New Course Spotlight: Chem 5230 – Neurotransmitter Chemistry

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Joy and fear. Anxiety and euphoria. Depression and transcendence. Humans throughout history have sought to alter their own mood and perceptions using substances from outside of the body, and in the 21st century, these processes of neurotransmission have never been better understood. With this knowledge, treatments for debilitating mental illness have been born, yet in spite of this knowledge, many who suffer from addiction continue to die. At the center of this human drama are the chemical structures that modulate natural brain processes, and this course aims to tell their story.

After building a foundation of receptor biochemistry and pharmacological methods, students will explore the structure and chemistry of endogenous molecules, and the discovery and development of the natural and man-made ones that influence them. This course should be interesting to students of various majors, including chemistry, biochemistry, neuroscience, and pharmaceutical sciences.

When: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday  4:10-5:05 PM

Prerequisites: Organic Chemistry Lecture II (CHEM 2520/2620/2920H) & Organic Chemistry Lab I (CHEM 2540)

Schedule an appointment with your Chemistry or Biochemistry adviser to plan your Spring 2018 schedule today!

West Virginia University SURI Program

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Application Deadline:
February 13, 2017

The West Virginia University Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute continues to cultivate the next generation of neuroscientists with an opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in their 9-week Summer Undergraduate Research Internship (SURI) program. Accepted students will gain invaluable experience as they study and work in high-tech laboratories across almost 50 laboratories housed in modern research facilities.

Students accepted to the 2017 SURI program will receive a $4,000 salary, paid throughout the program, plus housing in a WVU dormitory, located near the Medical Center Campus.

More information about the 2017 SURI Program can be found at their website and on their program flyer.

Those looking to apply can fill out the online application form.

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Want to jump start your search for the right program? Check out this listing  of programs that have recently reached out to CBC students.

Vanderbilt Summer Research Experience

Application Due: February 15th

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Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering offers a summer research experience where students can explore interdisciplinary nanoscale research at the interface of biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. The program includes hands-on research in state of the art facilities located minutes from downtown Nashville, enrichment sessions to help students looking to pursue graduate level, fellowships, and entrepreneurship, and opportunities for travel awards to present summer work at a national conference.

Applicant eligibility includes:

  • Undergraduate students majoring in science or engineering
  • U.S. citizen or permanent residents
  • Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply

The award, funded by an NSF Grant, includes a $5,000 stipend, $500 travel allowance, and room and board.

Program dates for 2017: May 28, 2017 – August 4, 2017.

Visit their website for more information or to apply.

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Want to jump start your search for the right program? Check out this listing  of programs that have recently reached out to CBC students.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity

There is currently a research opportunity in the topics of psychiatry, neuroscience and microbiomes!

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Dr. Tamar Gur, of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, is looking for bright, dedicated undergraduates to assist 10 to 20 hours a week in the experiments (academic credit possible). The work is with a mouse model of prenatal stress, looking at the impact in female and male offspring through changes in microbiome and neurobiology. Techniques used in lab include q-PCR, microbiome work, animal behavior, and microscopy.

Students with previous lab experience (including pipetting, handling mice, q-PCR, and animal behavior), and who plan to go to medical or graduate school are preferred.

Qualified students should email Dr. Gur by Thursday, September 15th at tamar.gur@osumc.edu and include a resume.

Undergraduate Research: Neuroscience

Form undergraduate experiences through researching in neuroscience!

Do you have an interest in discovering new things and applying the skills you have learned in classes?  Developing your resume and experiences as an undergrad?

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Students will Learn basic molecular, animal behavior, and cellular biology techniques including PCR, molecular cloning, immunostaining, and microscopy with Dr. Jessica Lerch as you contibute to a laboratory research project on how stress hormones impact the development of nerve-injury induced pain.  You will be working 10 – 15 hours a week.

Applicants should be able to work independently and with others, to meet deadlines, and to uphold the highest standards of safety and scientific integrity.

For more information, the specific criteria that needs to be met, and to apply, see Undergraduate Research Opportunity

Please email Dr. Lerch at  lerch.27@osu.edu  with questions.

 

SURI: West Virginia University Centers for Neuroscience

West Virginia University will be offering upwards of 15 internships this coming summer. They will be research intensive training and eligible to undergraduates who have completed their second or third year.

The internships are nine weeks long, with training in one of the following areas:

  1. Sensory, cognitive, and behavioral neuroscience
  2. Neural injury, including stroke
  3. Neurodegeneration
  4. Neuropsychiatric diseases

Participants will receive $4,000 and on-campus housing. To be considered, applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or better, be enrolled in a U.S. college or university, have a background in biology, neuroscience, physics, chemistry, engineering, or psychology, and complete the online application, resume, two letters of recommendation, and send in their official transcript.

Deadline for application is February 5,2016 and can be found by clicking here.

Summer research is a great way to broaden your undergraduate experience. In addition to the opportunity highlighted above, summer research programs are available at institutions across the country and abroad.

Want to jump start your search for the right program? Check out this listing  of programs that have recently reached out to CBC students