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

Michael T. Kerchner mkerchner2 at washcoll.edu
Thu Oct 5 12:11:54 EDT 2017

I too would try to avoid using the phrase "alternative careers".  Years back I served a a panelist  on similar discussions at the SFN meeting and always felt irked that I was asked to represent the "alternative career" path.

I have had several graduates who have worked in my lab and conducted senior capstone projects with me who obtained  positions as research technicians and statisticians at NIH and at some research universities.  As employees at the universities, they took courses for little or no expense...  and earned MBAs or other postgraduate degrees , not necessarily in neuroscience, that launched their careers.

I've always though that this path is overlooked by many.  This may be something you could share.


Michael T. Kerchner Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

Executive Director of Nu Rho Psi

Washington College

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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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