Experience in the Field
Through research and internships, students in UE's Neuroscience program have numerous opportunities to work in the field before graduation, making them more prepared for successful careers after graduation.
Beyond the Classroom
Students have the opportunity to compete for grants from the UExplore Undergraduate Research Program to conduct projects of their own design during either the school year or the summer with the guidance of a faculty member. Summer grants include a stipend, housing, supplies, and materials. The faculty also encourages students to apply for REU positions, which are paid summer research projects at universities around the country.
Students can also serve as research assistants in the Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory with Dr. Lora Becker. Dr. Becker’s primary research activity focuses on the role of phytoestrogens in development. Student researchers have graduated to do research in the pharmaceutical industry or some other aspect of research in medicine. Several have gone on to medical school at places like The Ohio State University, The University of Kentucky, and Indiana University. Still others have entered graduate school to study neuropsychology or attain certification in a related field. To learn more, visit the Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory.
Students greatly benefit from presenting their research results at national conferences or becoming published in journals. The experience of presenting scientific findings prepares students for graduate school, but also provides them the opportunity to network with potential employers. Meeting professionals in the field also helps student discover their path – research or medicine. Conferences that students regularly attend are the Society of Neuroscience (SFN), International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (IBNS), and the International Society of Developmental Psychology.
Field Experiences and Internships
UE stresses the value of real-world experiences as they help students decide on their educational goals and future career. As an elective course, students have the opportunity to tailor their experience to satisfy their specific goals.
Typical placements have included:
- Healthsouth Deaconess Hospital
- Evansville Psychiatric Children’s Center
- St. Mary’s Medical Center
- Southwestern HealthCare, Inc.
- Healthsouth Tri-State Rehabilitation Hospital
Before leaving Nigeria to come to the University of Evansville, Ibukunoluwa Araoye was often asked, "Why UE?" His response shows the careful thought he puts into all he does. "I wanted a college with an environment that provided personal attention in the classroom as well as opportunities to be involved in outside activities. I made the right decision. My professors know me and my interests, and I am also able to participate in intramural soccer and football, the International Bazaar, and play piano for different events on campus."
Ibukunoluwa's choice of a major reflects his future career goal. "I want to be a neurosurgeon, and I believe that neuroscience will help me in my course work and in my future interaction with patients. The psychology courses required for the neuroscience degree provide a foundation in understanding human nature — personality, behaviors, and reasons people think in certain ways. This will help me be a physician who can present information to my patients in ways that makes them comfortable in asking questions. I want them to understand different treatment options for their diagnosis."
With one internship completed, Ibukunoluwa knows the time commitment and hard work he still has ahead. "I interned at an infectious disease clinic in Columbus, Georgia, and while I was there, I was also able to shadow a neurosurgeon in a clinic and in the operating room. I am looking forward to my next internship where I will gain even more experience. I'm glad I completed my first one early in my studies. I see the challenges, but I also see the end goal."