Research Opportunities

So you want to do research?

The Boston University Neuroscience community is a hotbed of innovative, cutting-edge research, with opportunities for undergraduate participation in projects focused on addiction, aging, autism, learning and memory, neurodegenerative diseases, and neuroendocrinology, across multiple levels of analysis (in vitro slice physiology to neuropsychological assessment), techniques (single unit recording to behavioral studies), and experimental models (rodents to humans).

Students may receive credit, volunteer, or receive funding to work with faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences (Biology; Cognitive and Neural Systems; Mathematics and Statistics; Psychology), Engineering (Biomedical Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering), Sargent (Health Sciences; Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences), BU School of Medicine (Alzheimer’s Disease Center; Anatomy and Neurobiology; Biochemistry; Pharmacology; Neurology; Pathology; Physiology and Biophysics; Radiology), or the Department of Anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The options to receive credit include Directed Study or Senior Thesis; whereas funding opportunities include UROP,  faculty research grants, or Work Study.

Steps to participating in a research lab:

  • Identify the specific areas of neuroscience, levels of analysis, or techniques that are of greatest interest to you.
  • Access the Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience website and look for labs that conduct research in your area of interest.
  • Attend Mind and Brain Society meetings and talk to fellow students and presenters.
  • Talk with your instructors.
  • For additional information, check out advice on getting involved in research.
  • If interested in doing research for credit, sign up for a Directed Study. Determine how much time you have during the week to devote to lab work. This will determine the number of research credits you can register for (3 -4 hours per week per credit). Be sure to register for the proper section:  first semester Junior NE 391,  second semester Junior NE 392, first semester Senior NE 491, second semester Senior NE 492. Directed Studies must be supervised by a faculty researcher.