Neuroscience students in Lab

For Students New to Research

Am I eligible?

To be eligible to do neuroscience research, students must:

  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Have an agreement with a core or affiliate faculty member to do work in the lab
  • Have completed the Student Research Training Checklist by November 15 (for Spring semester research) and April 5 (for Fall semester research)
  • Have completed the Undergraduate Research Form (if you are interested in receiving credit) or the Volunteer Letter (if you are not receiving credit) and returned it to the Neuroscience Undergraduate Advising office by December 13th (for Spring semester research) and by May 3rd (for Fall semester research)

"Note that university guidelines for 4000 level undergraduate research or independent study require the student to give a presentation (talk or poster) to faculty and peers or write a paper on the work.  Only NEUR4994 research will count towards restricted elective credit."

Planning for research

Plan to look for research opportunities prior to registering for the following semester because 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.

Explore the Core and Affiliated Faculty areas of the website to learn about the research interests of our faculty.  Once you find a faculty member whose interest areas align with your own, you are ready to get started.  The steps below provide an outline for how to get involved:

1. Contact the faculty member whose research lab interests you.  We recommend requesting an in-person meeting along with the following items:

  • 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.

2. Complete the trainings within the Student Research Training Checklist. These safety training courses are required for most wet labs.  These courses take up to two weeks to complete, so planning ahead is key.  Note that some faculty may ask you to have these trainings completed before meeting with you in person.  Trainings must be completed four weeks prior to reading day:

  • For research in Fall 2018: April 5th
  • For research in Spring 2019: November 2018

3. Complete Undergraduate Research Form for credits or the Volunteer Letter if the research is to be completed for no credit.  Forms are due to the Neuroscience Undergraduate Advising Office on reading day:

  • For research in Fall 2018: May 3, 2018
  • For research in Spring 2019: December 2018

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. Send Student Research Trainings Checkist to Sarah Carl via email.

4. Complete Undergraduate Research form for credits

    Forms are due to the Neuroscience Undergraduate Advising Office on reading day:

  • For research in Fall 2018: May 3, 2018
  • For research in Spring 2019: December 2018