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.
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. Carl McFarland, Co-Director and Professor, Department of Psychology, Social and Behavioral Sciences.