What is Nu Rho Psi?
Nu Rho Psi is the National Honor Society in Neuroscience. Here at KU, we are a club open to anyone with an interest in Neuroscience!
What are the benefits of joining?
- Connect with others who share your interests and/or major
- You can learn about getting involved in undergraduate research, including at programs both within and outside of KU
- Attend super interesting lectures from a wide variety of guest lecturers. In the past, we’ve had speakers talk on topics ranging from the treatment of anxiety disorders to new brain chip technology
- Receive mentoring from upperclassmen who may be on the career path you want to follow
- If you qualify for national membership and apply, you are added to the official Nu Rho Psi member list and will receive a special cord for graduation
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to join our mailing list or get more information
- Locally active (KU club)
- In order to be a locally active member of Nu Rho Psi one must earn at least 10 “points” per semester
- Points can be earned by coming to meetings, participating in fundraisers, or participating in an unrelated neuroscience event.
- Nationally active (Official Nu Rho Psi member)
- In order for national recognition in Nu Rho Psi one must have completed 3 semesters of college curriculum and at least 9 hours of neuroscience requirement
- Members interested in becoming nationally recognized must also have a 3.2 cumulative GPA and a 3.5 neuroscience GPA
- It's never too late or too early to get involved in research
- Figure out what research topics interest you. Read through professors’ bios to see if their research interests you.
- Talk to other professors – they will most likely know if any of their colleagues are doing research similar to your interests
- Look into professors in departments outside of your own – Neuroscience is highly interdisciplinary!
- Departments with faculty doing neuroscience research: Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Linguistics, Speech-Language-Hearing
- Once you have identified one or a few professors, reach out through an email and see if they have an opening for an undergraduate researcher
- Introduce yourself and say why you are interested in working in their lab (be specific!)
- Attach a CV/Resume or simply mention relevant classes/experiences
- Request a meeting to learn more about their research – this is a good way to get a feel for the professor, the lab, and what will be expected of you (how many hours are expected, what project you would be working on, etc.)
- Use the meeting as a chance to make sure the lab would be a good fit for you!
- If you do not get a response within a week, send a polite reminder email
- Don't be afraid to look for opportunities outside of KU
- Summer NSF REU programs
- Look for scholarships and other opportunities
- Undergraduate Research Award (UGRA) – research funding through the center for undergraduate research
- Present at the Undergraduate Research Symposium and other conferences
- Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)
- Start working (see Bachelor level careers)
- Graduate School
- Medical School
Doctorate Level Careers
- Most careers associated with neuroscience require doctorate-level education. Examples include:
- Medicine (MD, DO)
- Research Scientist
- Physical Therapist
- Clinical Psychologist
- Food Scientist
- Scientific Outreach Coordinator
Master’s Level Careers
- Many careers associated with neuroscience require master’s-level education. Examples include:
- Nurse Practitioner
- Physician’s Assistant
- Genetic Counselor
- Occupational Therapist
- Neural Engineer
- Neuroimaging Techician
- Speech-Language Pathologist
- Public Health
Bachelor’s Level Careers
- Some careers associated with neuroscience require no more than a Bachelor’s degree.
- Laboratory Techician
- Clinical Research Assistant
- EEG Technologist*
- Pharmaceutical Sales
- Pharmacy Technician
- Forensic Science Technician
- Residential Counselor
- Special Education Assistant
- Medical Technician*
*may require additional certification