University of Pittsburgh

Department of Neuroscience

Welcome

Neuroscience is the study of the biology and function of the central nervous system, with a special focus on the brain. The field has emerged during the past two decades as part of the explosive growth of research and interest in the neural sciences. An autonomous major in neuroscience was developed at the University of Pittsburgh in 1983, and is among the largest undergraduate neuroscience programs in the country, with more than 300 students as majors.

The program is designed to provide a challenging sequence of courses in biological sciences, chemistry, mathematics, and physics, in addition to introductory and advanced courses in neuroscience. Students may also receive credit for original research projects conducted in collaboration with faculty members. The relatively small size of the upper-level courses, excellence of teaching, and opportunities for research are especially attractive features of the major. A minor in neuroscience is also available.

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Neuroscience

Graduation Breakfast, 2014

The Neuroscience Department holds a graduation breakfast at 9:00 am on April 27th, commencement Sunday. It is held in the PAA, Pittsburgh Athletic Association, next to Alumni Hall. The attire for the breakfast is business casual and it is for graduates and parents only due to the size of the venue.

GRADUATION CENTRAL http://www.commencement.pitt.edu/

Where: Connolly Ballroom, Alumni Hall, Oakland
When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., April 8 and 9
From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8 and Wednesday, April 9, the Pitt Alumni Association, in cooperation with the Office of Special Events and the University Book Center, will host ”Graduation Central” in the Connolly Ballroom of Alumni Hall. At this time, students will:
• Receive instructions for the ceremony 
• Purchase their caps and gowns 
Students also will be able to purchase graduation announcements, class rings, and diploma frames.If you are participating in commencement, it is vital that you attend Graduation Central on April 8 or 9.
Tickets:
Unlike in previous years, tickets will not be required for entry into the Petersen Events Center for the ceremony.
Regalia:
Regalia is required to participate in the the commencement procession and ceremony. Regalia may be purchased at Graduation Central. Prices are:
• Bachelor’s cap, gown, tassel, and hood: $55
• Master’s cap, gown, tassel, and hood: $60
• Doctor’s cap, gown, tassel, and hood: $75 
Payment must be made at the time of purchase by cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, or Discover. Sizing charts and order forms are available through the book center or at Graduation Central. (Note: 7 percent sales tax is not included in the prices shown and will be calculated at the time of your purchase.)


Questions:
If you have questions regarding commencement or Graduation Central, please contact the Office of Special Events at 412-624-7100.

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Our graduates are going places!

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Robert Macielak,

2014 Class Marshal

Ohio State University College of Medicine

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Dakota Buhrman

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Clinical Research Coordinator

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Ellen Romich

Lerner Research Institute

College of Medicine

 

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Priya Roy

Ohio State University College of Medicine

Medical School

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Gregory Adams

UPMC Presbyterian Hospital

UPMC - Presby

Neurophysiology Technician

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Janaki Patel

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Rutgers University

School of Medicine

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Thomas J. Gaughn

National Institute of Mental Health

Research position

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Sowmya Sanapala

AmeriCorps

City Year - D.C.

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James Boris

National Institute of Mental Health

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Brandon Barndt

AmeriCorps

Pittsburgh Health Corps

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Eric Czernizer

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

MSPH in Tropical Medicine

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Maximilian McCann

University of Illinois at Chicago

PhD in Physiology

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Meghan Bucher

Home

CNUP Graduate Program

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Whitney Wolaver

Georgetown University

University of Cincinnati

Graduate school

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Michael Stevenson

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Monmouth University School of Education

Elementary and Special Education

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Drew Miller

Lake Erie College of Medicine

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Vimesh Tambi

Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring

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Katherine Clark

Research Technician

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Rebecca Spinaris

Mercy Hospital of Buffalo

Nursing Assistant

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Samuel J. Dienel

UPMC

Research Associate; Lewis Lab

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Nicole Amato

UPMC

Clinical Neurophysiologist; UPMC

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Christian Bohan

EMT-B and

Hospital Pharmacy Technician

 

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Kristen Breslin

Peace Corps

Chile

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Jennifer Huang

Temple University

Post-Bacc program

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Abigail Rollison

Peace Corps

International Teams; Istanbul, Turkey

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Wasiq Sheikh

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Michael Kitchens

Baylor College of Medicine

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Caroline Koenig

Peace Corps

PUBLIC HEALTH PROJECT

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Lauren Hasek

Employed with a Health Technology Company in East Africa

 

