Undergraduate training in Neurosciences
Are you interested in the brain and why we behave the way we do? Perhaps you are interested in pursuing a career for which having a firm background in the nervous system and how the nervous system develops, regenerates, and functions would be useful? Maybe you are interested in the technology scientists use to record and modulate the brain?
If you are an undergraduate student and you answered 'yes' to any of the above questions, than obtaining research experience in the lab of one of the Neurosciences Department Primary Faculty members is an excellent step forward in your career and training. In the Neurosciences labs you can receive hands-on training in core neuroscience concepts and methods which will prepare you for your next steps. Undergraduate students who have trained in the Department of Neurosciences have gone on to receive PhD's, M.D.'s, and other advanced professional degrees and have used that training to obtain careers in a variety of exciting fields. For those interested in biomedical sciences, you will benefit from the position of the Department of Neurosciences in the CWRU School of Medicine where you can attend any of the available seminar series and even the Neurosciences Departmental weekly journal club.
Recent undergraduate students who have worked in Neurosciences Department labs have published first-authored papers on their research in biomedical journals, won awards, been admitted to top-ranking medical and graduate schools (including CWRU), and most importantly, learned how the brain works.
Importantly, training opportunities are not only available for CWRU undergraduates. Neurosciences faculty train CWRU students as well as students from neighboring and even geographically-distant universities when the student can be present in the lab for a sufficient amount of time to gain experience.
If you are interested in working in the Neurosciences Department as an undergraduate student you should email Primary faculty members whose research interests matches your interests. Upon emailing, you should attach your current CV/resume, and describe your specific interests in that Faculty member's laboratory. Positions are limited and competitive so elaborating on specific details which draw you to that laboratory is an important factor.