Opportunities for undergraduates to participate in research are available in several departments on campus. In addition to a research-intensive, lab-based curriculum, students have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on research projects. We highly encourage students to conduct laboratory research while at St. Thomas. If you’re interested in graduate school, research experience is often a requirement for admission.
You can apply for one of several research grants at St. Thomas. The Young Scholars program funds student research with a St. Thomas professor during the summer, and the Collaborative Inquiry Grant funds student research during the spring semester. If you are a first generation college student, or an under-represented minority, also consider applying for the McNair Scholars Program. You can also conduct independent research as a biology or psychology elective, or volunteer in a professor's laboratory.
There are many funded summer research programs in neuroscience and neuroscience-related fields for undergraduates. These competitive Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs are funded through the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and through private corporations, and provide excellent opportunities to explore research as a career and work full-time in a professional environment. Applications are usually due in winter or early spring for summer programs.
Students in the Neuroscience Program have presented their research at regional meetings such as MidBrains and the Minnesota Academy of Science, and at international conferences including the Society for Neuroscience, Experimental Biology and the American Psychological Association annual meetings.