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UGNeuro Weekly Update

January 23, 2015

Hi All, Hope your first few days of classes have gone well!

Directed Study:

- please turn in ALL Directed Study applications to me by Thursday, January 23. NOTE: this is NOT the last day to add classes as in previous semesters. I need to have them before the last day so we have time to read them all and get you registered. If I am not in my office when you drop them off, please leave them in my mailbox in room 109. I will also accepted Directed Studies via e-mail if they are signed by your supervising faculty member.

Job Opportunities:

- graduating seniors, I have posted two new full-time research coordinator positions on our website here: http://www.bu.edu/neuro/undergraduate/jobs-and-internships/jobs-opportunities/

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Volunteer Opportunity:

Wizards is one of the academic year programs run through the Community Service Center. We visit local after school programs to bring hands on experiments and demos to our local students. Wizards strives to enhance STEM education and get students interested in Science! Wizards is currently seeking volunteers for the Spring 2015 semester. Wizards volunteer one afternoon a week for a 2-3 hour time commitment.

Applications can be found at our website www.bu.edu/csc/wizards and are being accepted on a rolling basis. We provide the supplies and lesson plans and you create the magic! Experiments have included making silly putty, oozing pumpkins, and making snow!

All questions should be directed to Aubrey Fiacco at wizards@bu.edu

 

NOTE: Dr. Pastorino’s class NE/BI 525 will meet in KCB 102 from now on for all sections.

Have a wonderful and safe weekend, and as always, please let me know if you have any questions. Ashley

UGNeuro Weekly Update

December 18, 2014

Hi All,

We have a few Directed Study opportunities available for students looking to start doing research in a lab next semester.

From Dr. Melissa M Kibbe:
I have a directed study opportunity that I thought might interest students in your area. I am a professor in Psychological and Brain Sciences, and I currently have a large-scale project looking at visual working memory for multiple moving objects.  I am interested in having a student with programming experience work on part of it.

e-mail: kibbe@bu.edu

From Dr. Swathi Kiran:
The primary goal of our research is to further our understanding of the effects of brain damage on communication. In particular, we are interested in language processing and language recovery mechanisms in normal individuals and patients with brain damage. We combine online reaction time experiments and offline paper/pencil tasks to investigate various aspects of lexical semantic processing (words and their meanings) in normal individuals and individuals with aphasia.

e-mail: kirans@bu.edu

As I stated last week, I will be updating our website with job and summer opportunities as they are sent to me.

Have a nice break! I will be back on campus beginning January 5th but will be available via e-mail throughout intersession if you need anything.

Best,
Ashley

UGNeuro Weekly Update

December 12, 2014

Hi All,

JOBS:
We’ve added a lot of new full-time jobs and summer research opportunities to our “Jobs and Opportunities” page.

Please take a look at what has become available for you in recent weeks here: http://www.bu.edu/neuro/undergraduate/jobs-and-internships/jobs-opportunities/

We will update this page as more opportunities become available.

DIRECTED STUDY:
Directed Study applications are not due until the first week of next semester. I will be on campus for most of winter intersession so feel free to drop them off at any time. If I’m not in my office, feel free to leave them in my mailbox and send an e-mail to check that I received it.

Good luck with finals in the coming week. Hope you all have a nice break!

Best,
Ashley

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UGNeuro Weekly Update

December 5, 2014

Hi All,

Interaxon:
Interaxon, a program where BU undergraduate neuroscience majors visit local high schools to teach students about neuroscience, will be holding informal office hours from 11AM – 2PM on Friday, December 12th. If you have any questions about volunteering or are interested in writing lesson plans. Please come stop by!

The volunteering form can be found here:

https://docs.google.com/a/bu.edu/forms/d/1Ql0sDwpuSxuea0gItvH6yjZ-I2V_nUPCscn4CSvamJI/viewform?usp=send_form

Directed Study:
I will be accepting Directed Study applications for next semester until the end of the first week of next semester. If you have already submitted an application, we will be reviewing them in the next few weeks and will be registered in the coming month.

Finals will be coming up soon enough. If you have any advising questions or concerns leading into the end of the semester, please let me know.

Best,
Ashley

 

UGNeuro Weekly Update

October 31, 2014

REGISTRATION:
- Seniors and Juniors register for Spring 2015 classes THIS SUNDAY. You will not be able to register if you have not met with your advisor to receive your advising code. Please e-mail me immediately if you still don’t have your code as I will have limited access to e-mail.
- For those of you planning on taking NE 102 next semester, please notice that we have combined the lab and discussion sections into one 4 hour lab. You will no longer be required to sign up for a discussion section.
- For those concerned over the lack of Group 1 electives offered next semester, please note the following courses will count as Group 1 electives: NE 322, NE545, NE 445, NE 535, BI 542, BI 599, PS 504.

NEUROSCIENCE EVENT:
Alpha Epsilon Delta, the pre-health honors society, will be hosting a neurology panel on Monday, November 10th from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in CAS 522. Dr. Matt Bianchi, MD/PhD of Massachusetts General Hospital and Dr. Sashank Prasad, MD of Brigham and Women’s Hospital are two highly respected, compassionate physicians at the top of their respective fields. Both will be presenting challenging clinical cases they have encountered with their patients, their research regarding sleep apnea, insomnia, and ophthalmic-disorders, as well as field questions!

