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 Program raises over $12,000 to support undergraduate research
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! Because of your support, the program was successful in raising over $12,000 as part of WWU Give Day efforts, which will be used to directly support undergraduate research efforts. 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, and we are so thankful for your support for undergraduate research.
IN 2017, as part of 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.