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.
We are thrilled to be entering the second year of our Peer Coaching Program, launched by the NMU last year! This program is run under the guidance of Dr. Craig Roberts of the neuroscience education team. We’ve been evaluating feedback we received from last year’s participants to tailor the program to suit your needs! The newly-structured program will include large group meetings that bring all mentors and mentees together, as well as regular one-on-one meetings between advising pairs. Summer NPR Fellows and Wrenn Scholars who have invaluable insight into neuroscientific research have graciously committed their time to advising our mentees.Read More
Edna Andrews honored with Duke's 2013 University Scholar/Teacher Award.Read More
Recent advances in robotics have led to new forms of unstructured physical interactions between humans and robots in manufacturing and production facilities. These recent developments have focused primarily on hardware developments, with little understanding of how collaborative tasks could and should be designed to take advantage of respective human and robot strengths to improve safety and efficiency. This project will focus on modeling humans and robots in a representative manufacturing setting in order to design a collaborative human-robot system, which will ultimately be tested on an actual system.Read More
Monthly FLUNCH sessions NMU hosts monthly FLUNCH sessions with Neuroscience faculty that you're interested in! If you would like to request a faculty member, just fill out the form here:Read More
Watch our new video highlighting undergraduate neuroscience research experiences at Duke.Read More
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Current Neuroscience Students
- Major & Minor Requirements
- Worksheet (matric. <2013)
- Worksheet (matric. 2013+)
- Research Opportunities
- Current NEUROSCI courses
- Neuroscience Library Guide
- Neurogenesis (The Journal)
- Neuroscience Majors Union
Summer Research Opportunities in Neuroscience for Duke Students
Summer Research Opportunities in Neuroscience at Duke (for other students)
Tania Hassanzadeh, Trinity '14, Neuroscience (Bachelor of Science)
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Research: I have been working in the Bilbo Lab for over two years now, studying the effect of air pollution exposure during gestation on postnatal neuroinflammation and behavior, from the neonatal period through adulthood. To be more specific, I'm currently investigating the relationship between prenatal diesel exhaust exposure and abnormal neuroimmune cell development in brain regions related to long-term memory formation and storage.
Thoughts: As a neuroscience major and pre-medical student, I've always been interested in relating the nervous system to our other physiological systems, such as the endocrine and immune systems. I've learned that environmental factors like air pollution and an imbalanced diet disrupt neuroimmune function and lead to memory deficits and increased anxiety levels, showing the sensitivity of the connection between these systems. I hope that further research informs improved environmental practices and leads to treatments that address the negative mental health outcomes caused by neuroinflammatory dysfunction.