We hope to see you there!

STUDY ABROAD:
- New study abroad opportunities are available in Budapest! See the Study Abroad office for more information.

BSCS-US announces a regular and a new study abroad program in Budapest for 2015.

1. Our regular program: BSCS – BUDAPEST SEMESTER IN COGNITIVE SCIENCE
PHILOSOPHY TO NEUROSCIENCE will be held in the Fall of 2015, see: http://www.bscs-us.org/

2. We open also a new program:   SYSTEMS  NEUROSCIENCE
a study abroad summer program in Budapest,Hungary

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Program start/end dates
June 8th- Aug 7th, 2015

FINALLY!
- Happy Halloween! For anyone who has read this far, you’re welcome to come grab some candy from 2 Cummington Mall, Room 109.

Have a great (and safe) weekend!
Ashley

 

October 17, 2014

Hi All,

There is a lot of information this week, so please pay attention.

Some free events for you to attend this month:

The Miracle Berries Tastravaganza is finally here!

Get your free ticket now!

Miracle Berries are tiny red berries that alter taste perception and make sour foods taste sweet. We provide free berries and tons of sour foods like lemons, vinegar, warheads, and sour cream. These may not sound like tasty snacks but with a miracle berry their sweetness will surprise you!

When: Tuesday, October 21, 7-9pm (tickets are for a 30 min time slot)
Where: GSU Back Court
Who: Any BU students/ faculty
Cost: FREE

 

The Alzheimer’s Association presents its annual premier research program, the 24th Annual Matthew & Marcia Simons Research Symposium on Alzheimer’s Disease
Wednesday, October 22, 6 PM at the Westin Waltham

What We Have Learned From Studying the Genetics of Alzheimer’s: Shifting the Paradigm to Prevention
Dr. John C. Morris (Washington University; Charles F. and Joanne Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center), a pioneer in Alzheimer’s disease prevention, will present on his four current NIA studies.The goal of this research is to identify Alzheimer’s disease in its earliest stages, prior to the onset of any symptoms, so that therapies can be initiated to prevent the occurrence of dementia. Joining Dr. Morris will be Harry Johns, President and CEO of the National Alzheimer’s Association,and Reisa Sperling, Director, Center for Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment; Co-Director, Neuroimaging Core, Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center & Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
This event is FREE and open to the public.
For more information and to RSVP, visit http://www.alzmass.org/simons/

 

JOB OPPORTUNITY:

My former lab, the Lab for Neurogenomics at the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center,  is looking to hire for a full-time research coordinator position.

 

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY:

Harvard Medical School has a new summer internship. More information can be found here:  http://www.scholars.hms.harvard.edu/

 

FINALLY, congratulations to all students who presented at the annual UROP Research Symposium today. Your hard work has not gone unnoticed.

 

Have a great weeekend!

Ashley

 

UGNeuro Weekly Update

October 3, 2014

Hi All,

I hope you are enjoying the wonderful fall weather we’ve had this week! Important neuroscience information is below.

- Advising: PLEASE sign up for an appointment with your advisor in AdvisorTrac (link: https://casadvtrac.bu.edu/tracweb40/default.html). Every advisor now has times available for you to sign up for an appointment. Do NOT wait until your advising date approaches as no new times will be added and there are only a select number of appointment days/times available.

- There will be a “Science Study Abroad” information session on Friday, October 24th from 12pm-1pm for those interested in this opportunity. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

- Seniors: An immediate opening is available for a Research Assistant to join the research group in Dr. Shantanu Jadhav’s laboratory in the Neuroscience Program and the Department of Psychology at Brandeis University. The lab investigates neural mechanisms understanding learning and memory-guided behavior in the mammalian brain. Experimental work focuses on rodent behavior, in vivo electrophysiology and optogenetics.

If interested in this opportunity, please contact Dr. Surohantanu at shantanu@brandeis.edu

Best,
Ashley

UGNeuro Weekly Update

September 12, 2014


Hi All!

Happy Friday! I hope your second week back went well and you are settling into
classes and campus life just fine.

- REMINDER: All Directed Study and Senior Thesis applications are due in my
office on Monday by 3pm. Any late applications cannot be guaranteed to get
registered on time.

- ADVISING: We are still working on updating the advisors on your StudentLink.
Here’s a reminder of what the advisor breakdown will be this year. I’ve included
the e-mails of each advisor in case you have questions before your StudentLink
is updated.

Freshmen: Dr. Paul Lipton (palipton@bu.edu)
Sophomores: Dr. Shoai Hattori (shattori@bu.edu)
Juniors: Dr. Lucia Pastorino (lpastori@bu.edu)
Seniors: Ashley Hoesing (ahoesing@bu.edu)

- REMINDER: All important forms can be found on our website
(www.bu.edu/neuro/undergraduate) or on the CAS Academic Advising website
(www.bu.edu/casadvising).

