Previous trainee (now PhD Student) with an adult ferret brain.
The Smith lab welcomes undergraduate students' applications. Our lab provides a challenging intellectual environment committed to the formation of young motivated scientists.
What we expect?
Students are expected to do research work for a minimum block of five consecutive hours, once a week. We also have an hour-long lab meeting every other week, which all students must attend. If you are taking the lab research for credit, each credit should equate to 3 hours of lab work.
What to expect?
In general, during the first semester students become familiar with the in and outs of working in a research lab while providing support to one of the many ongoing projects in the lab. After this acquaintance period, students typically move onto an independent project and develop a thesis proposal as part of the Honors program.
How to apply?
If you are interested in our work and comfortable with the requirements, please send me an email with your CV and a half a page statement of goals describing why are you interested in doing research in my lab and how this research fits with your future career goals.
Note: Positions are limited and selective for those students in their early years (sophomore) and under special circumstances juniors. The successful completion of an undergraduate research project requires a time commitment of at least one year; therefore this position is not open to senior undergraduate students (unless you are seriously considering to pursue a PhD in neuroscience post graduation).
I'm eager to hear your ideas, goals, and how we can work together. Please email me at richard.smith at Northwestern dot edu to discuss.