Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who will my Advisor be?

  2. How do I make an appointment with Dr. Lipton?

  3. How do I change my major to Neuroscience?

  4. I don’t think I’m getting communication from the program, what do I do?

  5. What is an Intent to Graduate Form, and what do I do with it?

  6. Can I get academic credit for a course taken outside of BU (transfer credit)?

  7. Is there any formal mentoring program that I can take advantage of as a first year student in the neuroscience program?

  8. I want to get involved in performing research, what are my options?

  9. How do I find a research opportunity to participate in?

Who will my Advisor be?

Dr. Paul Lipton, Dr. Lucia Pastorino, Mario Muscedere and Ashley Hoesing are the current advisors for the Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience.

Your assigned advisor should appear in your profile on Student Link.  Each semester, prior to registration, all current declared Neuroscience majors will receive an email with instructions to sign up for an advising appointment.  These advising meetings are mandatory for each student to receive their advising codes and students must plan on attending one session.

If you are a Premedical/Prehealth student, we also recommend you meet with a Premedical/Prehealth Advisor.

For further registration information, please refer to the Office of the University Registrar.

How do I make an appointment with Professor Lipton?

Dr. Lipton prefers to make students appointments via e-mail. He can be reached at palipton@bu.edu

How do I change my major to Neuroscience?

Changing your major is very easy in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Just follow this link: http://www.bu.edu/casadvising/forms/.

I don’t think I am getting communication from the program, what do I do?

Start by checking your Boston University issued account (BUID@bu.edu) as our email lists are derived from the university database.  If you prefer to use a personal account, be sure that your mail forwarding is set correctly.  If you still feel as though you are missing communications, contact Ashley Hoesing.

What is an Intent to Graduate Form and what do I do with it?

An Intent to Graduate Form should be completed the May of your junior year OR one year before you are planning to graduate. You may find the form at the following link: http://www.bu.edu/casadvising/forms/.

As Neuroscience majors, you will need to complete an additional check list which is located in Room 109, 2 Cummington Mall (on the wall with the other major related documents).  Either Dr. Lipton or Ashley may sign this for you.

Can I get academic credit for a course taken outside of BU (transfer credit)?

Yes, upon review and approval from the necessary departments.  Transfer credit forms are available at the following link: http://www.bu.edu/casadvising/forms/.

Bring this form along with a copy of the course syllabus to the department through which you want to receive credit.  Each department will provide more information regarding the specifics of allowing transfer credit.

Is there any formal mentoring program that I can take advantage of as a first year student in the neuroscience program?

Yes, there is a peer mentor program that pairs first year students with current juniors and seniors.  Interest Surveys to participate are accepted throughout the summer and reviewed at the beginning of the Fall semester.  Peer mentor matches are made and the upperclassman will contact the first year student within the first few weeks of classes.

I want to get involved in performing research, what are my options?

As an undergraduate student you have four options for participating in research.  You can choose from a directed study, senior work for distinction, volunteer or paid research.

To get involved in a directed study, you will need to contact the researcher in which you wish to work with and complete a Directed Study Application.

Volunteering in a research lab is arranged by contacting a lab manager and establishing the terms of your participation.  Similar to volunteering, some labs may have funds available to you for working in the lab.  This will be arranged through the lab manager.  Check out available research opportunities!

How do I find a research opportunity to participate in?

First identify the specific areas of neuroscience that are of greatest interest to you.  Next, read the research descriptions of the faculty labs you have identified as most interesting. Look over a few of the journal articles they have published, paying particular attention to the methods section. Are these the kinds of experiments you can imagine yourself doing?  Then contact the primary investigators and ask if there are openings in their labs. Explain specifically why you are interested in their research area.