Have a great weekend and as always, please e-mail me with any questions.

Best,
Ashley

 

UGNeuro Weekly Update

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Happy Birthday to Dr. Paul Lipton!

If any students will be on campus this summer and would like a work study position in our office, we are going to be interviewing students in the next few weeks.

 

Seniors:

Please be on the lookout in the next few weeks for important graduation e-mails from myself. Your ceremony is at 9pm on Sunday, May 18th. I will ask that you all arrive no later than 8:20am. It is essential that we have enough time to check you in, line you up, and ensure that you have all necessary regalia. Your families may start coming to find seating at 8am that morning. If you have a large party >5, please have only immediate family sit on the main floor.  We’d like to be able to have everyone’s parents on the main floor. There is a lot of seating in the balcony area for the rest of your family. If you have submitted a disability form online, or have discussed needs with me directly, please feel free to have your family sit near the handicap reserved areas.

 

A part-time job is available at the Rhode Island hospital. Description below:

This 24 hr/wk position is a great stepping stone for any student hoping to attend graduate school in Neuropsychology/Clinical Psychology. It involves a combination of clinical work and research, as well as administrative responsibilities, such as ordering tests for assessments. Clinically, this position involves administering neuropsychological batteries to children (ages 3-18) with a variety of medical and psychiatric disorders. Research responsibilities involve IRB applications, data entry, recruitment, conducting informed consent, and scheduling.  There are current ongoing research projects related to family adjustment to neurocognitive effects from childhood cancer treatment, barriers for neurocognitive assessments for childhood cancer survivors, quality of life issues for children with cerebral palsy, and impact on executive functioning for childhood cancer survivors.  A bachelor’s degree is required.  Please contact Christine Trask, PhD, ABPP (ctrask@lifespan.org) at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, RI for further information.

 

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Ashley

 

 

UGNeuro Weekly Update

Friday, April 25, 2014

HI All,

Thank you to everyone who has helped out with the Open Houses this month!

No major announcements this week!

For Seniors:

-Dr. Jason Ritt is looking for a lab tech to start working this summer. If interested, please be in touch with him jritt@bu.edu. His lab info page is here. 

-any seniors completing a Senior Thesis can find the grading sheet here.

-a reminder to send a baby photo and a current photo of yourself to ugneuroseniors@gmail.com

-A research assistant position is available at Cornell University. You can find the job posting and more information here.

UGNeuro Weekly Update

HI All,

I hope you are all enjoying your last school day before a long holiday weekend!

For All:

  • For those interested in taking the MCAT, there is a free online question bank available here: http://www.kaptest.com/mcat/mcat-practice/free-mcat-qbank
  • A research assistant is needed immediately in the psychology department.

Prof Gabrielle Jones (of school of Ed) and Prof Caldwell-Harris are designing a study to measure how much phonological, morphological and semantic activation occurs when deaf children in China read Chinese script. Because Prof Jones plans to leave for China in mid-May, we need a pilot version of a study designed in early May. We thus seek a Chinese-speaking research assistant who is willing to help implement the study using the computerized experimental control system paradigm (see http://www.paradigmexperiments.com). The ideal team member has native reading/writing abilities in Mandarin. No programming experience necessary, but our team member needs to be able to rapidly learn the paradigm software environment). Time requirement is expected to be 10-15 hours in early May (I will get back to you with more precise dates of your project involvement). Send email enquiries with resume to Prof Caldwell-Harris, charris@bu.edu.  

  • Dr. Caldwell-Harris at BU is seeking the help of undergraduates this summer with help designing a psychology course. Her letter and more information can be found here:

Across the country there is huge interest in active leaning. As a professor who teaches a large psychology class, Developmental Psychology (PS 241), I’m interest in bringing these techniques into my class, and replacing 50-minute lectures with 5-10 minute mini-lectures. I seek two students who would like a summer internship (and/or a fall internship) to learn about developing the right blend of short lectures and fun activities, including the Pearson website mypsychlab.

The structure of the summer internship:
Meet once or twice a week for 1.5 hours to discuss and implement our strategy for course development. If you are an ideal match for this topic but can’t be on campus, we can consider google hang-out meetings. Work requires internet research, creating lesson plans and activities Commitment: 4-6 hours per week. Publication options: I am open to working with students towards submitting our plans to a teaching psychology journal Time frame is flexible, but I anticipate we will to meet for 6 to 8 weeks during the summer. When we will start meeting in May-Aug depends on the availability of the 2 students. Although the summer internship is volunteer, for summer interns who want to continue in fall, students can apply for salary/stipend form UROP or I can solicit funds from BU’s GUTS program Structure of the fall internship: Similar to above, except you will attend some or all classes during the week semester (class will be MWF 4-5). You will get to observe the result of our innovations in the classroom. There is the option of enrolling in the learning assistant program and receiving a stipend for your work during the fall semester (around $700). See: http://www.bu.edu/laprogram/about/
To apply:
Send me an email in the next couple of weeks, your resume, including psychology classes (Developmental Psychology is a requirement given that is the class we will be developing) Best time for the internship. (summer: what months and what day/time each week), what aspects of implementing active learning are most interesting for you (consult list below or provide your ideas — no right answer here –all ideas appreciated) Say whether you would like to continue in the fall.
For Seniors:

  • Please send your baby pictures and a current picture to ugneuroseniors@bu.edu
  • If anybody in your party will need special assistance at our ceremony, please go to www.bu.edu/commencement and fill out the handicap request form. This will automatically be sent to me and we will do our best to accommodate everyone.

