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Skidmore College
Neuroscience Program

Neuroscience is the scientific community's effort to understand the mechanisms that give rise to thoughts, motives, and behavior. The study of the nervous system can be pursued from biological, biochemical and psycho- logical perspectives; as such, neuroscience is a thoroughly interdisciplinary endeavor that blurs the traditional barriers between such specialties. Neuroscientists investigate the connections between events that occur at the subcellular level (molecular genetics and molecular biology), the cellular level (electrophysiology, cell histology), the systems level (developmental biology, neurophysiology, functional anatomy) and the behavior of the whole organism (animal behavior, cognitive psychology). Addressing the fundamental questions of neuroscience thus requires the collaboration of specialists in diverse fields.

The field of neuroscience is relatively new, and we are continually learning surprising aspects of how our brain functions. The faculty at Skidmore are interested in a diverse array of scientific questions, including: how genes regulate biological clocks and activity cycles, how cannabinoids impact adolescent brain development and adult behavior, how gene products guide the development of the spinal cord, how Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases can be understood at the molecular level, and how the two hemispheres of the brain process information differently.

You can read more about the guiding principles behind our curriculum within our Mission Statement.

Download our snazzy pamphlet, which is full of useful information (including the names and research specializations of our faculty, and the courses within our curriculum) here: Neuroscience Program Pamphlet.

Download the Special Permission for Independent Research in Neuroscience form here.


Exciting News!

The Neuroscience Program is happy to announce the creation of the Eleanor B. Ketterer-Sykes ’24 Endowed Student Resource Fund in Neuroscience! This fund was established by Gwyneth Ketterer in honor of her daughter and graduating Neuroscience major, Ellie Ketterer-Sykes (shown below presenting a poster of her research and attending the Hudson-Berkshire Society for Neuroscience conference with other Skidmore Neuroscience students and faculty members).

Ellie Presenting Poster               Skidmore Neuroscience

This fund will support participation of Skidmore College students pursuing majors or research in Neuroscience in activities that enhance their academic coursework, including research, travel, and participation in conferences. The Fund will also have the flexibility to support equipment and research supplies, depending on student need each year. 

This fund will become available to students starting in Fall 2024.