NRT: Neurophotonics Trainee Information Page

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Welcome to the trainee information page. Here you can find out what the traineeship program has to offer and acknowledge that you as the trainees have a responsibility to ensure that the traineeship program is providing you with programs and opportunities for your future endeavors. If at any time you have suggestions for improvements or changes to the program, you should feel free to email

If you are enrolled in a graduate program at BU and want to participate in NRT activities, let us know at

If you are interested in applying to BU graduate school for Neurophotonics Training, then let us know through this form.

As a Trainee, you will:

  • Participate in Boot Camp as an attendee during your 1st year of graduate study. Former participants can be called upon to be an assistant in follow-on years during your graduate program. This year’s Boot Camp will take place in July 2023.
  • Not required, but we recommend core courses during your 2nd and 3rd years to strengthen your neurophotonics training. Individualized plans for each trainee will be developed between your PI and the NRT Education Committee.
  • Receive training in communications throughout your graduate study.
  • Participate in journal clubs. 3rd year students have an opportunity to be on the journal club committee. Your responsibilities are to organize a listing of various Journal Clubs in microscopy, neuroscience, and other topical areas of interest to the neurophotonics students. The journal club committee will be responsible for providing information to all of the trainees on the locations, meeting times, and topics for participation in these journal clubs.
  • Participate in neurophotonics seminars and the symposium. 4th and 5th year students have an opportunity to be part of the seminar series committee. You will be an active member engaging the community in the Neurophotonics seminars and symposium. Your first task during the summer semesters is proposing a list of speakers to the Neurophotonics Center administration. After approval, as a member of the seminar series committee, you will invite and be the ambassador for the invited speaker during their visit to BU.  Seminar series committee participants will be responsible for website announcements, advertising, and organization of the seminar.
  • Be an active member of the Student Leadership Council. Every month there will be an opportunity to meet and discuss issues, upcoming events, challenges, and improvements to the neurophotonics NRT.
  • Attend and participate in the Annual Symposium. Expected involvement includes participation in poster sessions, research talks, invited speaker ambassadors, etc.
  • Participate in neuroethics and professional development training. This will include industry/academic panel discussions that will be organized during the academic year.

As a trainee, you are eligible to apply for:

  • A Travel Award to conferences (e.g. SPIE, OSA, SfN) is provided starting in your third year of graduate study. To be eligible for the award, you must submit a paper or poster for presentation at the conference, and it must be accepted. Additionally, it is expected that you will apply for travel scholarships offered by the conference to help offset the conference fees. It’s important to note that the Travel Award is a one-time-only award.
  • Placement in one of many summer school programs or workshops in neurophotonics.  If you are accepted, please email for assistance with funding your summer school opportunity.
  • Participation in recruiting trips to provide information about our training program and neurophotonics research at BU.

Acknowledging the NRT program in presentations and publications:

  • In any posters, presentations, or publications, please be sure to acknowledge the NRT program and use NPC logo.
  • The funding acknowledgement is the NRT: Neurophotonics Traineeship Program (NRT): Understanding the Brain (UtB)