Neuroscience Major Resources

Psychology and Neuroscience Undergraduate Advising

Advising website

Neuroscience Club

A student-run community organization pertaining to local neuroscience topics. To get involved, visit their website.

Undergraduate Research Day

The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience sponsors the annual Undergraduate Research Day, which is a creative forum for students involved in professional research.

Preparing for Graduate Work

If you wish to pursue graduate work, there are several important activities that you will need to begin as an undergraduate. Since you will need letters of recommendation from your professors, we suggest that you get to know them early. You can do this by attending public talks they may give, by working on projects they may sponsor, or simply by stopping by during office hours.

You should also acquire research experience. Volunteering in a lab is generally a good way to work directly with faculty and gain research experience. There are several research opportunity grants that may be able to fund your participation in a lab. After working in a research lab, you may wish to pursue an honors thesis (see Honors Program). If you are unable to get into a lab, you should consider another type of independent research in order to gain research experience. The advising office can provide information about conducting an independent study and advise you on how to pursue departmental honors in Neuroscience.

You are also encouraged to join and participate in various clubs that exist on campus such as the Neuroscience Club, Sigma Xi, American Medical Student Association or other scientific groups or honors societies in an effort to distinguish yourself from other graduate school applicants.

Research Opportunities

Many faculty members that contribute to the undergraduate Neuroscience track curriculum conduct basic and clinical research in their laboratories on campus. Thus, there are a variety of opportunities for undergraduate students to gain research experience. Please refer to the Center for Neuroscience website to identify laboratories that may be of interest to you. We also encourage all students to refer to the following programs that can support undergraduate research:

Biological Sciences Initiative

CU-Boulder's Bioloigical Sciences Initiative has several programs to encourage undergraduates to get hands-on experience working in a research lab. These programs include BURST (Biological Undergraduate Research Skills & Training), UROP-HHMI (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program – Howard Hughes Medical Institute), and CURE (Clinical Undergraduate Research Experience) . There are also funds available to allow students to travel to scientific conferences. Information about each of these programs can be found at the link above.

Summer Undergraduate Minority Mentoring in Translational Science (SUMMiT)

Summer research program for students traditionally underrepresented in the biological sciences interested in gaining experience in a clinical or translational research lab at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Center.
Independent Study
PSYC/NRSC Honors Program