Enhance Your Education
Distinctive Programs in Neuroscience
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:
- "In vivo imaging of Xenopus laevis development using an ultra cmopact MRI," Kelli Huebner '13.
- "Techniques for Studying Introvert Regeneration in Themiste lageniformes (Phylum Sipuncula): A Fluorescent and Scanning Electron Microscopy Study," Hatim Mustafa Mustaly '13.
- "The Effects of Painful Stimuli on Genital and Subjective Sexual Arousal in Dyspareunic, Masochistic, and Typical Women," Victoria Agnieszka Klimaj '13.
- "Gd-DTPA Enhanced in vivo Imaging of Xenopus laevis Development Using an Ultra-Compact MRI," Kelli Rae Huebner '13.
- "An Investigation into the Role of Estrogen Receptors in the Modulation of Synaptic Transmission within the Nucleus Accumbens," Jacquelyn Mares '11.
- "An Examination of a Rat Model of Pediatric Depression and the Long-Term Effects of Administering Chronic Treatment of Paroxetine to Juvenile Rats," Kathryn Nellett '11.
- "The Effects of Oral Contraceptives on Olfactory Senstivity and Pheromonal Perception," Katy Renfro '11.
- "Emotional Response Coherence: The Role of Interoception in Subjective and Physiological Responses to Music," Nicole Henniger '10.
- "Effects of Temporary Inactivation of the Basolateral Amygdala During Extinction of Cocaine Conditioned Place Preference in Rats," Nicholas Fasolt '09.
- "The Effect of Stress on Spatial Memory Performance and Hipocampal Tissue in Rats," Lana Jean Fryer '05.
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:
- University of St. Andrews, Scotland
- University of Magdeburg, Germany
- University of Copenhagan, Denmark
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:
- Medical assistantship, University of Michigan, working on stem cell research -- axonal guidance during neural development. Andy Prendergast '07.
- HHMI medical assistantship (HHMA), University of Wisconsin, Madison, working on animal models of epilepsy. M. Leanne Lilly '06.
- Internship with Dr. Marc Katchen, Central Illinois Neurosciences, Galesburg, Illinois, working with deep brain stimulation as a mechanism for treating Parkinson's patients. Javid Malik '05 and Erin McCune '03.