To support safety and public health during the Covid-19 pandemic, all on-campus events are canceled until further notice.

When I was trying to decide which school I wanted to go to, my dad had the brilliant idea of checking to see if I could figure out what exactly the different curricula looked like at different schools. After a quick Google search, we pulled up the Hopkins course catalog, and I pored through the Neuroscience department’s classes before realizing almost immediately that this would be the school I would head off to in a few months. I realized I haven’t really spoken about the Neuroscience department here in a while, even though it’s been such a massive part of my experience here at Hopkins. While it’s one of the larger departments, with a few hundred students declared in the major, I can tell you that the faculty really go out of their way to make themselves as accessible and personally involved in your academic career as they possibly can. They become your good friends, and your confidantes, and your mentors beyond neuroscience. And they really invest in you as a person. From the advisory appointments to just stopping by offices to chat to hanging out in the little Dunning conference room on the 4th floor that is impressively stocked with snacks at all times, the department is one I’ve grown to love over the last two-and-a-half years here at Hopkins.

I also mention the course catalog I looked at because I realize that college decisions come down to the little things: poring through tiny details and nuances to try to get a sense of what life will be like as a student there. And so, to that end, I wanted to simply share a weekly digest and update email that every student in the department gets from the director of our department, Dr. Gorman, each week. Welcome to a peek into the life of a Neuro major here at Hopkins!

Hello Students –

Hopefully you had a chance to relax and catch up a bit during Fall break.  On Tuesday, Nu Rho Psi is once again hosting the Undergraduate Research Symposium.  32 Hopkins undergraduates from 11 departments and programs will be presenting their research followed by a Keynote Address by Dr. Moran Cerf, Professor of Neuroscience and Business at Northwestern University.  Dr. Cerf is a “hacker turned neuroscientist” and he is one of the “2016 Best 40 Under 40 Professors”.  See details below.

The rest of the semester is going to be flying by – so, be sure to stay on top of things.  On November 7th Registration begins and Career Services will be hosting Health Sciences Academy Week.  Start preparing for these events by setting up a meeting with your faculty advisor, registering for Handshake and contacting Career Services.

Fall is definitely here (finally!), so stay warm and have a great week!!!


Interested in pursuing an MD/PhD?  Join Dr. Terry Rogers, former Director of the Medical Science Training Program at University of Maryland SOM, to discuss your options.

Monday, October 24th in Garland 387

Freshman and Sophomores: 5:00-6:00
There is a limit of 15 freshmen and sophomores!   Register online

Juniors and Seniors: 6:30-7:30

There is a limit of 15 juniors and seniors!   Register online


Join us for the Annual Undergradaute Research Symposium

Tuesday, October 25th

Student Presentations: 4:45-7:45

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Moran Cerf

Talk Title: “What Did Neuroscientist’s learn in the last 15 years from looking directly inside the brains of humans.”

Location: Bloomberg 272

Time: 8:00pm-9:00pm

Brief reception to follow.

NRP Hours will be given for this event. Sign-in sheets will be available.


Image result for spring registrationAre you preparing your spring 2017 course schedule?

Registration is November 7th – November 11th


In your preparation:

1)      You will want to check-out the approved upper levels prior to registration.

2)      Meet with your academic faculty advisor.

3)      Attend the “Course and Cookies” event during the Nu Rho Psi General Body meeting on November 1st at 7pm in Shaffer 3 to talk with your fellow peers about what their experiences have been with past upper levels.

** Please note there has been some changes to the Practicums requirements for this Spring and going forward.


In an effort to stay connected with our alumni and have a forum for our current students and alumni to network, we have created a LinkedIn page. The link for this can now be found on the Neuroscience home page.

INTERNSHIPS & FIELD EXPERIENCES you done an internship or had an “in the field experience” that you would like to share with others? We would like to highlight you in our Weekly Email and add you to the list of great field experiences for our students!

Please email Hope Fisher if you have been involved in one or more of these experiences.




The Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology Conference Room will be open and stocked.

The availability of the Conference Room for the week can be found on the website. We will also be posting a sign on the door when the room is in use.  You can also review the Dunning Conference Room user’s policy on the website.

Note: Please be sure to leave the conference room in better shape then you found it.



Do you have any comments or suggestions that might make the program better? Would you like to see different snacks in the Conference Room?

Visit the comment box link and make your thoughts known anonymously.