Independent study & research internships

  • Students may participate in research prior to the Senior Project by taking advantage of the Independent Study or Research Internship options available in the neuroscience curriculum. Both options are credit-bearing courses that can be taken during any semester. Independent Study students explore research hypotheses of their own creation.
  • Research internships provide the opportunity for students to get involved as active participants on research projects defined by faculty supervisors. Students also can participate in summer research internships at Allegheny and at other off-campus research facilities.

Teaching Assistants

Students who demonstrate superior performance in certain lab courses may be invited to serve as teaching assistants. Duties may include actual instruction of students in neuroscience laboratory procedures and tutoring of students enrolled in neuroscience and related courses.


Students are encouraged to present their research findings at a variety of local and national conferences including the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Research Conference, Sigma Xi, the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting and others.

Graduate School

  • Approximately 70% of students majoring in neuroscience seek admission to graduate schools following graduation.
  • Approximately 90% of this group are admitted to programs of graduate study in the neurosciences.
  • Recent schools include:
    • Boston University
    • Dartmouth College
    • Emory University
    • Louisiana State University
    • State University of New York, Buffalo
    • University of Arizona, Tucson
    • University of California, Davis
    • University of California, San Diego
    • University of Colorado, Boulder
    • University of Connecticut
    • University of Pittsburgh
    • University of Rochester
    • University of Virginia
    • University of Washington
    • West Virginia University

Career Data

Approximately 95% of students who have earned graduate degrees in the neurosciences are employed in academic or industrial neuroscience positions.