will be convened with members appointed by the Chair in consultation with the Neuroscience Graduate Education Committee, and the student will be asked to revise and resubmit the thesis. Revisions may require additional laboratory work, in addition to reanalyzing the data and rewriting the thesis. The special SAC will follow the progress of the required revisions, and would need to approve the revised thesis in writing before the thesis can be sent back to the Chair for approval. Only with the final approval of the Chair can the student move forward with their Thesis Examination. In the event that the PhD candidate and mentor disagree with any decision, they may appeal to the Graduate Education Committee, which will review the case and make a recommendation to the Chair. Notwithstanding their recommendation, the Chair shall have final discretion.