Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Undergraduate research in a Department of Neurosciences' laboratory is a great way to gain additional experience in the field.   Undergraduate students are encouraged to get involved as early as possible in their education journey.  Students can complete research in labs at any point in their undergraduate career.   Ideally it is encouraged for students to get involved as early as possible.   Department of Neurosciences' labs typically do not take students who ask to start researching in their senior years.

What is takes to be an undergraduate researcher in the Department of Neurosciences.  The following is expected of our researchers.

  • To conduct research in an ethical manner to produce unbiased, accurate results, and to immediately report any errors.
  • To act in a way that enhances the work of the laboratory.
  • To complete the necessary trainings required by the lab.
  • To perform my role to the best of my ability
  • To follow the organizations policies and procedures.
  • To meet time and task commitments.
  • To fulfill my role described
  • To provide sufficient notice of when not available to my supervisor.

Still Interested in gaining research experience?

Dr. Robert Smith and the Department of Neurosciences developed a training program for those interested in undergraduate research called the UTCOMLS Undergraduate Research Certificate Program (URCP).   Part of this program will involve helping students who do not have a laboratory or research program find a scientist to work with.  URCP is open to any undergraduate.   It doesn’t matter if you are already in a laboratory, or where that laboratory is located.

If you are interested in working with Dr. Robert Smith or someone on my team or in the Department of Neurosciences at the UT College of Medicine, URCP is highly recommended, not required. It is only required if you want to work directly in my lab (called the Cognitive Disorders Research Laboratory (CDRL) 

Please send an email to to start the inquiry process.




Last Updated: 1/31/24