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Vision Training at Brown University

Vision training at Brown involves research, coursework, and the development of

career skills. The Basic Research section of this website lists ongoing vision

research at Brown and provides links to individual lab sites. Courses range from

the molecular biology and physiology of the visual system to visual perception and

cognition to neural modeling and implementation of artificial visual systems. In

addition to formal courses, there are numerous journal clubs at which current

research papers are discussed. Recent journal club themes have included visual

perception, population coding, neuroimaging, and physiology.

In addition to the Center for Vision Research seminar series there are many on-

campus and hospital-based seminar series that include coverage of vision.

Moreover, seminars given by top vision scientists are routine parts of colloquia

series in the Departments of Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences, MPPB (Molecular

Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biotechnology), Neuroscience, Ophthalmology,

and Psychology. Additional seminars on quantitative aspects of visual processing

and artificial visual systems take place in the Departments of Applied Mathematics,

Computer Science, Engineering, and Physics. Career skills are another essential

component of vision training. Graduate students attend sessions devoted to

scientific ethics, science writing, applying for grants, and applying for research


Undergraduates interested in vision can take most of the many vision courses listed

on the Vision Courses page. Many vision research labs also host undergraduates

in independent study and honors projects.

Graduate students studying vision are presently training in numerous department-

based graduate programs. These programs include Applied Math, Cognitive and

Linguistic Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering, Neuroscience, Physics,

Molecular Pharmacology, and Psychology.  Research crossing the boundaries of

departments and laboratories is highly encouraged.

Students are supported by teaching assistantships, outside fellowships, and a

variety of research grants. In addition, the Center for Vision Research has a grant

from the National Eye Institute specifically for training graduate students in vision

research and the Brain Science Program offers support for graduate training that

cuts across the computational and brain sciences.

How to apply for graduate school:

Students interested in graduate research in vision should apply to one or more of

the graduate programs listed above. Candidates must submit their applications to

the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School.