The mission of the program is to support education, research, and service in Behavioral Neuroscience (BNS) at Western Washington University (WWU). This endeavor began in 2005, with the initiation of an interdisciplinary undergraduate BNS major. Recognizing growing faculty, student, and public interest in this field, the Washington State Legislature provided ongoing support of the WWU BNS Program through the Biomedical Research Activities in Neuroscience (BRAIN) Initiative beginning in 2007.
BNS Speaker Series
On Tuesday, February 27th, the Behavioral Neuroscience Program will be hosting guest speaker Jan-Marino Ramirez. Dr. Ramirez will be giving a guest lecture on his research titled“The neural basis of rhythm generation in neocortex and brainstem microcircuits” from 12-1pm in AW 210. His talk will be followed by a student meet & greet in Academic Instruction psychology lounge (AI 433) where students can talk with Dr. Ramirez.
Dr. Ramirez is a Professor of Neurological Surgery and Director of the Center for Integrative Brain Research at Seattle Children’s Research Institute in Seattle. His work on the neural basis of rhythm generation covers topics ranging from epilepsy to breathing, wakefulness and sleep.
For more information, please click the link below.
Looking for a summer internship? The Vollum/Oregon Health & Science University Neuroscience graduate program offers summer undergraduate research internships with a stipend to cover housing and living expenses. To learn more about the program, please click the link below.
BNS in the News
BNS students traveled to Washington DC to present their own research at the annual Society for Neuroscience Conference this past November. Their trip was made possible through donations made to the BNS program last year during Give Day. Thank you to our students, alumni, and community members who made this possible for our students, we appreciate you! Click the link to learn more about the students and their experiences.
NOW HIRING: Tenure Track Position in Behavioral Neuroscience
The Psychology Department at Western Washington University invites applications for a tenure track, assistant professor position in Behavioral Neuroscience to begin September, 2018, contingent on funding. The candidate must have a PhD and postdoctoral experience in developmental behavioral neuroscience or a related discipline. The successful candidate is expected to teach lecture- and laboratory-based undergraduate courses in behavioral neuroscience and a research & methods course. A PhD, postdoctoral experience, evidence of an active and fundable developmental behavioral neuroscience research program, a demonstrated ability to involve students in research, potential for successful undergraduate teaching in behavioral neuroscience, and a publication record commensurate with experience are required qualifications. Salary is competitive and dependent upon qualification. To view the full position announcement, and to apply, please visit www.wwu.edu/jobs. Review of complete files will begin on November 15, 2017; position open until filled. For more information about Western Washington University, see the Psychology Department’s web page: https://chss.wwu.edu/psychology.
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Thinking about applying to graduate school? It’s never too early to start looking at various graduate programs! Check out these resources that will help you get started in researching neuroscience graduate programs.
The Seattle Institute for Biomedical and Clinical Research has a few research opportunities! Click the link below to browse their jobs openings.
Barbara Ellen Maguire Scholarship
Congratulations to Jose Carrillo for being awarded the Barbara Ellen Maguire Scholarship! The Veith family created this scholarship in honor of their wonderful mother, Barbara Ellen Veith (nee Maguire), to support students pursuing research, internships, or summer projects in the behavioral neurosciences and health sciences. The picture above was taken at a luncheon with recipient Jose Carrillo, Dr. Janet Finlay, and scholarship sponsors Dr. Richard Veith (son of Barbara Veith) and Mrs. Barbara Ellen Veith. Thank you to the Veith family from everyone in the Behavioral Neuroscience Program!
Viking Launch Neuroscience Seminar
If you are an incoming freshman, and are interested in BRAINS, WWU Viking Launch has the seminar for you! Incoming freshman are eligible to register for a 2 credit neuroscience seminar before school starts. This is a great head start for those who are interested in the Behavioral Neuroscience Program here at WWU. For additional information, click the link below.
BNS faculty Jeff Carroll featured in the Seattle Times
Dr. Carroll, a professor in the Behavioral Neuroscience Program, was recently featured in the Seattle Times about his research in Huntington’s Disease. Click the link below to read about his story.
Thank you to everyone who participated in supporting BNS during WWU Give Day! Whether it was through your donation, your time, or even just reading our facebook posts about student research, we appreciate your support! The BNS program wouldn’t be what it is today without the amazing donors, alumni, faculty, staff, and students that are part of the BNS family. Please check back soon to see how much the BNS program was able to raise for student research opportunities.
Recent Events in the Lives of BNS Alums
The Force is strong with this one!
Welcome the new addition to the BNS Family, Aiden! Aiden is BNS Alum Lucille Zhang’s 9 month baby boy, and what a cutie he is! Congratulations from everyone in BNS
Lucille Zhang graduated in 2013 with a B.A. in Behavioral Neuroscience and is currently a Supply Chain Manager at Microsoft.
Jeff Carroll publishes research with BNS students
Dr. Carroll’s lab published findings from two recent studies, the first study characterized a mouse model of Huntington’s disease, while the second was designed to test the effects of a potential Huntington’s disease therapeutic drug in this model. Several BNS students from Dr. Carroll’s lab provided valuable contributions to help complete these projects. Find out more about Dr. Carroll’s research on his lab website.
BNS in the news
One of our own faculty members, Jeff Carroll, is famous! Check out the link below to view a Kiro 7 TV interview featuring Jeff Carroll and his research lab.
Behavioral Neuroscience Scholarships
Congratulations to all of the Behavioral Neuroscience Students who were selected for a scholarship award this academic year! Information about scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year will be available in spring 2017. Scholarships are made possible through the support of donors from the community, alumni and the WWU Foundation. Thank you to everyone who made these scholarships possible.
Click the link below for more information about other WWU scholarships.
Can you spot the Behavioral Neuroscience graduates? Check out this neat video from the Paul Allen Institute about their recent work on visualizing and mapping the brain. BNS Graduates Twee Nguyen (2013) and Fiona Griffin (2014) make a cameo appearance in the video.
One of our own faculty members, Jeff Carroll, has recently been featured in Western Window, “The Magazine of Western Washington University,” in an article outlining his life and research. Read this fascinating story of personal development and dedication here.