David Hubel

Friend to Wellesley Neuroscience

Members of the Wellesley community are invited to the Hubel Memorial on Nov. 16 (2pm, Memorial Church, Harvard Square). To honor his memory, the family has established a fund to support student travel to the annual Society for Neurosciences meeting, which is currently ongoing in San Diego. This is a terrific cause, and 100% of donated funds will go directly towards supporting the award. To contribute, go to

David Hubel, John Enders University Professor of Neurobiology, Emeritus at Harvard University and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Wellesley College, died on Sunday, September 22. Many Wellesley students will remember David as their teacher and mentor during their time at Wellesley. We are grateful for all that he gave to the Neuroscience Program since its founding in 2007, and will miss his presence among us. However, his legacy at Wellesley will continue, as he established The David and Ruth Hubel Endowed Fund for Summer Internships in Neuroscience, which will provide support in perpetuity for our undergraduates engaged in summer research.

Additional information about Dr. Hubel's life are found online:


Neuroscience is the study of the structure and function of neurons and how they are assembled to produce behaviors.

Neuroscience was implemented as a new interdisciplinary major in 1999, replacing the Psychobiology Program and providing a strong foundation in neuroscience and related courses.

Our students benefit from small classes and investigative labs in their introductory and advanced courses.

Our majors graduate with a liberal arts background and a strong foundation in neuroscience which allows them to proceed to medical school or attend top-ranked graduate neuroscience, cognitive science, and psychology Ph.D. programs, including UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, Duke, and Northwestern.

The best proof of the success of the Neuroscience Program:

  • 60 percent of our graduates proceed to medical school;
  • 15 percent of our graduates continue on with graduate work in neuroscience, psychology, or neuropsychology;
  • 10 percent of our graduates pursue careers that intersect with neuroscience—for example, patent law or work in the biotech industry.


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Neuroscience Program
Science Center
Wellesley College

106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

Barbara Beltz
Program Director

For assistance, please contact:

Mary Helen McCollister
Administrative Assistant and Grant Coordinator
Tel: 781.283.3154

Karin Thomason
Administrative Assistant and Grant Coordinator
Tel: 781.283.3153


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