 

 

UGNeuro Weekly Update

April 11, 2014

Academics

Freshmen: 

  • Registration for rising sophomores opens up on Sunday, April 13. You will not be able to sign up for classes unless you’ve met with an advisor and received your registration code. If you have not yet made an appointment with an advisor, you need to e-mail me immediately.

HHMI & Conte Summer students:

  • We will be setting up summer payments over the next month. In order to pay you over the summer, we need to have an I-9 form on hand. If you have already filled one out at BU (you are required to do so for work study jobs, etc) then we will likely not need another one. If you’ve never been paid by BU before, please fill out one here: https://www.formi9.com/formi9verify/Integration/BostonUniversity/BostonUniversitySectionOne.aspx

For Everyone:

  • There is a new Neuroscience – specific Senior Thesis application. If you’ve already filled one out for next year, you do not need to complete the new one. If you plan on applying for a Senior Thesis to begin in the fall and you have not yet begun your application, please use the new form found here: http://www.bu.edu/neuro/undergraduate/forms/
  • The Biomedical Science Career Program is a great resource to all students looking to pursue a career in the biomedical sciences. For more information on events and opportunities, visit their website: http://www.bscp.org/about.asp
  • A Women in Science and Engineering program at BU (WISE@Warren) is looking for rising female sophomores, juniors, and seniors to be Peer Leaders and Peer Mentors for the WISE@Warren program for the 2014-2015 academic year. The WISE@Warren program is a specialty community for female freshmen students interested in majoring in STEM fields who live together on floor 15A in Warren Towers. Peer Mentors (Sophomores) help students adjust to social and environmental aspects of BU, are assigned to a large corner double room on the floor, and are given $150 book credit each semester. Peer Leaders (Juniors- Seniors) hold 6 hours of STEM tutoring each week, and live in a single room on the floor for the price of a double ($2,780 value for the year!!). If you already have a room assignment and are selected for the position, housing will switch your room assignment. For more information, please visit their website at www.bu.edu/wise.

Seniors: 

  • A reminder to send your baby picture and a current picture of yourself to ugneuroseniors@gmail.com. Please do NOT respond to this e-mail with your pictures.
  • All graduation information can be found at www.bu.edu/commencement. Please pass the word along to your families that we will NOT be handing out tickets for the Neuroscience commencement ceremony.

 

UGNeuro Weekly Update

April 4, 2014

Life Sciences Career Panel:

The Career Services Center is hosting an Alumni Career Panel for the Life Sciences. Panelists include BU alums working in neuroscience research, as well as the biotech & pharmaceutical industry.  The event is Tuesday April 8 at 6:00pm at 100 Bay State Road, 6th floor.

Advising:

Seniors and Juniors register on Sunday, April 6th. Your time of registration should appear on your StudentLink. I will try to be available as much as possible this weekend but I will be out of town for a while and e-mail will be inaccessible. I will get back to everyone by Monday at the latest.

Sophomores register for classes on Sunday, April 13th. If you haven’t made an appointment with your advisor yet, please do so ASAP.

Open House:

Thank you to the students who helped out with Open House activities this week. If you are available any Friday afternoon in April and want to help, please let me know!

Have a great weekend!

Ashley

 

UGNeuro Weekly Update

March 21, 2014

Hi Students,

For All Students:

  • The Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience is partially sponsoring the Music and the Brain Symposium on Friday, March 28th. The event is free and will run all afternoon at 24 Cummington Mall Rm B01. There will be wonderful speakers, a free concert and snacks. To read more about it and register to attend, please check out their website. www.bumusicandbrain.org. Undergraduate Kameron Clayton has been instrumental in putting this together.
  • UGNeuro and MBS will be hosting the first ever B.R.A.I.N Day on Saturday, March 29th. If any former HHMI or Conte students would like to present their posters to parents and students from the Boston area at the event, please let me know. We’d love to show off the hard work of our students over the years.
  • The WISE@Warren program is a specialty community for female freshmen students interested in majoring in STEM fields who live together on floor 15A in Warren Towers. Peer Mentors (Sophomores) help students adjust to social and environmental aspects of BU, are assigned to a large corner double room on the floor, and are given $150 book credit each semester. Peer Leaders (Juniors- Seniors) hold 6 hours of STEM tutoring each week, and live in a single room on the floor for the price of a double ($2,780 value for the year!!). If you already have a room assignment and are selected for the position, housing will switch your room assignment. For more information, please contact them at buwise@bu.edu
  • Make sure you sign up for an advising time before your registration date. Many of you have yet to sign up for an appointment and remaining spots are filling fast. You will not be able to register for fall classes in April without your advising code. The AdvisorTrac link is here: https://casadvtrac.bu.edu/tracweb40/default.html

Pre-Med Students:

  • The Pre-Med office would like us to pass along the following information: CH273 is fine to serve as the biochemistry requirement for all pre-med students. You can ignore the line that says it is not recommended for those who have taken a year of general chemistry and a year of organic chemistry.

