Undergraduate Research

Students may receive independent study credit for working in a research laboratory. This counts towards the laboratory requirement of three laboratory courses. If the research is done in a neuroscience laboratory, then that independent study (or honor's thesis) research may count as the required neuroscience laboratory.

For a list of Tulane University Neuroscience Faculty who are interested in having undergraduates work in their laboratory, go to Research Faculty. Interested students should contact the faculty member to see if s/he has any openings in her/his laboratory. Students are advised to contact the faculty member early in the semester prior to the semester or summer when the research will be done, because laboratory positions fill up quickly.

Independent Study courses typically are used for students who are working in laboratories of Neuroscience faculty, although other activities could apply. The number of credits a student takes may vary, but typically it is 3 credits for 10-12 hours of laboratory work per week. Any written component of an Independent Study course is at the discretion of the supervising professor.

Students doing independent study should enroll in Independent Study in Neuroscience (NSCI 491 in the fall, NSCI 492 in the spring). To sign up for Neuroscience independent study, the student must fill out both the Tulane Independent Study form and the Neuroscience Independent Study form, create a title for the project, and obtain the supervising faculty member's signature on both forms. Students who are doing an Honor's Thesis will need to fill out the Tulane Honor's Thesis and Neuroscience Honor's Thesis forms. The completed forms should be turned in to Dr. Wee, 3029 Stern Hall, who will provide a section number and sign off on the form.

For additional information, the student should contact the supervising faculty member.

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