Neuroscience students in Lab

For Students New to Research

1) Planning for research

You should plan to look for research opportunities prior to registering for the following semester. Plan early, it may take multiple attempts to find a lab. Most labs require a minimum of 10-12 hours per week, so plan your schedule accordingly.

Several safety training courses are required for most wet labs.  These courses take up to two weeks to complete, so planning a head is key.

 

2) What must I do in order to do research?

  • Must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • For research with the Core Faculty, complete the Student Research Training Checklist by November 15 (for Spring semester research) and April 10 (for Fall semester research)
  • Email us at sarahcarl@vt.edu to sign up for these trainings
  • Email the professors you want to work with after completing the trainings
  • Meet with the professors to discuss opportunities
  • Complete the Undergraduate Research form and return to the Neuroscience Undergraduate Advising office by the last day of classes for processing

 

3) Who should I work with?

Explore the Core and Affiliated Faculty websites.

 

4) What information should I include when I email the professors?

  • Your name
  • Your class year
  • Your overall GPA as well as your in-major GPA
  • A statement of interest

Statement of Interest: Read the description of the research on the faculty’s website. You may want to read a few papers that the lab published. This may be too technical for you to understand but you should try to get a basic understanding of what the lab does. The more you know about the research, the more the professor is likely to take you seriously. Your statement of interest should explain why the research interests you and why you want to join this particular lab.

 

5) Complete Undergraduate Research form for credits

Forms are due to the Neuroscience Undergraduate Advising Office on the last day of classes

  • For research in Fall 2017: May 3, 2017
  • For research in Spring 2018: December 13, 2017

Neuroscience Student in Lab

For Students Returning to Research

1) To return to the same lab for research, discuss with your professor around course request time to secure a position for the following semester.

2) To switch your research lab, email the professor you want to work with to discuss the opportunity. Be sure to do this early enough to complete training courses if you have not already done so.

3) Complete Undergraduate Research form for credits

    Forms are due to the Neuroscience Undergraduate Advising Office on the last day of classes

  • For research in Spring 2018: December 7, 2017
  • For research in Fall 2017: May 3, 2017