 

Seniors: 

  • Again, please send a picture of yourself as a child and now for our graduation ceremony to ugneuroseniors@gmail.com
  • There will be NO tickets issued for the Neuroscience commencement ceremony. If you have anyone with special handicap requirements, please let me know ASAP.

Have a great weekend!

 

UGNeuro Weekly Update

March 13, 2014

Hi All,

Many announcements and job opportunities this week!

For Everyone:

  • There is a great summer tutoring opportunity here on campus. There will be an information session on campus on March 17th, from 5-6pm. Please find more information here.
  • Elite Medical Scribes is looking to hire graduating students to work part-time with physicians to serve as medical scribes in MA. A job description can be found here.
  • Dr. Michael McDannald is setting up a behavioral neuroscience lab and is looking to hire to summer research technicians. His lab will focus mainly on single unit recording and optogenetics. If you are interested, please contact him at michael.mcdannald@bc.edu
  • Mark your calendars for our Music and the Brain Symposium here on campus. The event is Friday, March 28th from 1-5pm with a concert in the evening beginning at 7pm. The website for the event is www.bumusicandbrain.org. Undergraduate Kameron Clayton has been instrumental in setting this up and it is going to be a wonderful event.

 

For Graduating Seniors:

  • All important graduation information/deadlines can be found at BU’s Commencement website: www.bu.edu/commencement
  • A research lab at NYU School of Medicine is looking to hire a full-time research technician to begin this summer. The application is April 15, 2014. If you are interested, you can see the job posting here or at  http://longlab.med.nyu.edu/

 

UGNeuro Weekly Update

February 27, 2014

Hi All!

I will be away from my office next week, if you need anything, please e-mail me and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

FOR EVERYONE: 

Emory University is offering a wonderful course for those interested in medical school.

The MD Summer Experience. 

Much more than a shadowing program, MD-SEE offers genuine clinical experience, classroom guidance on presentations, and a vigorous look at current issues and practices in medicine. This course will cover variable topics of special interest in the field of Clinical Neurology.  Undergraduates will have an opportunity to correlate experience with actual patients with the science behind the diagnosis. During their time in the clinics, students will act as a “patient assistant,” helping patients who may have partial paralysis or loss of sensation. They will learn the basics of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and will record patients’ history and neurological findings while observing real-life patient examinations. Each student will be assigned a Clinical Neurology faculty mentor who will help develop the writing and poster projects. Publication of student work will be encouraged, co-authored by the faculty mentor.

 

This is a fantastic opportunity for students interested in medical school. I encourage each of you to please spread the word, post within your department, and steer qualified students toward this program. A PDF flyer is attached for posting.

 


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SENIORS: 

Please be sure to send a baby picture and a current picture of yourself to ugneuroseniors@gmail.com. We will be using them at graduation for a slideshow.

 

 

UGNeuro Weekly Update

February 21, 2014

braintrain

Hi All,

For Everyone: 

We are still looking for volunteers for the following events:

  • Brain Awareness Day on Saturday, March 29, 2014
  • CAS Open Houses – Friday afternoons in April from noon-2pm. Even if you can only help one day, I would greatly appreciate some assitance.

If you can help with either of these events, we would greatly appreciate it. Please contact Ashley for more information.

 

Advising: 

  • Sign up for your advising appointments with me in AdvisorTrac. 
  • If Dr. Pastorino is your advisor, please e-mail her at lpastori@bu.edu to make your appointment.
  • Dr. Muscedere and Dr. Lipton will have appointments available soon.
  • If you are studying abroad in the fall, you do not need to meet with a Neuro advisor to receive your registration code as you will sign up for classes at your designated university.

Study Abroad: 

  • BU Study Abroad is hosting another information session on Thursday, February 20th at 5pm in CAS B36. This is designed specifically for science majors and they will cover program-specific information on the Dresden, Grenoble, and Madrid study abroad opportunities.

Seniors: 

  • Please send a current and baby picture of yourself to ugneuroseniors@gmail.com to be used at the ceremony in May.
  • If you have significantly more than 5 family members coming to the neuroscience ceremony on the morning of May 18th, please let me know ASAP if you have not done so already. We will not be passing out tickets this year and want to make sure we can accommodate everyone.
  • All graduation information can be found on the commencement website here.

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

 

UGNeuro Weekly Update

February 14, 2014 

Hi All, heart-brain

A lot of important information this week so please read through this carefully.

