VR demonstration in Maddox lab

Biomedical engineering graduate student Tom Stoll, right, adjusts a virtual reality head-mounted display on assistant professor Ross Maddox. The array of speakers in Maddox's lab allows researchers to simulate realistic listening environments (J. Adam Fenster, University of Rochester)

University of Rochester campus

University of Rochester campus (J. Adam Fenster, University of Rochester)

Krystel Huxlin and Berkeley Fahrenthold

Krystel Huxlin (right) is pictured with post-doc Berkeley Fahrenthold with eye tracking equipment in their lab at Flaum Eye Institute (J. Adam Fenster, University of Rochester)

Brenna James VR experiment

UR basketball player Brenna James plays a virtual reality game in the lab of Duje Tadin in Meliora Hall (J. Adam Fenster, University of Rochester)

Manuel Ramirez Garcia and Jeff Buckley

Former BME student Manuel Ramirez Garcia, pictured with Mark Buckley (J. Adam Fenster, University of Rochester)

James Feeks

James Feeks, former PhD candidate, conducts fluorescence imaging of cell molecules in the lab of David Williams (J. Adam Fenster, University of Rochester)

Training in Visual Science

Our training covers a broad range of basic and clinical problems in vision. A number of participating programs place special emphasis on linking visual performance to underlying neural mechanisms, focusing on central visual processing and utilizing psychophysical, physiological, imaging and computational approaches. Another important training component involves the use of advanced optical techniques to study both basic questions about retinal processing and translational research on eye disease. Finally, there is emphasis on training in cell biology of the normal and diseased eye. The Center for Visual Science (CVS) provides stipends funded by the National Eye Institute for four graduate students and a postdoctoral fellow engaged in vision research.

Training in vision science is supervised by the CVS Training Grant Steering Committee, which draws from key CVS contributing departments. The committee consists of Program Director, Duje Tadin (Brain and cognitive science), Krystel Huxlin (The Flaum Eye Institute), David Williams (Institute of Optics, Director of CVS), and Debbie Shannon (the program administrator).


Postdoctoral Training

The emphasis of postdoctoral training is on research activities, often of collaborative nature. The fellows are also encouraged to give talks in the CVS research talk series, to lead discussion groups in lab meetings and journal clubs, as well as to present their work at national and international conferences. In addition, postdoctoral fellows are often invited to give guest lectures in graduate courses.

If you are interested in a postdoctoral fellowship in the Center for Visual Science, check out our available positions. You must contact the faculty member(s) you would like to work with directly.


Graduate Training

Students interested in vision science receive training while they are enrolled in a graduate program offered by one of the affiliated departments or programs, including the departments of Brain and cognitive science, biomedical engineering, neuroscience, the Institute of Optics, and the Neuroscience Graduate Program.

Students take courses in their home departments plus advanced seminars in visual science. Concurrently, students carry out research projects in a vision research lab of their choice. They attend the Boynton Colloquium series and participate in research meetings and journal clubs. They may also attend the biennial CVS Symposium and the OSA Fall Vision Meeting.

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Undergraduate Opportunities

CVS offers a number of opportunities for undergraduates to learn about and participate in vision research. We offer two minors in visual science, one requiring five courses and the other, a research minor, requiring two regular courses, a special independent study in contemporary vision science, and two semesters of research in a CVS faculty member's lab. Faculty in CVS teach a large number of courses in vision science and related areas, including courses in the neural foundations of vision, in perception and action, and in computer vision. Faculty welcome students into their labs to participate in research and often offer jobs as part or full-time research assistants.

For students outside the University of Rochester, CVS offers a summer-long Research Fellowship program. CVS provides travel expenses for non-local fellowship students. Summer fellows are given a stipend to support their living expenses in Rochester. The program places fellows in individual CVS members' labs in which they pursue a sponsored research project, and includes lectures, laboratory demos, and group activities.

If you are not eligible for our fellowship program, please contact the faculty member(s) you are interested in working with directly.

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