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Neuroscience BS/MS Program

Neuroscience at SpelmanIn partnership with the Neuroscience Institute of Morehouse School of Medicine, Spelman College’s Department of Biology offers a novel five-year BS/MS program in neuroscience, the only program like this in the country.

This unique dual-degree program is designed to provide undergraduates with neuroscience research training early in their academic careers. Participants finish with Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degree in Neuroscience.

According to the latest National Science Foundation data (2015), of the 1100 neuroscience Ph.D.s awarded, 30 were to African Americans. On average, 52% of these degrees went to women. So at best, there may be 15 African-American women with this training.

Spelman Scholars Chart New Territory

Spelman's 2017 class is a group of undergraduate scholars (Shelley Cobb, Jasmin Eatman, Asia Payne, Parris Washington) who are completing the undergraduate portion of their program with the honor of Phi Beta Kappa induction. Previous graduates of the program (Dominique Djedjro, 2015, and Asha Cotterell, 2016) have completed their master's degrees.

Under the program, students spend the first two years completing courses in introductory biology and chemistry at Spelman. In the junior year, program candidates begin graduate school courses in neuroscience and neuroscience research projects at neighboring Morehouse School of Medicine. Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College are also undergraduate program partners.

Peter MacLeish Ph.D., lead investigator of the grant from the National Institutes of Health that funds the program and founding director of the Neuroscience Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine stated, “We are pleased to partner with Spelman College to increase the number of bright women interested in a career in neuroscience. The field will benefit from their participation and insight. . .”

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