Undergraduate Research

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, then 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. 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. Those interested in biomedical sciences are poised to benefit from the many offerings of the Department of Neurosciences, part of the CWRU School of Medicine, including 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.

These research opportunities are not only available to 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:

  1. Carefully read the course description for the research course you would like to take;
  2. Consult the list of SOM Undergraduate Research Faculty; 
  3. Read the research descriptions of the faculty; 
  4. Arrange to meet with the faculty members whose labs you are considering; 
  5. Discuss potential projects with the faculty member;
  6. If a project is identified that is of mutual interest, work out a plan for the project, as described in the course description;
  7. Fill out the appropriate forms and submit to Ashley Nemes or David Friel.

Positions are limited and competitive so please describe your research interests and goals fully.

With the creation of the Neurosciences undergraduate major, there are new course offerings as well. Make sure to browse available courses offered by primary Neurosciences faculty.