ADVISING

  • Starting Monday, I will be hosting advising appointments for the fall. If I am your advisor, you should be able to sign up for an appointment with me in AdvisorTrac. Dr. Lipton, Dr. Pastorino, and Dr. Muscedere will have appointments listed soon. If you currently have Dr. Ken Adams listed as your advisor, we will be reassigning you to someone new by early next week.
  • If you are an underclassman and have me listed as your advisor, please sign up for an appointment after April 6th. Juniors have registration on April 6th and I will need to see as many of them as possible before then. Sophomores and Freshmen do not register until April 13th.
  • If you have already been given your advising code or plan on studying abroad in the fall, please do not sign up for an appointment but rather e-mail me with any questions you may have. We have limited time to meet with all students this semester so we need to keep as many appointments open as possible.
  • If you miss your advising appointment, please do not sign up for a new one in AdvisorTrac but rather e-mail me to reschedule. If you miss your appointment, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to meet with you before your registration but we can give you your advising code if we have okayed your planned schedule.

RESEARCH

  • The deadline for both HHMI and Conte is Tuesday, February 25th. We will NOT be accepting any late applications for any reason. Also note that we are not asking for letters of recommendation this year for either application.
  • For those hoping to apply for a summer research opportunity on campus, there is an opportunity to join a lab this summer on BU’s Medical Campus. Please see below.

“The Laboratory for Cardiovascular-Renal Research seeks an undergraduate Neuroscience major interested in gaining laboratory research experience during the 2014 summer. The ideal candidate will possess basic knowledge of the brain and an eager interest in preclinical pharmacology and neuroscience research.  The lab studies hypertension utilizing animal models (rats)– you will specifically be working with a PhD student interested in neural mechanisms/signaling pathways/regulatory proteins that are involved in the regulation of blood pressure. 35-40 hours a week is required (this can be flexible and we of course go on vacations as well) and funding can possibly be secured through UROP, the undergraduate Neuroscience Department, or the PI’s independent grant sources (help will definitely be provided for the above applications). The laboratory is located on the medical campus in the South End. Anyone interested should send their CV to cascar@bu.edu, including year of study they’re in, GPA, relevant coursework completed, and research experience if applicable. Eligible applicants will be contacted to set up an interview. Best way to get something on your CV, get paid, and possibly a letter of recommendation!”

SENIORS

  • You will be receiving a lot of information via e-mail about graduation in the coming months from many different organizations around campus. It is VERY important that you pay attention to these e-mails to avoid any conflicts come graduation week. Commencement is a very fun week but we are heavily reliant on our graduates in order to keep everything running smoothly. You will be thrown a lot of deadlines for various things and it is important you pay attention to these things if you want to receive your diploma at our ceremony. I will try to keep you as informed as possible without filling your inbox with a bunch of e-mails.
  • Speaking of graduation, we like to put together a slideshow of your lovely faces as you walk across our stage on graduation day. Please send a baby picture and a current picture of yourself to ugneuroseniors@gmail.com. PLEASE DO NOT SEND THEM TO ME.
  • There is a lab manager position available in a new neuroimaging lab at Stanford University. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Russ Poldrack at poldrack@utexas.edu.

UGNeuro Weekly Update

February 7, 2014

Hi All,

  • The Organization for Mind and Brain Sciences (MBS) is looking for volunteers B.R.A.I.N Day, a community outreach event where local students in grades 1-12 will visit BU to learn about Neuroscience through fun interactive activities. They need 2-3 undergraduates to run each activity in shifts form 9am-2pm on Saturday, March 29th. Activities include brain teasers, prism goggles, Lego brains, neuropsychology tests, and much more! For more information about the event, visit www.bu.edu/brainday. To learn more about the activities or to sign up as a volunteer, contact ombs@bu.edu.
  • The Timmy Global Health Organization is seeking students interested in Public Health to join their organization. If you are interested, visit their website www.timmyglobalhealth.org or contact aycheung@bu.edu to be added to their mailing list.
  • Harvard College is organizing the National Symposium for the Advancement of Women in STEM (NSWAS). The event is free to  attend and open to everyone. Visit their website nsawswishr.org for more information.
  • Another Study Abroad informational session is scheduled for Thursday, February 20th. Information can be found here. 

For Seniors:

  • NYU Medical Center is hiring college graduates for research technician positions as early as June 2014. For more information about the positions and how to apply, please click here.

UGNeuro Weekly Update

January 31, 2014cold_Thermometer

Hi All,

We are still looking for some student volunteers to help us out with our Open House dates (Friday afternoons in April). If you can work any or all of these days, we would love to have you. Please contact Ashley Hoesing (ahoesing@bu.edu) if you would like to help with this event.

  • Additional MCAT dates have been announced for the year 2014. More information can be found here: MCAT test dates_2014-15.
  • While both the HHMI and Conte Summer Research Applications ask you to electronically send them via e-mail, we will also accept hard copies. Please place them in Ashley Hoesing’s mailbox in 2 Cummington St. Room 109. Additionally, if you are going to submit the application electronically, PLEASE put the application type (HHMI or Conte) and your FULL NAME in the subject line of the e-mail.
  • The Conte Application does NOT require 2 letters of recommendation (as it did in previous years). Please be aware of this change when submitting applications.
  • Duke University is soliciting all Neuroscience students to contribute to their undergraduate publication magazine (similar to The Nerve). We encourage you to discuss any research work with your lab prior to submission. See more information below.

