Education and Training Opportunities

In conjunction with the Psychiatric Neuroimaging Program and the Vanderbilt Addiction Center, the Cowan Lab offers a range of educational and research activities for graduate students.  These include seminars, journal clubs, and direct research experiences.  The Cowan Lab accepts graduate students participating in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP) and the Neuroscience Graduate Program.  Students interested in a rotation in the lab or conducting their dissertation work in the Cowan Lab should contact Ron Cowan.

Research Elective for Vanderbilt Medical Students in the Immersion Phase

Medical students are an integral component of the research program at the Cowan Lab.  Our goal is for every medical student on research clerkship to obtain an exceptional research experience and to obtain mastery of research methods and concepts.  Students learn through reviews of the literature, hands-on experience, discussions at lab meetings, and journal clubs and seminars. Each medical student in the Cowan Lab is expected to earn first authorship on a peer-reviewed manuscript in a high-quality scientific journal. A broad range of research topics are available. 

In addition to lab-specific activities, the Psychiatric Neuroimaging Program co-sponsors with the Vanderbilt University of Imaging Science (VUIIS) an ongoing neuroimaging seminar series.

Students interested in a research clerkship experience in the lab should contact Ron Cowan.