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Neuroscience

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Undergraduate Research

Giving science students opportunities to do real research, guided by faculty, is a priority at Carthage. Carthage’s Neuroscience Program offers a variety of research opportunities, including opportunities for students to present their findings at local, regional and national conferences. Students can work with Professor Dan Miller in the rodent colony; or with biology professors Dan Choffnes and Patrick Pfaffle in genetics and neurobiology research.
Learn more about research in neuroscience
Learn more about undergraduate research at Carthage

Carthage neuroscience students conduct research on rats and do brain surgery on rats during a Research Methods class.Carthage neuroscience students conduct research on rats and do brain surgery on rats during a Research Methods class.

Pre-Health

Carthage offers many ways for students to prepare for medical school or graduate programs for the health professions. Carthage serves students who are interested in dentistry, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, veterinary, and public health. Pre-health students are assigned a faculty advisor who will assist them in determining which courses they should take and which career best suits their interests and ultimate goals. 
Learn more about pre-health at Carthage.

SURE: Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

SURE offers Carthage students the opportunity to work one-on-one with a professor during the summer doing real research work. Students receive a stipend, room and board on campus, and a small research budget. Through the SURE program, neuroscience students have studied:

  • Confocal microscopy and structural plasticity in the hippocampus and amygdala in a rat model for anxiety and stress disorder (2016)
  • Characterization of Chondroitin Sulfate Proteoglycan NG2 Knockout in axon growth permissive and inhibitory astrocyte cell lines (2016)
  • Characterization of a neuron-astrocyte cell line co-culture system for investigating neurite growth (2016)
  • Avoidance learning and retention in behaviorally inhibited rodent modules
  • The effects of acute stress on recognition memory for neutral and social information
  • The role of the cerebellum in the acquisition and retention of avoidance learning in anxiety vulnerable rats
  • Cloning and expression of cellulase in E. coli
  • Characterization of the bacterial Small RNA Goldilocks
  • Neuroanatomy and physiology in an anxiety vulnerable rat strain

Prof. Denise Cook-Snyder talks with Kelsey Nilles '17 about their SURE research project studying confocal microscopy and structural plasticity in the hippocampus and amygdala in rats.Prof. Denise Cook-Snyder talks with Kelsey Nilles '17 about their SURE research project studying confocal microscopy and structural plasticity in the hippocampus and amygdala in rats.

J-Term

January Term is a month-long period of study in January in which all academic departments at Carthage offer innovative courses on campus, as well as study tours around the world. The Neuroscience Program offers some of the College’s most popular J-Term study tours, including Biodiversity, Brains and Behavior in Honduras, in which students study the ecology of a Caribbean coral reef ecosystem while learning about the evolution of nervous systems and behavior.
Learn more about January Term at Carthage

Students scuba dive in Honduras as part of the neuroscience J-Term course Biodiversity, Brains and Behavior.Students scuba dive in Honduras as part of the neuroscience J-Term course Biodiversity, Brains and Behavior.

Double Major

The interdisciplinary nature of the neuroscience major allows students to double major or minor in other academic disciplines. In particular, a number or courses in the neuroscience major also satisfy requirements in the psychology, biology, and chemistry majors. For details, talk to the neuroscience faculty and see sample neuroscience schedules.

Student Fellows

Like many academic departments and programs at Carthage, the Neuroscience Program offers students the opportunity to work for the program in return for a scholarship. The department appoints one student fellow each year. The fellow receives a reduction in tuition, assists faculty, and offers other students free tutoring.

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