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Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system. It is an interdisciplinary field that engages scientists, engineers, and physicians in investigating how the nervous system develops and functions on a cellular level as well as the mechanisms that underlie behavior, cognition, mental disorders, and neurological disease. The Neuroscience Major is an Interdepartmental Program managed by the Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience (UPiN), which represents a collaboration between the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB) and the Department of Psychology. Gifts to UPiN ensure that undergraduate students will have opportunities to deepen their understanding of neuroscience, engage in cutting edge research, and prepare for a career in science, medicine, dentistry, industries, and other careers.

Your Gifts at Work

By donating to UPiN, your gifts have gone towards our student fellowships, allowing our U-M Students to spend their summer in cutting edge research.

“I am grateful to be part of a thriving academic community that is dedicated to the exploration and discovery of the complex workings of the brain. With numerous research and fellowship opportunities available, I am afforded the invaluable opportunity of not only gaining practical experience, such as resume building, but also getting to find my identity and belonging as a member of the neuroscience community. With the guidance of world-class faculty, I am confident that the UPiN will continue to serve as an invaluable partner in my journey, providing me with support and expertise every step of the way.”

- Demi Jardine is a neuroscience major at the University of Michigan, Class of ’26. She plans to perform honor thesis research in developmental neuroscience.

"As a leader of one of the student organizations on campus, I deeply appreciate the staff and students in the Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience (UPiN) whose collaborative efforts have opened more opportunities to foster a community for like-minded individuals in this field. From providing academic support to encouraging students to pursue their passions through research further, UPiN has played a pivotal role in helping our organization progress and thrive."

- Emily Gong is currently a senior majoring in Neuroscience and co-president of the Neuroscience Student Association, Class of ’23

Giving Opportunities

Neuroscience Major Strategic Fund

The strategic fund provides resources for the Program's focused initiatives and provides support for undergraduates and faculty. This fund is an excellent way to make an investment in the future of the Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience.

Neuroscience Undergraduate Research: Supporting undergraduate research experiences, which is a major cornerstone of the Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience, helping to prepare our students for medical schools, graduate school programs, and jobs in industry.

Neuroscience Educational Outreach: This is an important educational outreach initiative designed to engage undergraduate student participation in outreach activities. It will help the public understand the benefits and importance of neuroscience education and research as well as promoting equal opportunities for all.

Thank you for supporting UPIN!