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The Neuroscience major is an intercollege major offered by the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.  As an interdepartmental, cross-college program, the major offers access to more than 40 faculty from the departments of Molecular, Cellular and Systems Biology (MCSB; formerly Cell Biology and Neuroscience); Psychology; Biomedical Sciences; Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology (EEOB; formerly Biology); Entomology; Bioengineering and Chemistry.

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The interdepartmental structure of the major provides our students with excellent and diverse opportunities for training in classes and in research. Research interests of faculty in the major include molecular, cellular, systems and behavioral approaches. There are also numerous multi-faculty research groups, including interests in glial-neuronal interactions (through the Center for Glia-Neuronal Interactions), neurodevelopmental disorders, cortical processes and plasticity, neuroinflammation, and gut-brain interactions. The program strives for excellence in research, teaching, and public service, and members of our faculty have been recognized in each of these areas, including as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Several have received awards for teaching, including the Academic Senate’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the Innovative Teaching Award, and the Distinguished Campus Service Award, and awards for excellence in undergraduate mentoring.

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Neuroscience Academic Advisors

CNAS Professional Academic Advisors provide students with individual guidance throughout their academic careers at UCR and help them achieve realistic academic goals.  Professional Academic Advisors can assist you with declaring or changing your major or minor, course repeats, the process for taking courses outside of UCR, taking a leave from UCR, and questions about withdrawing or readmitting to UCR.

Arielle Shepherd
Neuroscience Advisor
Advising Caseload: A, D - F
Phone: 951-827-6396
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Nancy Vasquez
Neuroscience Advisor
Advising Caseload: B - C
Phone: 951-827-1759
Liliana Aguila
Liliana Aguila-Barajas
Neuroscience Advisor
Advising Caseload: G - R
Phone: 951-827-4860
Nakita Lea
Neuroscience Advisor
Advising Caseload: S - Z
Phone: 951-827-4229

Neuroscience Lead Faculty Advisor

A Lead Faculty Advisor is assigned for each major.  Faculty advisors are available to assist students with guidance regarding graduate or professional school, opportunities to participate in research, independent study, or internships.  Faculty advisors also may provide students with advice and mentoring regarding career goals.

Dr. Peter Hickmott
Neuroscience Lead Faculty Advisor
Phone: 951-827-7308
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