Contact Barbara Colombo, Program Director
Phone: (802) 865-8435
The Champlain College Behavioral Neuroscience Lab is a remarkable asset to Champlain and the state of Vermont. With unique research equipment and expert supervision, it enables students to perform graduate-level research while completing their undergraduate classes or internships.
Psychology students have the opportunity to help design their own experiments and to be listed as co-authors alongside their professors on published scientific papers. The excellent research conducted in the lab has drawn the attention of global researchers and students, who may have opportunities to be involved in international collaborations with Champlain students and faculty.
Research takes place in a small space, removed from outside distractions in order to preserve the focus of participants and avoid the influence of uncontrolled factors in experiments. Faculty and students perform experiments centered around brain stimulation and its effects. Lab research has three main focuses: Cognitive Reserve and Aging Populations, Emotional Regulation (Affective Neuroscience), and Health and Well-Being.
It is generally uncommon for undergraduate psychology students to have access to the type of equipment, research opportunities, and faculty guidance offered by the Behavioral Neuroscience Lab, making Champlain a premier destination for students looking for a hands-on Psychology education.
If you are interested in an internship at the Behavioral Neuroscience Lab, or you are interested in participating in a lab experiment and using the equipment, please reach out to Barabara Colombo, PhD. at firstname.lastname@example.org. Internships are generally geared towards Psychology students, while experiment participation is open to all Champlain students.
Experience with professional-grade lab equipment makes Champlain students top candidates for research positions.
Students have the opportunity to help design and carry out experiments with 1:1 guidance from their professors. Roughly 70% of published research coming out of the lab lists students as co-authors—another detail that puts Champlain students ahead of the competition when searching for jobs or future research opportunities.
All Psychology students will utilize the Behavioral Neuroscience Lab at least once in their college career, during the required Behavioral Neuroscience course. Students concentrating in Health & Wellbeing will use the lab more often and more extensively than those concentrating in Social Impact/Social Change. Students who find they enjoy performing research in the Neuroscience Lab have the option to make their degree more neuroscience-based and will be able to conduct even more research.
The research conducted in the Behavioral Neuroscience Lab is comparable to graduate-level research at other institutions based on level of inquiry and equipment access. This gives Psychology students at Champlain the unique ability to bolster their résumé with specialized credentials and jump-start a career in psychological and neuroscience-based research.
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ABOUT THE BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE LAB
Due to its reputation for leading edge research and excellent student instruction, the lab has attracted national and international collaborators. This allows students to broaden their horizons when working with students and professionals from other institutions and countries. For especially motivated students, there are opportunities to travel to research conferences and other institutional courses, both regionally and abroad.
The Champlain Behavioral Neuroscience Lab was founded in 2014 by Dr. Barbara Colombo in order to expand the education potential of Champlain Psychology students and enhance faculty research opportunities. The lab is located in room 112 of the S.D. Ireland building. It is open to use for faculty, Psychology majors and minors, interns, and student and professional collaborators. Everyone who uses the lab must be supervised by a professional who is certified in properly using the equipment and working with research participants. For equipment security, the lab is kept locked and access is by appointment only.
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