Many Neuroscience students will pursue independent mentored research at some stage of their Virginia Tech education. Most students seek out opportunities in their sophomore year and spend 10 or more hours weekly in laboratories of VT faculty members. The goal is to educate students on the importance of trying to understand brain function and behavior in a mechanistic, hypothesis driven way.
Research can be conducted for credit at the 2000 and 4000 level, and students pursuing the experimental Neuroscience major are expected to use these opportunities to develop a capstone thesis project. All students have the opportunity to present their research in a number of forums, including departmental retreats, the Virginia tech research day, national and international meetings. In consultation with their research mentors, students are encouraged to submit their works to peer-reviewed publications.
Available research opportunities change constantly with additional hires into the School of Neuroscience. Please check the possible research mentors by name or research topic area.