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NEURON: Northwestern Education and Undergraduate Research on Neuroscience

NEURON is a research and professional skills development program for students with a strong commitment to research in Neuroscience.  The goals of NEURON are to increase opportunities for Northwestern undergraduate students to participate meaningfully in research, enhance their learning from research, promote interdisciplinary interactions, and integrate undergraduates more fully within the broader Neuroscience community at Northwestern.

Because a key component of NEURON is mentorship, the student and the member of the lab who will mentor the student (often a post-doctoral researcher or graduate student) apply as a pair. Student-mentor pairs should apply to NEURON only after at least one quarter of working together in the lab. In addition, students must have completed one year of study at Northwestern, hold sophomore, junior, or senior status, and have a minimum GPA of 3.3 both overall and in all science courses excluding 398/399. Last year’s deadline for applications was October 14, 2016.

NEURON provides: 

Students are encouraged to register for NEUROSCI 399-0 Independent Study. It is expected that most NEURON students will write a senior thesis based on their research, enrolling instead in NEUROSCI 398-0 Senior Thesis Seminar in the Winter quarter of their final year.  Activities in the program are aimed to help students compose a high quality thesis.

Once a member of NEURON, students must meet certain minimum requirements to remain in the program, but there is no time limit for how long a student may participate in NEURON.  

To learn more, contact the Neuroscience DUS Dr. Valerie Kilman at

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