Graduate Application & Admission Information

We invite prospective students to contact our department by filling out an online preliminary questionnaire prior to submitting an official application. After reviewing our faculty research interests, please select up to three PNB faculty whose research programs best align with your own research goals. This process will help us identify an appropriate faculty contact but does not commit you to work in a particular laboratory upon entering our program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with application review beginning December 1st.

*Note: The Preliminary Questionnaire is not the application to graduate school. The link for the online application to the UConn Graduate Program is found in the next section.

Admission Process

The Graduate Affairs and Admissions Committee reviews each application and tries to match applicants with major advisors that express interest in accepting new graduate students. As such, admission into the PNB graduate program is usually based on an individual faculty member’s interest/availibity in accepting you into their lab and being your major advisor. It may be helpful (though not required) to contact the top three faculty members individually by email to discuss your interests, your lab experience, and academic qualifications and to determine whether there is an opening in their laboratory for you.

Admission Requirements

Full requirements for admission into UConn's Graduate School and the PNB program can be found in the UConn graduate school page. To apply for admission to the Physiology and Neurobiology Graduate Program, please see the requirements below. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with reviews beginning on December 1st.

Personal Statement

This 1.5-3 page document should tell the PNB admissions committee everything you would like to discuss in a personal interview, particularly information that cannot be expressed quantitatively. You should include your reasons for undertaking graduate work, your ultimate plans, and how you happened to select your desired field. Details about your preparation, your strengths and weaknesses as a student, any academic honors, scholarships, or fellowships you have received, your research experience and any scientific publications will all be helpful.

Letters of Recommendation

We ask prospective students to submit 3 letters of recommendation. The recommender can be a mentor, an academic or research advisor, or an instructor or faculty who knows you and can give their impression of you. The recommendation letter should be written on official letterhead of the institution represented by the recommender. These should be uploaded with your other application materials, or your recommender may email them directly to our graduate program assistant at or mail them to Kathleen Kelleher, PNB Graduate Program, 75 N. Eagleville Road, Storrs, CT 06269.

Additional Notes

* When filling out the application, please be sure to put “Physiology & Neurobiology” on the application where it indicates “Field of study and degree” and please fill in the “Preferred Advisor” (you can include more than one name there). This will help us identify an appropriate faculty contact but does not commit you to work in a particular laboratory should you enter our program. If you have any questions or would like to request additional information, please email our graduate program assistant at

** GRE Scores are not required, but students who wish to submit their scores may do so. The GRE code for UConn Storrs is 3915 and the PNB Department code is 0217.