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.
Support Undergraduate Research on June 1st
Calling all BNS Program Supporters!
The BNS Program needs your help to support undergraduate student research opportunities! On June 1st, a percentage of all donations made to the BNS Program will be matched as part of WWU “Give Day”. Alumni & current students have a special opportunity to leverage their support. Please read on for information about how to maximize your donation!
Are you a current WWU Student?
The first $5,000 in donations made by current WWU students will generate a 2:1 match! In other words, if a WWU student makes a $10 donation to BNS this can generate a total donation of $30- to support undergraduate BNS research. “Give Day” donations open at 12:01 am on June 1st. Donations made as soon as possible after the clock strikes midnight will have the highest probability of generating a match.
Are you a WWU Alum?
Alumni have a special opportunity to leverage their gifts to BNS in that the first $5000 in gifts made by Western alumni will generate a 100% match. “Give Day” donations open at 12:01 am on June 1st. Donations made as soon as possible after the clock strikes midnight will have the highest probability of generating a match.
Not a current WWU Student or Alum?
If you are not a WWU student or Alum there’s still an opportunity for you to leverage your support of undergraduate BNS research. Just make a donation on June 1st between 12:01 am – 11:59 pm to have a percentage of your donation matched! If you are planning to donate $1,000 or more, please email BNS@wwu.edu before June 1st for instructions on generating the highest possible match.
To make a donation
To make a donation on June 1st, please click the link
or enter this URL into your browser
To show support for our donors, BNS students, faculty, and staff will be “Staying Up for Student Research” in the Academic Instruction Skybridge from 9 pm on May 31st until 1 am on June 1st.
Pacific Northwest Worm Meeting
For those of you interested in learning more about neuroscience & specifically the use of the C. Elegans model organism in research, Western Washington University will be hosting the Sea-Bel-Van Regional Worm Meeting! Scientists from Seattle, Bellingham & Vancouver (UBC) will be traveling to campus to present their research and to network.
Last year, on WWU Give Day, the BNS program was succesful in raising over $10,000 as part of our “Stay up for Student Research Campaign. We wanted to share the impact on students within the BNS program, and the research opportunities they were able to pursue because of the generous support of our donors. The newsletter below highlights several students who received support to pursue undergraduate research this past year.
Graduating soon? OHSU is hiring for post-baccalaurate research positions!
Changes to the BNS major
Fall of 2018-19 will bring some exciting changes to the BNS major with the addition of 3 new BNS classes. These classes have a specific Behavioral Neuroscience (BNS) prefix and will provide content targeted specifically to students in the BNS major. The 3 new classes being introduced are:
BNS 305: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience: Prerequisites BIO 205, CHEM 162, PSY 220
BNS 306: Systems Neuroscience: Prerequisites BNS 305, PSY 301
BNS 401: Advanced Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience: Prerequisites BNS 306, PSY 303 and one from PSY 319, 321, 322, 323, 324 or instructor permission
See the FAQ Page for more information
Download the AY 2018-19 Major evaluation for detailed information about changes to the major.
High School Students Can Study Behavioral Neuroscience
If you are a high school student, and are interested in BRAINS, College Quest at WWU is the place for you! Students who participate in College Quest will learn about college life– from residence hall to classroom – through College Quest on Western’s campus located in Bellingham, WA. Students enrolled in the Behavioral Neuroscience College Quest program will learn more about Behavioral Neuroscience and earn 1 college credit. For additional information, 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.
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.
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!
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.