Neurogenesis, Duke University’s Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience,
is calling for submissions for their fifth edition. The journal features
papers, reviews, theses, and research articles from undergraduate
neuroscience majors across the nation and across the world. Many of our
best submissions come from students who were passionate about term
papers or conducted independent study work.

If you’re interested, please visit the Neurogenesis webpage
(http://neurogenesisjournal.com) for submission details.  If you have
any questions, please feel free to contact Neurogenesis’s Domestic
Managing Editor (Keshov Sharma: Keshov.Sharma@duke.edu). All manuscripts
submitted by Sunday, February 16th will be considered for our Spring
2014 issue. We work with our authors to refine papers after the
deadline, so don’t be shy to submit!

UGNeuro Weekly Update

January 24, 2013

Hi All,

** Correction to last week’s weekly update! The summer UROP applications will be
due March, 5th. I previously told you the deadline for the spring ’14 UROP
application. **

  •  If you are a Neuroscience and are not officially assigned to a Neuroscience advisor and would like to be, please let me know ASAP. We will be starting advising appointments in late February and would like everyone to have an official advisor by that time. Check you Student Link to see if you still need one.
  • -Please turn in your Directed Study applications as soon as possible. The hard deadline is still the last day to add classes, but the sooner we have them, the sooner we can get you registered. For those who have already turned them in, they should appear on your Student Link by early next week.

For Graduating Seniors

  • If anyone applying to medical schools this year would be willing to speak to some undergrads about the process, please let me know so I can put you in touch.
  • Two PhD positions in Germany are looking for qualified candidates. Please see attached posting for more information.
  • A research assistant position at Standford is now accepting applications. More information below:

Research Assistant Position
Stanford University invites applications for the post of a Cognitive
Neuroscience Research Assistant in the Cognitive & Systems Neuroscience Lab
(cosyne.stanford.edu). This is an exciting opportunity to work on brain imaging
studies of cognitive function and dysfunction, cognitive development and
learning disabilities. The successful candidate will participate in all aspects
of research in the lab, including: acquisition and analysis of functional and
structural brain imaging data, assembling and administering neuropsychological
assessments, screening and recruiting participants, obtaining informed consent,
scheduling participants for testing, tracking progress of the study and
behavioral data, verifying data and entering pertinent information into database
for statistical analysis, conducting statistical analyses, and assisting with
manuscript preparation. A minimum commitment of two years is required. This is a
full-time position with competitive benefits. There are 2 positions open with
start dates in Summer 2014. Please email a CV and statement of research
interests and career goals in PDF format titled LastName_CV.pdf and
LastName_StatementGoals.pdf to Emma Adair at hiring.stanford.cosyne@gmail.com.
Application deadline is March 15; competitive candidates will be contacted for
interviews starting mid-February.

Qualifications:
Requires a BS/BA degree in psychology, human biology, neuroscience, biomedical
engineering or related fields as well as one to two years of research
experience. A strong academic record is essential. Past research experience in
cognitive neuroscience is highly desirable. Experience with any of the following
would be an added advantage: brain imaging data acquisition, MRI data analysis,
neuropsychological assessments, computer programming, MATLAB, signal processing,
and statistical analysis. The candidate must have strong organizational and
interpersonal skills; the ability to work well with children; a willingness to
tackle complex tasks in an independent manner; and a strong work ethic.

Our website: cosyne.stanford.edu & braindevelopment.stanford.edu

UGNeuro Weekly Update

January 3, 2014

We hope you had a nice holiday!

  • All Directed Study applications are due to 2 Cummington St. by Wednesday, January 22.
  • Any students interested in serving on a panel for this semester’s Open House sessions here on campus, please let Ashley know as soon as possible. There will be 4 different Open House days in the month of April and they are looking for math & science students to answer questions for prospective students.
  • The Vanderbilt Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program in Neuroscience, sponsored by the Silvio O. Conte Center for Neuroscience Research, seeks talented undergraduates interested in careers in neuroscience and the applications of brain research to treating brain disorders. You can get more information on this at: www.vandyconte.org

To Graduating Seniors:

  • The Autism Program at Yale is now taking applications for their 2 year Fellowship in Developmental and Computational Social Neuroscience program. Information can be found here: http://childstudycenter.yale.edu/autism/fellowship/developmental-computational.aspx

UGNeuro Weekly Update

December 13, 2013

Announcements & Reminders:

  • The NIH Neurotrauma Summer Research Application is now available. Instructions are attached to this e-mail.
  • The CELEST summer program for undergraduates is now accepting applications. The summer program for undergraduate students involves research internships with CELEST faculty members who utilize experimental and/or computational approaches to the neuroscience of learning. Members of groups underrepresented in science are particularly encouraged to apply. The application can be found here: http://celest.bu.edu/events-and-programs/summer-program/about
  • Directed Study applications for next semester are due Wednesday, January 29th. Applications can be found at 2 Cummington Mall in room 109.

