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The neuroscience program at Hope College is founded on one of Hope’s greatest strengths, its research program, and promotes the process of discovery and inquiry-based learning.  Students are engaged in research projects in their classes and in faculty research labs.

Research is an integral part of the neuroscience curriculum. In the introductory neuroscience lab, students complete a semester-long research project which examines the effect of hormones on behavior, learning, memory, neuronal excitability and brain structure in rats. In, their junior year, neuroscience students also learn how to critically evaluate the scientific literature in the journal club courses. Finally, in the research capstone course, students conduct group research projects.

Students are expected to develop their own research hypotheses, write a scientific research proposal, complete the experiments, and finally report their results both orally, and in writing.  Students present these research projects at the Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance at Hope College and at national scientific conferences, such as the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting.  Portions of these papers have been submitted for publication with students as coauthors. 

In addition to their course work, many students participate in neuroscience-related research projects in faculty labs. They work during the academic year and/or during the summer as a part of the summer research programs associated with individual departments. In the research lab, students work one on one with faculty members to complete research projects related to the individual professor's area of interest. If you are interested in getting involved in research, we encourage you to learn more about our research projects by examining faculty websites (links below) and coming to talk to us!!!

More Research Opportunities

Cognitive Neuroscience/Psychology

Dr. Charles Behensky
Dr. Lorna Jarvis
Dr. Patricia Roehling
Dr. John Shaughnessy
Dr. Sonja Trent Brown
Dr. Charloette vanOyen Witvliet

Organismal Neuroscience/Animal Behavior

Dr. Chris Barney
Dr. Greg Fraley
Dr. Kathy Winnett-Murray

Cellular/Molecular Neuroscience

Dr. Maria Burnatowska-Hledin
Dr. Leah Chase
Dr. Greg Fraley