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Frequently Asked Questions


How do I register for a research elective?  

If you are a BS student, you will need a minimum of 1 quarter (and a maximum of 3 quarters) of the NSCI 29100* series. 

For BA students, you will need 1 quarter of NSCI 29700.

To register:

  1. Obtain a "Reading & Research form" (R&R) from a student advisor and fill it out with thesis course 29100/29700.
  2. Include a description of the research you will be doing and have a faculty mentor (P.I.) sign off on the R&R Form.
  3. Submit the R&R Form to the Neuroscience Institute reception desk, and the NSCI administration will review and approve. If approved, you can pick up the Institute's completed form and submit it to the Registrar's Office.  

*NSCI 2910X must have a new form filled out and approved for each quarter of research in which a student enrolls. 

I am a BS student but want to take the NSCI 29700 research elective. Can I register? 

No. Only BA students can register for NSCI 29700. BS students must register for the NSCI 29100 series. 

What is the timeline for the thesis process?

Currently, research should be conducted in the Winter quarter. Your Spring quarter will be spent writing your thesis and putting your poster together. Students will present their posters at the end of Winter quarter.

Can I still complete an honors thesis without staying in Chicago over the Summer between my 3rd and 4th year?

The program requires that you complete your research over the Summer while enrolled in the required research course. We encourage students to weigh their options but the summer research experience is a valuable experience for those seeking additional research opportunities. 


How do I find a research lab?

You will need to figure out whose lab you are interested in before registering for any research electives or applying for internships and fellowships - check out this helpful guide for more details.

Can I get paid for tech work while in a lab when I am enrolled in a research elective? 

No. There is a strict rule that you can either receive credit for research or get paid for the research. If you are being paid for work in the same lab that you are doing thesis work, you must suspend the paid position while enrolled in Neuroscience Thesis Research.

Would there be any way for me to substitute Statistical Methods and Applications (STAT 22000) for other statistics classes that I have taken? 

You will have to petition for a substitution, which will include written justification and a copy of the petitioned course syllabus. Petitions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, so please speak with your advisor or email for situation-specific questions.

I am considering majoring in Neuroscience. I want to take a class to get a feel for the major. Which introduction course would be best? 

The best way for you to begin studying Neuroscience would be to take the Foundations of Neuroscience Course in the Spring quarter of 2022. This course will give you a good overview of the field, and should you choose to become a neuroscience major, will also become the first of your required courses.

I'm hoping to major in Biology and minor in Neuroscience. What are the restrictions on double-counting classes? 

Overall, no course in the NSCI minor can count toward the major(s) or other minors, nor can it count toward general education requirements.  

How do I get to the Neuroscience Institute?

We're located at 5812 South Ellis avenue. Just head up to the 4th floor, turn left out of the elevators, and look for Suite P-400. If you have any trouble, just give us a call @ 773.702.9802.