Student Opportunities

The Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences offers many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.

Undergraduate Opportunities

Neuroscience Major and Minor

UNE's bachelor of science degree in neuroscience is an interdisciplinary major offering coursework and research opportunities from faculty in various departments and colleges. The curriculum is designed to allow students to explore the structure and function of the nervous system.

A student with a GPA of at least 2.25, can minor in neuroscience with the approval of the Psychology Department Chair. Declarations must occur prior to the completion of the first semester of the junior year.

Neuroscience Student Research: Exploring New Treatments for Corneal Pain

Meet Professor Ian D. Meng, Ph.D., and Gillian Singer (Neuroscience ’23) as they study ocular pain by mapping out the corneal nerves.

Neuroscience Club

The Neuroscience Club holds a number of events throughout the year on a variety of neuroscience topics. It also raises funds for the Michel T. Goulet Foundation and works to educate children and adults on traumatic brain injuries and diseases.

The club caters to individuals who have an interest in all things neuroscience. Activities, fundraisers, and meetings are all centered around neuroscience-related events. All students are invited to join this club — not just neuroscience majors and minors.

The Neuroscience Club typically meets two to three times per month. For more information email Michael Burman at


Interested in working in a neuroscience lab? One of the best ways to determine if you want to go into a career in neuroscience is to volunteer or work in a lab.

Neuroscience labs currently accepting undergraduates

UNE alumni Kira Gordon
Working on these projects has provided me with unique skill sets and an aptitude for scientific research that will certainly contribute to my academic and professional goals.


All of these volunteer activities can be counted toward citizenship hours.


K-12 Outreach

The Neuroscience Club encourages all members to participate in the Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences' K-12 Outreach Program. This program unites faculty, staff, graduates, and undergraduate students while bringing interactive learning to area schools. The activities are designed to introduce such neuroscience topics as anatomy and physiology, injury and injury prevention, addiction, and cognition. Students are trained by UNE staff and invited to go into local schools to teach students one of the many modules that the Neuroscience Center has developed.

UNE Brain Fair

The Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences at UNE has created an annual Brain Fair to engage the local community in brain exploration. The goal of the fair is to promote interest in STEM disciplines (neuroscience in particular) within the greater community. Students, staff, and faculty develop neuroscience-related hands-on activities and experiments for the general public, resulting in a science museum-like experience for the local community. The fair is held in celebration of Brain Awareness Week.

Southern Maine Brain Bee

The Southern Maine Brain Bee is the first step in an international Brain Bee competition that brings together students from near and far to test their knowledge on brain-related topics. Hosted by the Center of Excellence in the Neurosciences, local high school students compete in a bee-like competition answering questions about the brain's: biology, cellular function, anatomy, physiology, psychology, and more. Prior to the Bee, the Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences will host some activities to help participating students prep for the Bee.

For more information on volunteer opportunities email the center at

A close-up of hands in purple latex gloves working on a petri dish
Two students review a microscope slide
A student helps a child put a bike helmet on their head
A student explains their research poster to an audience
A student shows an illustration of an astrocyte to a kid at a U N E brain fair

Graduate Opportunities


Masters Program

UNE offers an M.S. in Biological Sciences. Thesis work for this program can be done in a neuroscience lab.

Request info about our M.S. in Biological Sciences

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (GSBSE), offered through the University of Maine, is a graduate program that includes six cooperating academic and research institutions in Maine The University of New England, The Jackson Laboratory, MDI Biological Laboratory, University of Southern Maine, University of Maine, and Maine Medical Center Research Institute.

Ph.D. Program

Students enrolled in the program can choose which institution they want to do their dissertation work at, with the University of Maine as the Ph.D. granting institution.

The GSBSE program provides diverse interdisciplinary training through a Biomedical Science or Biomedical Engineering track. For more information on this program, please visit the GSBSE website.

CEN Faculty Who Are Accepting Rotating GSBSE Students