Boston University Undergraduate Bulletin

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JigarPatelBrainThe Mind and Brain Society

The Boston University Mind and Brain Society (MBS) was founded in the fall of 2008 in concert with BU’s new undergraduate program in Neuroscience. The group aims to create a network for undergraduate students who wish to take an active role in current issues and research. MBS serves as a hub for not only Neuroscience majors, but all students interested in Psychology, Biology, Philosophy, Computer Science, etc. Our goal is to support an eager multidisciplinary undergraduate community with the conversations and resources fundamental to Neuroscience today.

Throughout the academic year, MBS hosts events spotlighting many different facets of Neuroscience. We hold “Brainstorm” sessions during which we informally discuss a topic of interest over coffee; previous topics include “The Neuroscience of Religion” and “NeuroEthics.” The group also hosts research presentations by BU professors and screenings of thought-provoking films containing neuroscience motifs. Become a fan on facebook!  Check out our website for more information about the organization, and frequently updated posts from our members!



The Nerve

MBS members edit and manage The Nerve, a student journal published by the undergraduate program in neuroscience. The Nerve features undergraduate essays on neuroscience and related fields and aims to spread awareness and ignite interest in the field while giving fellow students the opportunity to refine their writing skills and integrate what they learn in class. The first issue of The Nerve was released November 2009 with a Release Party hosted on the 26th floor of StuVi2! You can now read The Nerve online at


Undergraduate Neuroscience Shadowing Program

The Undergraduate Neuroscience Shadowing Program is dedicated to providing BU undergraduates with the chance to explore careers in neurology and neurosurgery. The organization seeks to match students with medical professionals for one-time shadowing opportunities at local hospitals. Currently, we work with Boston Medical Center, where students follow neurologists on clinical duties. Psychiatry and research shadowing will be available in the future.

Shadowing opportunities are open to students in any major and are given on a first come, first serve basis. Students on the mailing list will receive an email when there are available shadowing opportunities and are asked to fill out a pre-shadowing document. After filling out the document, students will be allowed to sign up for a specific date on an online sign-up in the order their document was received. Once assigned a slot, students are asked to attend one of our weekly meetings (Mondays at 6:30 P.M. in 2 Cummington St. Room 109) at least one week prior to your shadowing date to discuss the details of the shadowing opportunity.

UG Neuro Shadowing is student run as part of the Mind and Brain Society; students are involved in every step of the process to set up shadowing opportunities and to connect students with doctors.  If you are interested in or have any questions about shadowing or getting involved with the shadowing program email

inkbrain_croppedPeer Mentoring

Peer Mentoring through the Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience is designed for first year students to have a student mentor within the Neuroscience Concentration. Mentors are older students who have already completed the basic science requirements, and are either nearing completion of their major requirements, or have already done so. Peer Mentors have excellent academic records, and many serve in student leadership roles elsewhere on campus.

Your Peer Mentor will assist you in finding resources at BU to help you with both general/holistic issues of time management and study skills, as well as with issues particular to your shared area(s) of concentration and pre-professional track (if applicable). The Peer Mentor will also help you access the many resources and advising options on campus.

To participate in the Peer Mentoring program as a first year student, please complete the Interest Survey and return to Ashley Hoesing at 2 Cummington Street Room 109C.  If you would like to serve as a mentor as an upperclassman, please contact Ashley Hoesing.