The Mind and Brain Society

The Boston University Mind and Brain Society (MBS) was founded in the fall of 2008 in concert with the Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience. The group aims to foster a community in which undergraduates interested in neuroscience-related fields can take an active role in current issues and explore their interests outside of the classroom. MBS welcomes students from all colleges and majors and serves as a hub for 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. In the fall, we host an annual Miracle Berry “Tastravaganza” where guests try miracle berries and experience the wonders of their brain firsthand. Throughout the year, MBS members lead discussions on various topics with a neuroscience perspective; previous topics include 3D-printing guns, video games, and alternative medicine & nutrition. In the spring, MBS hosts B.R.A.I.N. Day, an outreach event that celebrates Brain Awareness Week and features fun, interactive demonstrations of neuroscience. Like us on Facebook, join our mailing list, and check out our website for more information!

The Nerve

The Mind and Brain Society publishes The Nerve, a journal written and edited by BU undergraduates interested in Neuroscience. The Nerve features 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! View past The Nerve issues here.

UG 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 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

Piece of Mind

Piece of Mind strives to address a gap in neuroscience knowledge in the general population. We are excited to share what we have learned in the classroom with our own community. Each Fall, we teach an interactive station based lesson in a local high schools. All you need is passion, time to volunteer, and the lessons and supplies will be supplied. This fall, we taught at Boston Green Academy Oct, 2020. If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please contact us at

Synaptic Connection

Synaptic Connection is a student-led, peer mentorship program for neuroscience and neurobiology students. Our organization aims bridge the gap between the Undergraduate Neuroscience and Neurobiology Student cohorts and ignite an action potential. We pair juniors/seniors with freshman/sophomore mentees and partner with the Graduate Program in Neuroscience to connect graduate student mentors with all students. See our Facebook Page here., and email us at