Students are required to participate in Neuroscience Journal Club (MEDS 6497) for the duration of their graduate career. Exceptions may be made to those students who have received written approval from their thesis committee to write their thesis. Neuroscience Journal Club, which meets each Wednesday from noon – 1 p.m. during the school year, is a major focal point of the Neuroscience Graduate Program. Participants include students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty. Presenters select a current research article that they find noteworthy, make the reference available to the UConn Health neuroscience community, and then present appropriate background, the article itself, and their critique of the work. The diversity of topics selected by presenters, together with input from attendees, makes this an important learning opportunity for all participants. A goal for each speaker is to allow researchers with diverse interests and backgrounds to appreciate the subject matter of the paper selected. Students are encouraged to consult with their faculty advisors as well as other students and faculty for help in selecting an article. Grades are based on attendance and participation, as well as on the student’s presentation.