Welcome to the Neuroscience major at the University of Maryland!

This is the Neuroscience major’s second year, and the first in which we have been able to be together as a community on campus. Although the NEUR major is relatively new, University of Maryland has a long, strong history of neuroscience. We are proud to now have a proper mechanism to share it with all of our undergraduates. 

Our goal in developing this program was to give students a great and versatile neuroscience background. But, we also hope that this program builds a form of intellectual community to nourish the minds of future neuroscientists and to help them find their place in the world. It is amazing to see how much we have already accomplished, and I am eager to see the wonderful things our students, faculty, and staff will continue to do. Even a pandemic can’t hold us back. 

Here are some of our accomplishments I’d like to celebrate:

  • In Fall 2021, we are offering all 4 courses in our core NEUR series for the first time
  • We have two NEUR-specific UNIV100 sections
  • Our students are involved in research and earning NEUR379 research credit
  • We have 4 NEUR Professional Track Teaching Faculty:
    • Dr. Anna Navaro-Cebrian (NEUR200 co-course director, started Fall 2021)
    • Dr. Amanda Chiccoli (NEUR305 course director, started Fall 2019)
    • Dr. Chan Lin (NEUR306 course director, started Fall 2020)
    • And me, Dr. Hilary Bierman (DUGS, NEUR405 course director) 
  • Dr. Nik Francis joined the Biology Department as a Tenure-Track Professor, and will be running the NEUR Honors Program
  • We have amazing and dedicated staff:
    • Vicki Fitzgerald (Advisor, started January 2020)
    • Imani Burwell (Advisor, started January 2021)
    • Peggy Wolf (Coordinator, started September 2021)
  • We renovated laboratory and office space
  • We started a NEUR Ambassadors program
  • We launched a Career Panel Series
  • We had a wonderfully successful kick-off ice cream event 
  • And, most importantly, we currently have 210 Neuroscience Majors!

Neuroscience majors benefit from the vast resources of both the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the College of Computer, Math and Natural Sciences.  Although orchestrating a cross-college major wasn’t the easiest endeavor , we succeeded because of the hard work of many individuals from both colleges and other campus departments. In doing so, we have hopefully helped pave the way for the development of other interdisciplinary majors. 

I am very proud to be the Undergrauate Director for NEUR. This is a very personal calling for me. It is the major I would have been when I was a student here on campus. I see parts of myself in so many of our students and I cannot wait to see all the wonderful things they will discover and accomplish. 


Be well, 

Dr. Hilary Bierman
Director, Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience
UMD Class of 2001


Hilary Bierman resting her arm on a ledge, smiling.
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09/20/2021 - 2:28 pm