Expand Your Education
There are ample opportunities to enhance your studies in neuroscience through independent research, off-campus study, and internships. In fact, all Knox students undertake an experiential learning project as part of their education. These programs are integral to a Knox education, teaching you how to apply your skills in real world situations.
Knox is a leader in promoting undergraduate research. In fact, more than 90% of all Knox students complete an independent research project by the time they graduate. Students often receive research grants to support these projects. In fact, last year, Knox provided more than $200,000 in research grants from the following sources: Richter Memorial Scholars Program, Ford Foundation Research Fellows Program, Ronald E. McNair Fellows Program, and departmentally-supported independent studies.
In addition, special fellowships awarded to Knox through national competitions and research grants, such as the $1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, make Knox a leader in promoting undergraduate research. Examples of some recent student research projects in neuroscience funded by research grants include: "The Ameliorating Effects of Saliva Lavandulaefolia on Morris Water Maze Performance in Mecamylamine-Treated Rats: Implications of Alternative Medicine in the Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease," Megan Bertholomey, '04 and "Coenzyme Q10 Affect on Parkinson's Disease,"Javed A. Malik, independent study/senior research project funded by Richter program,'05.
Outstanding students may elect to undertake College Honors in their senior year, carrying out an advanced research project presented and defended to a faculty committee that includes a distinguished outside examiner. Recent College Honors awarded in neuroscience include:
Knox offers you plenty of opportunities to begin exploring the world while still a student. Almost 50% of Knox students participate in study abroad and consider their studies abroad to be the highlight of their college experiences. Recent study abroad programs attended by neuroscience students include:
Internships and Off-Campus Research
As a student of neuroscience at Knox, you'll have the opportunity to expand your education through internships and off-campus research. These opportunities give you the chance to explore and test career options, to gain experiences and skills needed to succeed as a professional, to build a resume, to network and make critical connections, and to experience a work environment. More and more employers are looking for college graduates with career-related experience. Knox's Center for Career and Pre-Professional Development can help you find an internship or opportunity for research that best matches your goals and interests.
In past years, Knox neuroscience students have conducted off-campus research at the Burdenko Neurosurgery Institute, Russia; Lobatse Mental Health Hospital, Botswana; Northwestern University (Alzheimer's Research); and Medical University of North Carolina (Multiple Sclerosis research). Other recent internships and off-campus research include:
Knox College students in the Alternatives to Consumerism class traveled in groups for a community action project that involved giving away LED light bulbs in exchange for traditional, incandescent bulbs.
Knox's new Creating Opportunities and Access in Science and Technology (COAST) initiative will offer academic and financial support to students planning on careers in biology, chemistry, and biochemistry.
Capping off Earth Month, members of the Knox College and Galesburg community gather for a Day of Service and an Earth Day Festival featuring, music, art, and information focused on the environment.