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An Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Major/Minor in Neuroscience

A truly interdisciplinary environment for discovery and learning is essential for understanding the organization and function of nerve cells and nervous systems, as well as the organismal behaviors they produce, including human cognition. At Duke University, the experience in neuroscience for undergraduates is nurtured in just such a collaborative environment, where the perspectives of multiple disciplines are brought together to explore the brain sciences and their impact on real-world problems.

Explore our program and discover why the study of neuroscience at Duke University is one of the most exciting and satisfying adventures that an education in the liberal arts and sciences can offer!

To learn more and ask questions, contact the Office for Undergraduate Studies in Neuroscience,(919) 613-5025, LSRC B123.


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  • FLUNCH w/Dr. Brannon on April 18th at 12

    Participate in a FLUNCH with Dr. Brannon at the Divinity School Refectory! Dr. Brannon studies the development and evolution of quantitative cognition. She focuses on the behavioral and neural underpinnings of adult human mathematical cognition by examining the precursors of these abilities in human infants in the first year of life and their evolutionary bases in nonhuman primates. Her work encompasses a wide range of methods including behavioral assays, fMRI, ERPs, and single-unit recordings. To read more about her research, visit: To sign up for the FLUNCH, please complete this form (there will be 10 spots and a short wait list):

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  • Bagel Breakfast for Parkinson's Fundraiser--April 13th, 10AM-1PM

    Join us for a fundraiser for Parkinson's on April 13th from 10AM-1PM and enjoy some Bruegger's bagels, muffins, coffee, and tea! This event will help raise awareness for Parkinson's research and all proceeds will go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

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  • NMU Applications/Elections

    Elections are just around the corner for the 2014-2015 Neuroscience Majors' Union Executive Committee! Please take advantage of the opportunity to lead the undergraduate neuroscience community of Duke by applying to one or more position. We will be holding a General Body Meeting on Monday, April 7th at 6:30 PM (location TBA) for members to get the chance to know the candidates, which will be followed by the election itself. If elected, your term will begin immediately and continue through spring 2015. Please email your completed application and/or any questions to by 11:59 PM on Thursday, April 3rd.Keep in mind that your provided answers will be available to the NMU for voters to make an informed decision. Thank you! We look forward to receiving your applications!

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  • Undergraduate Neuroscience Poster Presentation & End-of-Year Social!

    Come mingle and celebrate with friends and professors at the end-of-year social! Come listen to our graduation with distinction students as they present their research projects. We will be handing out our new neuroscience T-shirts, too! Come early because they will go quickly! Sweet treats from Ben & Jerry's, Nosh, and Oscar Williams will be on site! Where: LSRC Atrium When: April 22nd, 2014. 4:30pm-6pm

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  • FEMMES Capstone Volunteer Opportunity

    Interested in sharing your passion for math, science, and/or engineering with elementary and middle school girls? On February 22 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. FEMMES (Females Excelling More in Mathematics, Engineering, and Science) will be holding our Capstone day! FEMMES Capstone is a one-day event, held at Duke University, for over 250 4th-6th grade girls to experience hands-on STEM activities. The program features both a keynote speaker and science, math, and engineering experiments led by female Duke faculty. Student volunteers serve as mentors for small groups and will get to know the girls in their group throughout the day. Volunteers also receive a free FEMMES t-shirt, breakfast, and lunch! Note: Capstone is on the same day as the Syracuse game (which starts at 7 p.m); however, if need be, you can leave Capstone at 4 p.m. We will also be having an orientation session on Sunday, February 16 at 4 p.m. in Bio Sci 111. If you're interested in signing up, please fill out the quick form: If you have any questions, please email

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Student Spotlight

Student Name

Ha Tran, Trinity '15, Neuroscience (Bachelor of Science)

Hometown: Pace, FL

Research: I'm working in the Caron laboratory with my postdoctoral mentor, Benjamin Sachs, to study the effects of postpartum stress on adult neurogenesis and serotonin levels in the hippocampus and hypothalamus in a mice model. Ultimately, this study will contribute to our understanding of the development of psychiatric disorders in humans.

Thoughts: As a neuroscience major and a global health minor, my Duke career has been a diverse collection of experiences. I have been given many opportunities to travel abroad with Duke, which have all taught me the complexity of a collegiate education. Science, humanities, research, civic engagement--these are all essential components contributing to our common goal of helping others. As my time at Duke continues, I have come to see that it's the interdisciplinary nature of education that develops the movers and shakers of the next generation.

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