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Neuroscience Graduate Forum (NGF)

The Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP) at USC includes over 100 full-time students of widely varied backgrounds with broad-ranging interests and pursuits. The graduate students constitute a vigorous group and are proactive in providing input to and leadership for the program through their student-run organization, Neuroscience Graduate Forum (NGF). Students and faculty members together constitute an engaged community of scholars whose interactions are enhanced by weekly seminars, journal club activities, and annual symposia and off-site neuroscience retreats. In addition, group social and recreational activities take advantage of the multicultural vibrancy and diversity of Los Angeles and its surroundings.

The 9th Annual USC Neuroscience Graduate Program Symposium

A committee of graduate students organizes an in-house Neuroscience Graduate Student Symposium every spring in which all talks and poster presentations are given by students. This year the Symposium will be held on January, 23, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel on Figueroa (further information will available as the event approaches). It is an extremely popular and successful event that is attended by all students and faculty in the program, as well as visiting prospective graduate students. The program for the 2015 Symposium included a stimulating selection of talks by current graduate students studying diverse aspects of Neuroscience.

Hello from Rachel Yuan, the 2015-16 NGF Czarina


Rachel YuanMy name is Rachel Yuan, and I am the elected student representative, or “Czarina”, of the Neuroscience Graduate Forum (NGF). The purpose of the NGF is to foster a supportive community among the students of the Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP), as well as any students in other programs conducting neuroscience research (Engineering, Psychology, etc.). We organize various meetings and events intended to help students explore the many aspects of a career in neuroscience, to address any general concerns that the students may have, and to provide opportunities for interactions between both students and faculty members of the program. As Czarina, I act as the primary liaison between the graduate students and faculty. The collective goal NGF and its officers is to make sure everyone develops a successful and fulfilling graduate career; we hope that everyone will enjoy their time here and want everyone to be aware of the many opportunities in graduate school and beyond. Check out our NGF website to learn more about our organization or feel free to email me anytime ( with any questions or concerns!