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In today's world, college graduates with hands-on lab experience have a big advantage over students from other college or university programs that place less of an emphasis on research. A UVM neuroscience degree helps you be competitive for graduate school, medical school, or other post-graduation academic positions; or to be competitive for laboratory jobs or as clinical assistants.

With over 100 internationally-recognized neuroscience faculty at UVM, you can learn while doing meaningful cutting-edge research. Projects range from basic genetics and developmental neurobiology research to health oriented, clinical research, such as how drugs like nicotine affect the human nervous system. Our students often earn authorship on peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals and present their research at professional meetings and conferences.

Warrick Sahene '18: On the Fast Track

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Warrick Sahene is on the fast track: soon after graduation, he’ll work toward earning his accelerated master’s in pharmacology at UVM (he’s already started taking graduate-level courses), and eventually plans to apply to medical school. The neuroscience major did research with Professor Jom Hammack, examining how exercise and stress work in specific areas of the brain. “It’s helped me understand a problem-solving approach to clinical problems,” Sahene says. A New Jersey native, Sahene dove into student life, including as VP of the Boulder Society, a senior career peer mentor, and as president of the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students. Read more about the research of Sahene and fellow undergraduates.

Caleb Winn '18: Exploring when habit becomes behavior

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“I’m inspired by the healthcare system,” says Honors College student Caleb Winn '18. He quickly clarifies, “I’m inspired by the opportunities for change in the healthcare system.” Winn, a native of Natick, Mass., will stay in the area, working as an analyst for a private healthcare consulting firm, where he also completed an internship. “For an employer to get to know you, that’s the best resume you can have.” Eventually, the neuroscience major hopes to complete Fulbright research in Rwanda on improving patient compliance, or the degree to which patients follow medical advice. While at UVM, Winn founded “The Natural Philosopher,” a science news journal aimed at making research approachable for fellow undergrads. Listen to Caleb discuss his senior thesis on WBUR’s “On Point.”

Finding a Research Sponsor

The Office of Undergraduate Research can help you find a research laboratory. Dr. Ann Kroll Lerner, the director, can help you with the process (

Research Funding

Talk to your research supervisor about funding for research projects. If you have a research supervisor, you can apply for funding to support a research project in their laboratory. 

APLE (Academic Programs for Learning and Engagement) awards provide up to $500 in support of expenses involved in credit-bearing undergraduate research and creative activities. Each year, up to twenty-four awards will be available to support such activities as travel to research libraries or other sites to gather data. APLE (Academic Programs for Learning and Engagement) Fund awards application deadlines are October 31 (Fall semester); and February 15 (Spring semester).

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) offers an array of valuable resources for undergraduate students promoting mentored research, creative works, and scholarship. Read more about specific opportunities and funding sources.