Research

Groups of students participating in Neuroscience research labs

The Program in Neuroscience and Behavior has a rich source of research opportunities for students to engage in that span the discipline of neuroscience. Our faculty ensure students have the opportunity to develop their research skills through both coursework and lab-based experience.

Who can do research?

Everyone can apply to do research! Many courses at the 300-level are specifically designed to train you to conduct cutting-edge research.

If you are interested in learning more about research opportunities outside of the classroom, learn about the various research topics our faculty are studying.

Students across all classes get involved in research. Some faculty are looking to recruit first-year or sophomores while others request you wait until your junior year or take a specific course before engaging in research in their lab. Find out about specific opportunities and availability.

Do I have what it takes to do research?

It turns out you probably do - conducting research is a skill you learn and often relies heavily on qualities and characteristics similar to other jobs.

Faculty are looking for students who:

  • Ask questions and speak up when they are confused or don’t understand
  • Show up on time reliably and are dependable in meeting deadlines
  • Work well in a team
  • Are comfortable making mistakes, facing setbacks, and overcoming failure

Faculty in specific labs are also looking for other more specific skills depending on the research.  This may include a love of animals, strong interpersonal and communication skills, ability to follow a recipe, etc.

Can I do research in any of my courses?

Many courses in the major include research skills as part of student learning. These are great ways to explore the world of research. Be sure to include the skills and activities you learned from these research opportunities on your résumé and cover letter to show how our program has prepared you for research.

Example

Psych-350: Lab in Behavioral Neuroscience

    • Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis using SPSS
    • Rodent Behavioral Assessment - Elevated Plus Maze, Forced Swim Test, Social Approach
    • Enzyme-linked Immunsorbant Assays (ELIZA) and Bead-based Multiplex Assays
    • Pharmacokinetic and dose response assessments

Do I have to take specific courses first?

No, but every faculty member looks for different skills or requirements in a student researcher. Sign up to receive emails when faculty are next looking to hire research assistants and learn more about who they are looking for. Or, you can email a faculty member in the department directly and ask them what they look for in a research assistant.