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The Chen Center for Neuroscience Education

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The Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience at Caltech, founded in December 2016 with the generous support of philanthropists Tianqiao Chen and Chrissy Luo, offers a number of opportunities for graduate students in neuroscience. The Chen Institute recognizes the importance of fostering graduate student participation and enriching the graduate student experience through the activities it sponsors.

Neuroscience PhD Options

At Caltech, there are five different PhD Options where students can receive graduate training in neuroscience. They are Neurobiology, Computation and Neural Systems, Social and Decision Neuroscience, Bioengineering and Biology. Each of these training programs have unique features. Read more about each of them here.


Chen Institute Women in Neuroscience (CWiN)
Chen Institute Women in Neuroscience (CWiN)

Chen Institute Women in Neuroscience (CWiN) is open to faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars and students in the neurosciences. CWiN aims to support the careers and education of women in neuroscience.


Chen Institute Workshops
Chen Institute Workshops

The Chen Institute Workshops are designed to introduce non-neuroscientists to some of the challenging problems facing our understanding of brain function.

Monthly Social Hours
Networking Opportunities

The Chen Institute sponsors monthly events that bring together graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, scientific staff and faculty to share ideas, build community and encourage cross-disciplinary collaborations.


Annual Retreat
Annual Retreat

The Chen Institute annual retreat offers graduate students a place to showcase their current research through talks and poster sessions. The informal structure aids in building camaraderie between faculty, postdocs, staff and grad students.


Chen Graduate Fellows Chen Graduate Fellows

The Chen Institute provides fellowships to exceptional first-year graduate students in neuroscience options at Caltech. The fellows also have opportunities to attend special Institute events.