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Emily Otmanowski

Employed - labwork

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Krishma Kumar

Temple University School of Medicine Logo &

 

 

 

School of Medicine

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Carly Brog

Neurophysiological Technician

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Margaret Saludis

UMB Medical School

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Jennifer Fedor

Research Assistant

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Seth Laino

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School of Dental Medicine

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Alexandra Bonner

 

The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University

University of Cincinnati Bearcats

University of Cincinnati

Schools of Medicine

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Samantha Molsberry

MS in Epidemiology at

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University of Washington University of Washington

Emory University Emory University

Northwestern University

University of Minnesota

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Desiree Markantone

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Nathan Vogler

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Erin O'Brien

Temple University School of Medicine Logo

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Em Maier

University of Michigan

International Epidemiology,

Home Epidemiology,

Washington University in St. Louis

MPH,

and

Emory University

Global Health

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Brianna Jones

TCMC the Commonwealth Medical College

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Ayibatari (Tari) Sikpi

UConn Home

School of Medicine

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Madeline Leo

College of Medicine

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Ian McGrath

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Cailey Sanbourn

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Tell us your good news! We'd love to hear of your acceptances. Please let us know so that we can share your news with the neuroscience community!

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Research Awards

The James E. Bradler, Jr. Award is reserved for those students who have not only excelled in the lab, but whose research experience has had an especially profound and    transformative influence on their intellectual development and career plans. Congratulations to Kaitlin Folweiler (pictured in center below with Mentor, Dr. Anthony E. Kline, (left) and Department Chairperson Alan F. Sved (right).

 

The Neuroscience Research Excellence Award was created by the Department to recognize students who have excelled in the laboratory as evidenced by an unusually high level of productivity, profound commitment to completion of a research project, and great potential for a career in research. This year the department awarded four Research Excellence Awards.

Pictured below are Lauren Kelly, award recipient (center) with Alan F. Sved, Department Chairperson (left) and Steven D. Meriney, Research Mentor (right).

Bill J. Yates, research mentor (left) with Daniel Miller (center) and Alan F. Sved, department chairperson (right).

Patty Reagan, advisor (left) with Ben Siegel (center) and Alan F. Sved, department chairperson (right).

 

Not pictured: Ajay Unnithan.

 

Congratulations Mike Catanzaro!

Michael F. Catanzaro has been awarded a 2013 Undergraduate Research Excellence Fellowship by the American Physiological Society. These prestigious fellowships (only 5 are awarded nationally) provide $4,000 in research support for the summer as well as a travel grant to attend the 2014 Experimental Biology meeting (to be held in San Diego).

Recipients of this award must have an interest in pursuing graduate studies in physiological research, as well as a substantial research background.

 

The University of Pittsburgh Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa nominates the following Neuroscience students for election to the Class of 2013 :

Moira Black

Zachary Haddad

Miochael Harowicz

Tyler Hein

Daniel Holohan

Joseph Kern

Harrison Klaus

Allysa Nagy

Timothy Ohlsen

Milan Patel

Clark Restrepo

Garry Smyda

Jessa Tunacao

Ajay Unnithan

Ruth Wang

Zachary Zuzek

Early election Juniors, Class of 2014:

Kristen Breslin

James Di Bitetto

Initiation to be held in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room on Saturday, April 27th, 2013 at 7:30 pm.

We are pleased to inform you...

Many members of the

Class of 2013

have shared their offers for employment/admissions with us.

Congratulations to:

Matthew Recker

Drexel University College of Medicine

Medical School

 

Christopher Zimmerman

University of California,

San Francisco

National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) fellowship -Neuroscience Graduate Program

Timothy Ohlsen

Universitry of Pittsburgh

School of Medicine

Christopher Henderson

University of Pittsburgh

Graduate Studies in Bioengineering

Sai Pratyusha Kancherla

Ross University School of Medicine

Medical School

Melanie Yochum

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine at Seton Hill

Medical School

Ron Gathagan

University of Pennsylvania

Research Specialist

Ben Siegel -

Emory School of Medicine

Medical School

Azad Hirpara -

New Jersey Medical &

SUNY Downstate College of Medicine

Medical Schools

Kevin Zitelli -

Center for Neuroscience

at the University of Pittsburgh

Neuroscience, Ph.D.

Charles Port -

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Ruth Wang -

Teach for America

Las Vegas Valley, Secondary Science

Elizabeth Kline -

Emory University

Neuroscience, Ph.D.

