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The NUS Neuroscience Student Interest Group is an academic student group which aims to bring together like-minded undergraduates across the faculties at the National University of Singapore (NUS), with a passion for neuroscience, in a collaborative learning environment.

The interest group hosted its Welcome Tea on 4th January to inaugurate the interest group and to orientate members to the upcoming schedule of activities. The slides from the Welcome Tea are available here: Welcome Tea

Our activities include bi-weekly Journal Club sessions during which we will engage in an interdisciplinary discussion on current research in the field, attending symposiums and seminars organized by the various departments at NUS and other research institutions, learning about the research projects of peers who are undertaking their FYP or UROPS in the field, and possibly even organizing events and activities for the university community and beyond.

This interest group will be a great opportunity for undergraduates to get an early exposure into the field and meet like-minded peers who could be potential collaborators, especially if they are considering a post-graduate career/ education in neuroscience. We hope to cultivate a community of collaborative learning to supplement our undergraduate education with exposure to the field, especially since neuroscience is not offered as an area of specialization/ major at NUS.

The possible topics that we will be covering for the upcoming bi-weekly Journal Club meetings can be found here: Journal Club Topics

The list of topics are based on chapters from a free, peer-reviewed textbook (Neuroscience in the 21st Century: From Basic to Clinical), which will serve as the primary resource for the Journal Club. Members will be split into groups of 3-5 based on their interest in the topics available.

In brief, groups will have to prepare a review presentation of the topic selected not exceeding 30 minutes using material found in the textbook  as well as other relevant primary literature. The rest of the members in the interest group are encouraged to read up on the relevant topics/ chapters and come up with their own ideas either from their own experience or literature review. After the presentation, the presenting group will facilitate an open-floor discussion in the remaining time (they may choose to structure it in any way they prefer) and invite opinions and ideas from the other members who will share relevant ideas and insights from their own disciplines. In this way, we hope that each session provides a multi-disciplinary view of the topics discussed, to all in attendance.

As part of our ad-hoc initiatives, this blog was set up with the aim of serving as a platform for the interest group to share about our activities, archive the knowledge that is shared during our discussions as well as to encourage science-related writing among our members. Our team of writers will periodically publish articles featuring events of the interest group, reviews of recent neuroscience research articles of interest as well as feature interviews with neuroscience researchers in Singapore.

Do follow our blog to keep updated on our events and to join us in this exploratory journey in discovering more about the brain!

 

Sasinthiran

President, NUS Neuroscience Student Interest Group

(E): sasinthiran@u.nus.edu

 

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