DIBS works closely with the Department of Psychology & Neurosciences in the Trinity College School of Arts & Sciences, which administers the undergraduate Neuroscience program of study.

For more information about:

  • The Neuroscience major, please click HERE.
  • A Neuroscience minor also is offered. Please click HERE for more information.

For more information about majors and minors in Neuroscience, please click HERE.

Connecting Students, Research Activities

We help undergraduates connect with members of the DIBS Faculty Network, which consists of more than 200 faculty members involved in brain-sciences research across the campus. For example, Sarah Rapaport (T ’18, Neuroscience), an athlete in college, became a Neuroscience major, in part, because she understands brain injuries among athletes are among the most difficult and complex to treat. Sarah’s interest in brain injuries led her to DIBS through the Bass Connections Brain & Society Theme. Bradley Kolls, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology at the Duke School of Medicine, was Rappaport’s mentor. The Kolls Lab, part of Duke’s Brain Injury Translational Research Center, studies the central nervous system's complex response to injury. Their ultimate goal is to develop new therapies for patients with brain injuries.

“The opportunity to work in a brain injury lab and apply neuroscience in a real-world setting has been incredibly rewarding and will prepare me well for future careers.”

-- Sarah Rapaport (T ’18, Neuroscience) 

The DIBS Summer Neuroscience Program gives Duke undergraduates a “jump start” to their senior research theses. Dr. Thomas Newpher, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Psychology & Neuroscience, directs the program for DIBS. He also advises for Duke's Undergraduate Studies in Neuroscience program.

SNP Class of 2018

Bass Connections Brain & Society Theme

Duke’s Bass Connections program bridges the classroom and the real world, giving students a chance to roll up their sleeves and tackle complex societal problems alongside faculty from across Duke. DIBS administers Duke’s Bass Connections Brain & Society Theme, one of six program themes. Undergraduates, along with graduate students and postdoctoral associates, participate each year in interdisciplinary project teams under all six themes. Please click HERE to learn more about one of the DIBS/Bass Connections teams.

Learn more about DIBS

The Duke Institute for Brain Sciences is a scientific institute with a collaborative spirit and a commitment to education, service and knowledge across disciplines. We encourage creativity, taking risks, sharing ideas and working together.


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