Michael Harowicz -

Duke University

Drexel University

Georgetown University

Medical Schools

Rebecca Taylor -

Midwestern University, Chicago

Physician Assistant Studies

Denisse Sequeira -

University of Pittsburgh,

Department of Emergency Medicine

Allysa Nagy -

University of Pittsburgh,

School of Education

MS Exercise Physiology

Valerie Michael -

Research Assistant,

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

Matthew Schaff -

Foundation for Biomedical Research,

Washington, D.C.

Thomas J. Price -

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Clinical Research

Lauren Kelly -

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey,

Medical School

Alex Doyle -

Internship with

Dr. Amanda Dettmer-Erard,

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Kaitlin Folweiler -

University of Michigan

University of Virginia

Drexel University

University of Pennsylvania

University of Miami

Neuroscience Ph.D. programs

Joseph Alexander Kern -

Peace Corps in Zambia,

Community Health Improvement Project

Joseph Patrick Staszel -

The Commonwelath Medical College,

School of Medicine

Edom Seyoum -

Department of Anesthesiology,

University of Pittsburgh

Research Assistant

Christopher Kyper -

Temple University

School of Medicine

Laetitia Ngamassi -

Research Assistant,

National Institute of Health

Collin Flannagan -

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Pratik Patel -

SUNY College of Optometry (attending)

Pennsylvania College of Optometry

Illinois College of Optometry

Optometry Schools

Moira Black -

Thomas Jefferson College of Medicine

Medical School

Cameron Olezene -

Johns Hopkins University

University of Michigan

Washington University in St. Louis

University of Pittsburgh

Brown University

Boston University

University of Virginia

Schools of Medicine

 

Jamie Asha Kaufer -

University of Pittsburgh

School of Dental Medicine

Courtney Sullivan -

University of North Carolina

University of Miami

University of Pittsburgh

University of Virginia

University of Southern California

Neurobiology/Neuroscience/ Biomedical Science Ph.D. programs

 

Lauren Miller -

University of Pennsylvania

Washington University in St. Louis

University of Pittsburgh

Boston University

University of Virginia

Ohio State University

Schools of Medicine

 

Natalie Ernecoff -

University of Pittsburgh

School of Public Health, Department of Community and Behavioral Science

Sean Bell -

University of Pittsburgh

School of Dental Medicine

David Richardson -

The State University of New York

MD/Ph.D.

Ryan Stolakis -

Temple University

School of Medicine

Emily Wieczorek -

University of Pittsburgh

School of Medicine

Undergraduate Online Resume Review

If you have a resume that you would like Career Development to review, you no longer have to schedule an appointment! Simply send an email to resumes@pitt.edu with your resume attached and one of our counselors and consultants will get back to you with comments and suggestions on how to make your resume stand out from the crowd. Please allow 2-3 business days for a reply.

This service is currently for undergraduates – graduate level resumes and CVs are best served by walk-in appointments at Career Development.

 

Research Opportunities

The Department of Neuroscience encourages interested undergraduate majors to gain research experience within an active neuroscience laboratory. Most undergraduates who enroll in research for credit are interested in completing an independent project that results in an undergraduate thesis.

Learn More »

Good News!

Nine of our undergraduate students are among the inaugural recipients of $2,000 University Honors College (UHC) Scholarships for Academic Year 2013-2014:

These excellent students submitted strong application materials andmet the following eligibility criteria:

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Congratulations Michael Catanzaro!

Michael has received a major award from the American Physiological Society. Mike was awarded the “David Bruce Outstanding Undergraduate Abstract Award.” This award was based on his first-author abstract submitted for the Experimental Biology Meeting. At the meeting, Mike will be one of 25 students who will be competing for the “Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award.”

This is not the first award that Mike has received from the American Physiological Society. Last summer, he was one of six students to receive an "Undergraduate Research Excellence Fellowship,” which provided a stipend as well as a travel grant to the 2014 Experimental Biology meeting.

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Congratulations to our students who won a summer study abroad scholarship from the Nationality Rooms Programs:

1. Mitchell Bayne- Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt Award

2. Nicholas Graff- Lieberkind/Danish Room Scholarship

3. Charles Moon- David L. Lawrence Memorial Award

4. Jonathan Naser- Hungarian Room/Gomory/Arvay Memorial Award

5. Andrew Nitz- Jack Wilson Award

6. Mehrgol Tiv- Alliance Française de Pittsburgh Scholarship

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