An important component of the Undergraduate Neuroscience Major is extensive research experience for each student within an active Neuroscience laboratory at UAB. UAB has world-class research laboratories committed to high quality research and sharing the excitement of scientific exploration with trainees. The research experience has strong benefits in complementing the intellectual content of neuroscience coursework. In addition, working closely with a research mentor in a laboratory and preparing a senior honors thesis have the additional benefits of acquiring knowledge and skills in experimental design, data analysis, scientific writing and oral presentation. Finally, the research experience will allow students to interact closely with graduate students, fellows and professors and enhance their preparation for graduate, medical or professional school.
Many Neuroscientists at UAB are eager to have, and currently do mentor, bright and highly motivated undergraduate students doing research in their laboratories. Neuroscience research is conducted by more than 75 faculty members across the UAB campus, including faculty in the Departments of Neurobiology, Psychology, Physiology and Biophysics, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Vision Sciences, Pathology, Neurology, and Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurobiology. The list of faculty who are interested in mentoring undergraduate students can be viewed by clicking on Faculty Mentors. You may click on each name to learn about the work of each scientist.
Formal independent laboratory research will be conducted no later than the junior and senior years and will be supervised by a Program faculty mentor. To find a research laboratory, students will meet with one of the Program Directors, and consult the list of Faculty Mentors who have agreed to participate as undergraduate mentors. Each faculty listing provides a description of the questions and interests of their laboratory research. Students will select a few potential research mentors and one-on-one meetings will be arranged to identify a mentor for each student. Students can also attend the Colloquium in Basic, Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience during the freshman and sophomore years. The Colloquium will feature participating Neuroscience Program Faculty and will expose students to potential mentors. For qualified students, a mentor can be selected and the research experience can begin as early as the second semester of the freshman year.
Summer research is also possible for students remaining on campus. It is anticipated that students will gain experience in more than one laboratory during the four undergraduate years.