In a nutshell: Pursue neuroscience education and earn credentials through the Centre for Applied Neuroscience in a mentorship-based format with Professor Dr. Mandy Wintink, PhD.
This course is a 13 month course, with meetings happening once a month.
Part 1: Class
The class will be a small group students (max 5) who will meet once a month online (or in person when possible) with Dr. Wintink to survey general neuroscience and psychology topics of current relevance. The topics of the class are chosen with the purpose to provide students with a good overview of important concepts in neuroscience and psychology and for the students to feel confident in their new credentials. A full list of the topics are listed below. During this class students will be expected to review the curated content (e.g., scientific articles, books, lectures) distributed by the professor prior to each class. Each class will involve a combination of lecture by the professor, student presentations, and facilitated discussions as is typically done in graduate school and upper level undergraduate classes. The class will consist of six 3-hour classes, during a 6-month period.
Part 2: Thesis
The second half of the course is where students choose a topic of their particular interest and work under the direct supervision of their thesis professor to develop their topic into a written thesis. Here, students will no longer meet as a group (until the very end) but instead, will meet individually with their professor once a month for the next 5 months. The professor will provide support for the student to shape the thesis, source information, discuss resources and content, and eventually prepare the learning for a thesis document to be written and presented to the thesis class (including the professor).
Students will meet with their classmates monthly for the first 6 months of their MicroDegree to discuss the following topics:
Drugs (e.g., Marijuana, Alcohol, Caffeine)
Mental Health (Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Personality Disorders, Autism Spectrum, etc.)
Neurological Diseases (e.g., Alzheimer’s, Stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, etc.)
Sex, Gender, and Sexual Orientation
Social Media, Technology, and the Brain
The students will be introduced to the overall topic and then choose a subtopic to study more in-depth on their own. Students will be directed to specific resources and use a set of guiding questions and have one month to learn about their topic. They will return after a month and present on their topics to the rest of the class.
Thesis topics will be chosen under consultation with the professor. They may be extensions of topics studied during the first 6 months of the course or they may be entirely different topics. Together, the student and the professor will determine a topic that is both of deep interest to the student and one that is manageable to tackle in a 6-month period. Students may start with an idea of what they are interested in pursuing as a thesis topic or wait to survey neuroscience topics before choosing. Ultimately, the topics should be of sincere interest to the student.
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