2014 Outstanding Neuroscience Majors
"The focus of the neuroscientist's attention is a three-pound object made up of the same atoms that constitute the rest of the universe. However, this particular group of atoms, that is, the human brain, is capable of mastering language by age 3, flying to the moon and beyond, curing diseases, writing Hamlet, erecting skyscrapers, and even unlocking the great puzzle of itself. We are training students to understand this amazing organ including not only its triumphs, but also its failings as seen in neurological disease. Today's top students are unsurprisingly drawn into this important scientific drama!"--Dr. McFarland
Senior Neuroscience major Ameen Barghi is now a Rhodes Scholar, headed for Oxford University. Last year Ameen received the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, and this year, the highest possible honor for an undergraduate student. He is shown here with Drs. Carl McFarland, Michael Friedlander, and Anne Theibert.
Congratulations to the UAB Neuroscience students that were recognized at the 14th Annual University of Alabama System Honors Research Conference held at the University of Alabama. As has been the case in previous years, UAB's honors students were well represented at this prestigious honors conference, which brings together honors students from UA, UAH, and UAB for podium and poster presentations that are assessed by a panel of judges from the various campuses. Four of the eight categories were won by UAB students, and two of the four UAB winners were Neuroscience Majors.
Ali Massoud, "English Education in Egypt." University Honors Program [Mentor: Michelle Forman, Dept. of History]
Social and Behavioral Sciences [Poster]
Lindsey Yessick, " An examination of pain catastrophizing and experimental pain sensitivity in patients with chronic low back pain." Department of Psychology Honors Program [Mentor: Dr. Burel Goodin, Dept. of Psychology]
Natural Sciences and Mathematics [Poster]
Rhiana Simon, "Regulation of DNA methylation and gene expression by extra-coding RNAs." Honors College [Mentor: Dr. Jeremy Day, Dept. of Neurobiology]
Social and Behavioral Sciences [Podium]
Sarah Terry, "Effects of habitual caffeine consumption on pain sensitivity." Science and Technology Honors Program [Mentor: Dr. Burel Goodin, Dept. of Psychology]
The UNP would like to offer congratulations to all 19 UAB students who represented our university.
Pictured left to right: Dr. Shannon Blanton (Dean UAB Honors College), Rhiana Simon (Undergraduate Neuroscience Program), Dr. Charles Nash (Vice Chancellor University of Alabama System), Dr. Shane Sharpe (Dean UA Honors College).
Neuroscience Undergraduate ProgramWelcome to the UAB Undergraduate Neuroscience Program web site. This program provides a focus for undergraduate activity in the many facets of Neuroscience at UAB. Neuroscience seeks to understand how the nervous system functions, at levels ranging from molecules to genes to cells to brain systems serving cognitive functions and behavior. The field of Neuroscience is growing explosively with dramatic progress being made at all levels of analysis of nervous system function.
UAB has world-class Neuroscientists and their presence provides the platform for an innovative, interdisciplinary program that offers a broad perspective of the field of Neuroscience in coursework, as well as research, in cellular and molecular, systems, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience. Established in 2008 in response to the growing interest in Neuroscience among undergraduates and the consequent need to coordinate coursework and research opportunities, the UAB Undergraduate Neuroscience Program is an interdisciplinary program between the Neurobiology Department in the School of Medicine and the Psychology Department in the College of Arts and Sciences.
—Dr. Anne Theibert, Director and Associate Professor, Department of Neurobiology, School of Medicine, and Dr. Rajesh Kana, Co-Director and Associate Professor, Department of Psychology.