For New Students

Student Handbook

The student handbook contains the official guidelines and requirements of students completing their Ph.D. in the IPN.

Health Insurance

Georgetown covers your health insurance through Gallagher Koster. Prior to arriving, you will have filled out a medical history form which will be mailed to you after admission. During orientation you will have to fill out some paper work to accept enrollment into the program.
You do not receive vision or dental insurance. However, you do receive a dental discount via the Basix program. You can also purchase dental insturance through Gallagher Koster.

Student ID Card

You will get your ID card, known as your GoCard, on the first day of orientation. The office is located in the Leavey Center adjacent to the bookstore.

E-mail Account

If you do not receive information about your email account prior to arriving, you can go to University Information Systems office to open your email Georgetown account.


How to choose your first rotation? This is the trickiest one since you have not arrived yet. Take advantage of the interview to probe faculty as to rotation projects and availability. The more you can learn at that time, the better. After you have decided on coming to Georgetown, use email to contact faculty and students who have rotated in the labs you are considering. Keep in touch with the IPN program director and the SAC director throughout this process.

During the summer, students will be doing their first rotation in a laboratory. By May, you should begin contacting laboratories that you are interested in working with. By the middle of June, you should have already chosen the lab you will work in. If you have any questions about rotations, feel free to contact the IPN director.

Things to consider when choosing a rotation

Once you have chosen a lab, you will need to do two things.

1) You need to fill out a pre-rotation form.
2) You must email the Program director and SAC director as well as the program administrator with your summer rotation information.

Summer Classes

In the first week of starting your first rotation, you will be required to take a diagnostic test. Following the test, there will be refresher summer courses to prepare you for areas where you were weak on the exam. More about the summer course.


In addition to the summer courses, you will also participate in Neurofest. This is a once a week symposium, where faculty present their research to the first year class. To see the schedule for Neurofest, please check the calendar.


You will register for classes near the end of August. See the IPN website for the courses you will take. All first year students take the same courses.

Yates Field House

The training grant pays for your membership to Georgetown's gym for five years. Membership begins once you recieve your GoCard.