Undergraduate Students interested in joining the lab:
- Are expected to commit to at least two semesters of research. It takes approximately a semester to learn techniques in the lab and so one semester is not sufficient to be able to contribute to the research.
- If you have satisfied the course prerequisites, you will be required to apply/register for an Independent Study and commit the required 10-20 hours per week to fulfill the course requirements.
- If you are unable to register for an Independent Study, then volunteering in the lab may be an option, particularly for students earlier in their undergraduate time at Brown. You will be expected to spend 10-20 hours in lab per week. If you are unable to commit that amount of time, but are still interested in joining the lab, then you should have an explicit conversation about your time commitment with Dr. Desrochers when you apply.
- Those interested in an Honors Thesis should plan on spending the summer between their junior and senior year doing research in the lab, and will be required to apply for an UTRA to do so.
If you can satisfy the above requirements, then you should email Dr. Desrochers a:
- A statement of your planned time commitment (and whether or not you will be applying/registering for an Independent Study).
- Short statement of your interests (no more than a paragraph)
Frequently Asked Questions
- When is a good time to apply to the lab? Ideally you would be in touch the semester before you are interested in joining. The application for independent study and the UTRA are relatively early in the semester.
- What year of undergraduate should I start research in a lab? Many people choose to do research starting in their junior year so that they may continue into their senior year and have had time to take some prerequisite classes. If you are interested in an Honors Thesis, then sophomore year may be an ideal time to start learning your way around the projects in the lab so that you can transition towards independence for your thesis. These timings are ideal guidelines. Depending on interest, there is still plenty you can contribute/accomplish no matter what year of undergraduate you are. Ultimately, if you have questions, ask Dr. Desrochers.
Graduate Student in Sequential Attention
We would like to encourage graduate students to apply to a new consortium whose goal is to investigate the neural bases of attention in the human and non-human primate brain. Details can be found here:
We have 15 graduate student positions that will begin Sept. 2017, to be funded by a new NSF EPSCoR grant on the neural basis of attention, shared among 14 faculty at Dartmouth College, Brown University, Montana State University and the University of Reno at Nevada. Our hope is that these incoming 15 graduate students will form a cohort over their four or five years of PhD training, and collaborate in a number of ways, including spending time in other faculty members' labs and having co-mentors across institutions, and having regular virtual meetings across institutions, which will foster collaboration among our institutions and labs.
Applicants should apply through the normal graduate school channels of each institution, but should indicate in their personal statement that they are interested in participating in this consortium of researchers focused on the neural basis of attention.
Postdoc in Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience
We're looking for a postdoc who is interested in exploring the neural mechanisms of systems and cognitive level sequential control. Studies will focus on linking microelectrode recordings and behavioral performance in non-human primates with non-human primate fMRI and human fMRI, providing an opportunity for cross-level and cross-species work. Strong quantitative skills are required and prior neurophysiological training is strongly preferred. If interested, please send email to: Theresa Desrochers, Theresa_Desrochers@brown.edu.