[FUN_Mail] Alternative careers in Neurosci for undergrads ...

Jacqueline K. Morris jmorris at bw.edu
Thu Oct 5 10:21:53 EDT 2017

Not to be difficult, but can we stop calling them Alternative Careers?  What about Career Pathways with a Neuroscience, B.S., B.A. ?  The best way to benefit our students is to let students know that there are many career pathways in Neuroscience.

I would suggest pharmaceutical sales, laboratory technician, and clinical technician.  Many of my students work in public health, run clinical trials at hospitals, work in regulatory affairs for the pharmaceutical industries, physician assistants, nursing, anesthesiology assistant, etc.


Jacqueline K. Morris, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Director of Neuroscience Program
Baldwin Wallace University

jmorris at bw.edu

From: FUN_Mail [mailto:fun_mail-bounces at lists.funfaculty.org] On Behalf Of Malchow, Robert Paul
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Greetings, fellow FUN members,

Each spring, we hold an Alternative Careers talk for our 140 Neuroscience undergraduate majors.  Past talks have focused on jobs in the pharmaceutical companies and in bioengineering companies developing electrophysiological equipment and making prosthetics.  Often, we find that these get pitched with the assumption that students will go on to PhD programs before considering an alternative career.

This year, we would specifically like to focus on what Undergraduates with a BA/BS in Neuroscience can do.  Potential ideas for this year are working for non-profits (museums, perhaps) or science writing.

Suggestions for good contacts for these?   Other potential areas that would be worth considering?


Robert Paul Malchow, Ph.D.
Director, UIC Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience
Master Teacher, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences & Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago
Summer Scientist and Whitman Investigator, Marine Biological Laboratory
phone 312-413-1552
email: paulmalc at uic.edu<mailto:paulmalc at uic.edu>

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