Students in the Wellesley Neuroscience program benefit from being able to participate in real projects using cutting-edge equipment, and working with our world-class faculty.
A select group of students also present each year at the Wellesley College Ruhlman Conference, where students present their work to an unusually wide audience. By providing an opportunity for public presentation of what is often a private, isolated activity, the Ruhlman Conference will demonstrate that research can be part of the ongoing conversation in a community of scholars.
How do circadian rhythms influence the birth of new neurons in lobsters (with Barb Beltz).
How do the ovarian hormones, estradiol and progesterone, act in the brain to regulate gene expression and behavio r (with Marc Tetel).
Color categories in macaque monkeys; functional significance of color-tuned neuronal activity for color-discrimination behavior in macaque monkeys; mechanisms of color tuning in posterior IT cortex of macaque monkey; object discrimination in squirrel, a rodent model of high-acuity vision; stereovision in artists and non-artists; does drawing affect shape constancy?; the impact of color memory on artistic representation (with Bevil Conway).
Sensory detection: what are the neural correlates of perceiving an auditory stimulus? (with Mike Wiest).
How are 3-D cues from image motion and stereo vision integrated by the human visual system (with Ellen Hildreth).
MRI imaging the development of vertebrate and invertebrate brains (with Nancy Kolodny).
What are the neural mechanisms of learning and memory of vocal communication signals in songbirds? (with Sharon Gobes).
"State of the Art" Equipment
At Wellesley College, we study the morphology, chemistry, and physiology of neurons. We have acquired all the necessary and modern tools to enable research and teaching in all of these areas of neuroscience. Our electrophysiology facilities are used to study electrical potentials in neurons using both intracellular and extracellular recording techniques. Faculty laboratories, as well as a teaching lab housing four electrophysiology set-ups, are used by undergraduates in course labs and for independent research projects.
In addition, Wellesley College was among the first colleges to acquire a confocal microscope, which uses lasers to optically section tissues for high-resolution fluorescence studies. This instrument also is devoted to course labs and student projects. Our most recent acquisitions are instruments for DNA sequencing and a 9.4T magnetic resonance imaging facility that is used to examine living organisms in longitudinal studies. Other large equipment items include two electron microscopes, an NMR, cryostat, HPLC and a water maze; every teaching lab is outfitted with the highest quality compound and stereo microscopes.
Internship and Research
A list of internship opportunities from Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
Research and Training Opportunities at the NIH
Career and education options from the National Institute of Health