Undergraduate Major in Neuroscience

At the University of Chicago, there are several ways undergraduate students can incorporate coursework which spans the breadth of neuroscience, reflecting the interests of a large and diverse faculty in such research areas as neurodevelopment, synaptic physiology, cortical circuits, sensation, perception, motor function, reward and addiction, cognitive neuroscience, computational neuroscience, neural networks, machine learning, and the neurobiology of disease neuroscience into their academic experiences and careers. The new undergraduate neuroscience major offers a BA or BS in Neuroscience. Students may choose electives for breadth or focus on areas such as molecular or computational neuroscience. The Honors program involves a thesis based on significant experimental research.

Students are required to discuss curriculum goals and obtain approval for Neuroscience electives with the Neuroscience Major Director.  Students should fill out an approval form to be signed by the director before registration. For more information visit the College Course Catalog.

Neuroscience Lunches and Teas

Come learn about exciting research on campus. Faculty members with diverse interests will talk informally about their work. This will not be a lecture with slides. Instead, this is an opportunity to have a conversation about the big questions that keep these scientists up at night, their thoughts about science, and a life informed by science. If you are interested in getting into research, this is an excellent way to narrow down the type of approaches and topics that are particularly appealing. Space is limited. So sign up now.

Registration ends at 4 pm on the day before the lunch but space is limited. So sign up now by clicking on the lunch or lunches that you are interested in and filling out the corresponding form to choose your lunch. Note that no-shows will not be able to attend future lunches. Please email Neuromajor@uchicago.edu if you will not be able to attend.

Au Bon Pain Menu

 

May 29th Lunch with Ruth Anne Eatock PhD (Sensory Neurobiology)

This lunch will take place on May 29th at 11:30am. The lunch will be held in the Grossman Institute (5812 S. Ellis), P-403 5812 S. Ellis Ave, Surgery Brain Research Pavilion, is the building just south of the bookstore on Ellis. As this is an entrance to hospital, you will be asked to present your ID at the security desk. Go to the left and then up to the 4th floor. Weave around to the left to reach P-403 Additional information and directions will be sent in your confirmation email. For further questions, please email info@grossmaninstitute.org.

Lunch with Ruth Anne Eatock PhD
Ruth Anne trained in sensory neurobiology at McGill (M.Sc.), Caltech (Ph.D.) and MIT (postdoctoral fellowship), and held faculty positions at the University of Rochester, Baylor College of Medicine, and Harvard Medical School / Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, before moving to Chicago in January 2014.  She has studied biophysical mechanisms underlying sensory analysis in several model inner ear organs, with a focus now on utricles and saccules of rodents, which detect linear head motions.  They provide an accessible and relatively simple model for a number of key areas in neuroscience: sensory transduction, the shaping of signals by properties of ion channels, synaptic transmission, spike timing, and encoding.  The sensory map is simple: two zones in the sensory epithelium with strikingly different morphology, molecular composition and physiology.  A particularly fascinating feature that differs between the zones is a unique calyceal synapse from hair cell to afferent neuron that combines vesicular (quantal) and non-vesicular (non-quantal) transmission.  Recording electrical signals from hair cells, synapses and afferent neurons reveals how transducer adaptation, synaptic mechanisms and ion channel expression shape the sensory signals from each zone to the brain, where they drive our sense of orientation and balance and, perhaps most importantly, reflexes that allow us to compensate for head motions.  

May 29th Lunch

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Questions about classes? Summer internships?
Meet with the NSCI Major director to discuss opportunities available within the major. Sign up and come with all your questions.

May 17th Tea with Peggy Mason PhD (Undergraduate Major Director)

This tea will take place on May 17th at 3:30pm. The tea will be held in the Grossman Institute (5812 S. Ellis), P-403. 5812 S. Ellis Ave, Surgery Brain Research Pavilion, is the building just south of the bookstore on Ellis. As this is an entrance to hospital, you will be asked to present your ID at the security desk. Go to the left and then up to the 4th floor. Weave around to the left to reach P-403 Additional information and directions will be sent in your confirmation email. For further questions, please email info@grossmaninstitute.org.

May 17th Tea

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May 23rd Tea with Peggy Mason PhD (Undergraduate Major Director)

This tea will take place on May 23rd at 4:00pm. The tea will be held in the Grossman Institute (5812 S. Ellis), P-403. 5812 S. Ellis Ave, Surgery Brain Research Pavilion, is the building just south of the bookstore on Ellis. As this is an entrance to hospital, you will be asked to present your ID at the security desk. Go to the left and then up to the 4th floor. Weave around to the left to reach P-403 Additional information and directions will be sent in your confirmation email. For further questions, please email info@grossmaninstitute.org.

May 23rd Tea

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Study Abroad in Paris

Study neuroscience at University of Chicago’s Center in Paris during the fall quarter. Neuroscience majors are encouraged to apply, read more

Journal clubs

For those of you who just can’t get enough neuroscience, consider joining a journal club. Two new journal clubs oriented specifically for undergraduate Neuroscience majors are starting up and two established journal clubs are open to more undergraduate members. Below is the information. Please email the contacts directly if you want to join.

Neurophilosophy, Friday 2-3pm (Green 117)
Contact: Clifford Workman (cliffworkman@uchicago.edu)

Neuroimmunology, Friday 12-1 (KCBD 9260)
Contact: Kishan Sangani (ksangani@uchicago.edu); Elaine Kouame (ekouame@uchicago.edu)

Computational approaches to cognitive neuroscience, Thursday 5-6 (SBRI J-400C/ Green room)
Contact: Barbara Peysakhovich (bpeysakhovich@uchicago.edu); Krithika Mohan (krmohan@uchicago.edu)

Biopsychology (centered in Kay, London, Prendergast laboratories), M 4-5 (BPSB#123)
Contact: Joe Gogola (gogola@uchicago.edu)

Neuroscience Research Metcalf Internship

Neuroscience Research Metcalf Internships provide opportunities for students to conduct independent research during the summer. Applications for the Neuroscience Research Internship are due April 4th click here to apply.

The Think Tank

TTT is a mobile neuroscience lab, powered by UChicago to accelerate diversity in STEM. Using a multifaceted strategy, TTT engages not only students but also their teachers and families to accomplish their mission of creating a scientific community that reflects the diversity found on our city’s streets.

To find out more about this program and how to get involved click here for more information.

The NEURO Club

The Neuroscience Education, Undergraduate Research & Outreach (NEURO) Club is a Registered Student Organization (RSO) at the University of Chicago centered around those interested in the field of Neuroscience and educating the on-campus and surrounding community about Neuroscience.

To find out more about this club and how to get involved click here for more information.