Graduate Training

A majority of Center for Visual Science (CVS) members belong to the Rochester Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN).

Vision Training Fellowships

The Center for Visual Science offers competitive graduate fellowships for graduate students working in the lab of a CVS faculty member. Applications are made by a student's advisor to the vision training committee in CVS. Fellows receive full stipend support as well as funds to cover one academic conference per year.


Vision-related Courses

CVS faculty have designed a series of courses to provide training in vision sciences.

Two foundations courses form the core of the curriculum. These courses provide students with a general background knowledge of sensory systems and high-level perceptual function. The foundations courses are team taught by CVS faculty and integrate all four principle research approaches used in modern vision science: computational, neuroscientific, psychophysical, and optical.

The foundations courses are supplemented by a series of seminars in advanced topics in vision or related fields. CVS works to insure that at least one advanced seminar is taught per year, either through the CVS special topics seminar or through a seminar offered in an affiliated department.

The foundations and seminar courses are supplemented by regular course offerings in their own or other departments. The director of vision training also teaches a bi-annual course in grant writing in which students develop NIH NRSA proposals for submission at the end of the spring term.

Check the course schedules/descriptions available via the Registrar's Office for the official schedules for the widest range of terms for which such information is available.

Foundation Courses

  • BCS/CVS 504: Sensory Systems
  • BCS/CVS 505: Perception and Motor Systems

Special Topics Seminars

  • BCS 513: Introduction to fMRI: Imaging, Computational Analysis and Neural Representations
  • BCS 521: Auditory Perception
  • OPT 448: Vision and the Eye
  • BCS 524: Multisensory Processing
  • BCS 528: Special Topics in Vision

Professional Development Courses

  • BCS 582: Grant Writing Workshop
  • IND 501: Ethics in Research

Other Regularly Offered Courses

  • CSC 446: Mathematical Foundations of AI
  • CSC 449/BCS 536: Machine Vision
  • BCS 512: Computational Methods in Cognitive Science
  • BCS 541: Integrative Neuroscience
  • BCS 547: Introduction to Computational Neuroscience
  • CSC 577: Seminar in AI
  • OPT 591: Adaptive Optics Reading Course
  • BCS 513: Introduction to fMRI: Imaging, Computational Analysis and Neural Representations