Neuroscience students at Carthage have the opportunity to conduct significant research, both with faculty and independently.
In the Classroom
Neuroscience courses provide students with extensive research experience. In Neuroscience Research Methods and Statistical Analysis (NEU 2500), students gain experience in experimental design, data collection, statistical analysis and interpretation, and manuscript preparation, as well as research techniques including surgery, histology and pharmacological manipulations. In Neuroscience III: Development and Neuroanatomy (NEU 4100), students explore brain and spinal cord morphology through guided dissection exercises.
In the Neuroscience Laboratory
Carthage’s Neuroscience Laboratory, used by both neuroscience and psychology students, includes a rodent colony where students can conduct research guided by faculty and independent projects. Equipment includes a signaled bar press, water maze and 17-arm radial maze.
Students can also work in the laboratory for genetics and neurobiology with biology professors Patrick Pfaffle and Daniel Choffnes. Opportunities exist for research in electrophysiology with neuroscience professor Dan Miller.
Each neuroscience student is required to complete an independent research project under the supervision of one of the neuroscience faculty. These projects may lead to presentation opportunities. Neuroscience students have been very successful in presenting their findings at local, regional and national conferences, including the Pavlovian Conference and the Society for Neuroscience Conference. Past students have presented their research at the International Infant Society Conference and National Conference of Undergraduate Research.