Research will be central to your studies, and as a neuroscience major, by senior year you will be ready to delve into an in-depth research project. You will find opportunity to excel outside the classroom, for instance getting a grant to conduct summer research with a professor or coauthoring a paper that is published in a scholarly journal.

Marina Palumbo '17 in the lab.

Science, summer research – and a penchant for poetry 

It took one neuroscience course for Marina Palumbo ’17 to know neuro would be her major: Introduction to Brain and Behavior with Douglas Weldon, the Stone Professor of Psychology, who is the neuroscience program director. Palumbo, who plans to go to med school, was keen to understand the physiological processes that control thoughts, feelings and actions. As a rising junior she spent a summer doing research with Weldon on long-term potentiation, which is related to learning and memory. “Summer research at Hamilton was an entirely new experience for me,” she says. “I was able to be involved in every aspect of the research process, from collecting data to organizing results in a way that could be presented to others.”

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Nathaly Francois ’04
Nathaly François '04

A graduate’s progress: a medical degree

Nathaly François ’04 knew since childhood that she wanted to be a physician. At Hamilton College she majored in neuroscience and planned to be a neurosurgeon, but in medical school she discovered her true passion – urology. She is a urology resident at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

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