For Graduating Seniors:

  • The Psychiatry Neuroimaging Laboratory is looking to hire two qualified candidates for the position of Research Assistant.  The main mission of this laboratory is to understand brain abnormalities and their role in psychiatric disorders by using state-of-the-art neuroimaging techniques.  The PNL is a very large laboratory with over 12 Principle Investigators and many more Postdoc researchers, medical students and other collaborators. Research Assistants can be tasked with anything from carrying out MRI imaging on participants, running neuro-psychological batteries, and post-processing of imaging data (including white matter diffusion tractography, PET analysis and grey matter cortical volume analysis using Freesurfer).

They are looking to fill two positions. At least one of the successful applicants should have a background in computer science. Please see their website for more information on the lab:            pnl.bwh.harvard.edu

  • The 2014 May Commencement schedule has not yet been announced. Once we get a time and location for our ceremony, I will be sure to pass along the information for you to share with your families.

Open Office Hours for Week of 12/16/2013:

  • Ashley: MWF 1-3pm
  • Dr. Lipton: by appointment only

Contact Information:

www.bu.edu/neuro/undergraduate

Dr. Paul Lipton, Director [palipton@bu.edu]

Ashley Hoesing, Program Manager [ahoesing@bu.edu, (617) 358-3298]


UGNeuro Weekly Update
December 7, 2013  

Hi All,

We hope you had a great Thanksgiving break! To streamline communication and mitigate email fatigue, we are going to attempt to concentrate all pertinent UG Neuro program information into a single weekly email update, rather than individual emails throughout the week. Content will include job openings, volunteer and research opportunities, course and schedule updates, and reminders. We will post this information on our website each week
Announcements & Reminders:
  • At the start of the new semester, we will have new course worksheets available in the office and online. NOTE: none of your requirements are changing, these will simply include some new electives.
  • Many of you are still on a wait list for specific courses you were unable to register for. If you would like to be taken off the wait list, please let me know so we can have the most up-to-date version ready to go should any spots open up.
  • NASA and the National Science Foundation has asked us to pass along information about their paid summer research opportunities for our undergraduates. More information can be found here and here.
  • Directed Study applications for next semester are due Wednesday, January 29th. Applications can be found at 2 Cummington Mall in room 109.
  • All seniors completing a Senior Thesis have been registered for the second semester. Please check your Student Link and let me know if there are any issues.


For Graduating Seniors:
  • The National Science Foundation has funding opportunities for Neuroscience students interested in graduate school. More information can be found here.
  • The Section on Biopolar Spectrum Disorders (BSD) at the NIH is looking to hire research assistants. Please see the attachment included in this e-mail.


Contact Information:

Dr. Paul Lipton, Director

Ashley Hoesing, Program Manager
ahoesing@bu.edu, (617) 358-3298



 

UGNeuro Alumni Completes Live Online Interview About His Research

Poster: July 30, 2013

Congratulations, Steve Ramirez!

http://www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/1jd5ji/im_mit_neuroscientist_steve_ramirez_inceptor_of/

Graduation Information

Posted: May 10, 2013

The Neuroscience commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, May 18th at 4pm in the College of General Studies auditorium. We ask that all graduates arrive at least 4o minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. All family, friends, and guests are welcome although all seating is first come, first serve. There will be a reception following the conclusion of the event in the same building and all are welcome to join.

May 3rd Deadline Approaching: Neuroscience Scholars Program

Posted: April 26, 2013

 

The Society for Neuroscience is currently accepting applications for the 2013 Neuroscience Scholars Program (NSP) through Friday, May 3. NSP is a three-year fellowship that provides underrepresented and diverse undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows, including individuals with disabilities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds, with career development and professional networking opportunities. These opportunities include an annual stipend for enrichment activities, travel support to attend the SfN annual meeting, and mentoring and networking opportunities.

Help SfN spread the word about this exciting fellowship by posting the 2013 NSP flyer in your department and forwarding this information to your colleagues.

 

Find more information about NSP on SfN.org or email nsp@sfn.org.

Final MBS Meeting

Posted: April 26, 2013

Hi Neuro majors!

We at The Mind and Brain Society would like to invite you to our final event of the year: a combined student-led discussion and brain food tasting! Join us this Wednesday, May 1, at 7:30 pm in 2 Cummington, room 109.
A little about the event:
For the discussion side of things: we’ll be leading an interactive talk on the topic of the ethics surrounding 3D printing– how 3D printers can be both beneficial to society in a number of ways (including some awesome medical advances), but also pose ethical issues, namely related to gun control safety. To get a better idea of what kinds of problems we’ll be addressing, check out this great YouTube clip: Printing 3D Guns

We’re hoping to make this talk engaging and interesting, and most importantly, would love to hear what YOU think about the issues, so come prepared to discuss with us!
For the Brain Food part: There will be FREE brain food at this event! Let’s face it: by this time in the semester, we’ve probably all resorted to eating junk food, right? We’ll be providing an array of healthy and tasty things (like homemade guacamole and chocolate-covered strawberries!) to fuel your brain in preparation for upcoming finals. Here’s a great list of the kinds of foods you can expect: Brain Food!

We hope you all can join us for what will definitely be a fun (and delicious!) end to the semester.
Thanks guys! See you next week!
-The MBS E-Board