Study the least-understood organ in the human body: the brain. Learn how the brain develops, how it drives our ability to learn, and how abnormalities in brain development result in disorders.
An Ideal Place to Learn
Students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with Assumption faculty on research projects. Students can earn academic credit for research completed during the academic year and may apply for paid summer research fellowships. Assumption also enjoys an internship pipeline with the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), just minutes from campus.
Featuring nationally recognized neuroscientists, the lecture series gives students the opportunity to learn more about the field and network with experts.
Community Outreach Opportunities:
The Center provides students opportunities to give back to the local community, through activities such as visits to local elementary schools and generating awareness of brain-related diseases by participating in community 5k runs/walks.
Students are encouraged to expand their world view by pursuing study abroad opportunities. The Center for Neuroscience looks for ways to connect students interested in neuroscience with related abroad programs, such as the Neuroscience Seminar in Germany.
Assumption’s Center for Neuroscience
The Center provides a vibrant, interdisciplinary community of students and faculty with the opportunity to explore current brain-centric research findings in a variety of ways.
The Center aims to increase opportunities for student research, enable students to present their research at national conferences, offer neuroscience-focused career-building events on campus, host a neuroscience-centric lecture series featuring nationally recognized neuroscientists, provide opportunities for networking, and engage in community outreach.
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Shining Their Light
Neurobiology Research Intern, UMass Medical School Neurobiology Research Department
Assumption prepared me for my internship by building my foundational science knowledge.
I was then able to make real discoveries alongside graduate students and other impressive individuals. Due to my involvement, I am fortunate to be a published author on a paper as an undergraduate student, which can be quite rare.
Intern, University of Massachusetts Medical School
My classes and coursework thoroughly prepared me for my internship.
I had the incredible opportunity to collaborate with a team at UMMS and work on data collection to publish a paper for a journal. My Assumption education prepared me to succeed in my internship and has shaped the way I think critically.
Undergraduate Research Intern, UMass Medical School Neurobiology Department
At my internship, I experienced what it’s like to work in a medical research lab.
I worked with Professor Lemons researching genes involved with neuronal development in c. elegans. The labs I had to take for many classes helped me gain hands-on experience with the techniques I would later need for my internship.
Fourth Year PhD Candidate in the Neurobiology Department, UMass Medical School
The best tools you have for getting the career you want are Assumption’s professors.
As an undergraduate, I was exposed to the inner workings of a graduate school laboratory which helped me realize that I wanted to continue conducting neuroscience research and eventually go on to get my Ph.D. The faculty are such knowledgeable and wonderful resources.
Pursuing a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree, Ross School of Veterinary Medicine
Assumption provided me with a well-balanced liberal arts education that pushed me to grow.
Through the connections I made at Assumption, I was able to spend three years volunteering in the Anesthesia Department at Tufts Veterinary Hospital. This opportunity provided me with experience I needed to be accepted into veterinary school.
First-rate Academics in a Catholic University Setting
Assumption University strives to form graduates known for critical intelligence, thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service. Rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, the University pursues these ambitious goals through a curriculum grounded in the liberal arts that prepares students for professionally and personally rewarding lives of meaning.Our Mission
Assumption is dedicated to providing a clear understanding of what your education will cost
We’ll help cut through the complexity of financing your education, ensuring you understand what you need, how to apply for aid, and what’s expected of you. You will be assigned a personal financial aid advisor who will guide you through the process and answer all of your financial aid-related questions.
April Admitted Student Week: Health Professions Round Table Discussion
Join faculty and current students for a round table discussion on health professions programs at Assumption. Learn more about studying human services and rehabilitation studies, health science, and pre-professional advising programs - from what your first year will look like to preparation for your ... Read more
April Admitted Student Week: STEM Round Table Discussion
Join Paula Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., dean of the D'Amour College of the Liberal Arts and Sciences, faculty, and current students for a round table discussion on STEM programs at Assumption. Learn more about studying the biological and physical sciences, mathematics, computer science and cybersecurity - fr ... Read more
The World of Neuroscience in the World of Persons: A Neuroethical Dialogue
James Beauregard, Ph.D. is a lecturer in the Psy.D. program at Rivier University, where he teaches biological bases of behavior, neuropsychology, educational neuroscience, and aging. His research interests are in the fields of neuroethics and personalist philosophy including the intersection of thes ... Read more
In January 2019, Assumption University Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Director of the Center for Neuroscience Michele Lemons, Ph.D., secured a highly competitive $245,710 four-year research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for neurodevelopment research. This grant is distinctive for the emphasis it places upon research at undergraduate institutions, in particular, training undergraduates. Read more about the opportunities the grant provides Assumption students.
Assumption University enjoys a close partnership and an internship pipeline with the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMASS). In addition to numerous collaborations between faculty at both institutions, many of our students complete research internships in the Department of Neurobiology and with psychiatry faculty at UMASS, as well as a number of other research institutions.
Center for Neuroscience Provides Career Networking, Lecture Series, and Community Service Opportunities
“The Assumption program and this Center, true to an institution committed to the liberal arts, with a concern for and a focus on the human person, offers an authentic interdisciplinary approach, from the areas of biology, or chemistry, psychology and philosophy” -Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D., president of Assumption University.
The Center for Neuroscience Events
The Center for Neuroscience specializes in events ranging from research symposiums showcasing student and faculty work, to lecture series featuring Harvard University professors, to the annual Multiple Sclerosis Walk where students recently raised up to $2,600 for MS research.
Stressed to Death: The Role of Stress in Neurodegenerative Disease
How does stress impact neurogenerative diseases? University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Daryl Bosco, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Neurology, will explore this question during a lecture sponsored by Assumption’s Center for Neuroscience on Thursday, February 27 at 11:30 a.m. in Ballroom B of the Tsotsis Family Academic Center, 500 Salisbury St., Worcester.