Training the next generation of scientists is a priority at the Vollum. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows receive highly individualized, hands-on training, working alongside Vollum scientists. Trainees also have multiple opportunities for collaboration.

Postdoctoral Training

The approximately 50 postdoctoral fellows at the Vollum are supported from institutional training grants, research grants, and special fellowships. Postdocs are recruited from across the U.S. and the world, and they receive training not only in their discipline but also in areas essential for their career—from scientific writing to lab management to scientific integrity. All trainees attend a weekly seminar series featuring distinguished scientists from institutions throughout the world. If you are interested in postdoctoral training at the Vollum, you should contact the individual faculty member whose research interests you.

For more information about postdoctoral training at OHSU and resources for postdocs—including information for international trainees—visit the OHSU Postdoctoral Fellows website.


Graduate Programs

Graduate students interested in working with Vollum scientists must first be enrolled in one of OHSU's basic science programs, such as the Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP), the Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology (PMCB), or the MD/PhD program in the School of Medicine. The majority of the students in the Vollum are part of the Neuroscience Graduate Program, whose director is Kelly Monk, PhD. This program continues to draw new faculty from throughout the OHSU campus, ensuring students access to exceptional mentoring. The NGP is supported by several institutional training grants. The Vollum is also home to many students in the PMCB, a campus-wide program that includes the OHSU basic science departments.

Incoming student Beeson practices wet bench techniques during the NGP Bootcamp 2014NGP student Koberstein prepares the electrophysiology rig prior to patch clamping a live cell for recording


Vollum/NGP Summer Undergraduate Program

The Vollum/NGP Summer Undergraduate Program provides fellowships for undergraduate students to engage in neuroscience research at OHSU. Talented young scientists from around the United States and overseas are selected through a competitive application process. Students are partnered with labs where they pursue independent research in molecular, cellular, and behavioral neuroscience. In addition to working in the lab, students attend regular classes on the principles of modern neuroscience, and receive valuable mentoring on applying to graduate school and pursuing careers in science.

Meet the 2018 fellowship recipients