What is the process for working in the Brain & Behavior Lab?

There are two types of lab members: undergraduate and graduate/post-graduate. Undergraduate members at University of Hawaii can either do a 499 or come to one of our bi-weekly lab meetings to learn more about opportunities. Graduate students wishing to do thesis work in the lab need to apply to the university (usually in the beginning of December). Check the university and departmental websites for more details, make sure you plan ahead, and don’t forget any of the requirements. A good idea is to check in early with the lab that you are interested in. In the past, we have been able to provide some funding for graduateships, but this depends on many factors.

What pre-requisites do you look for when evaluating a potential graduate student?

Our selection process of graduate/post-graduate lab members is a rigorous and competitive one, with numerous applicants turned down each year because of low grades or not enough experience. We look for students who have a strong background in perception, cognition, and neuroscience. Experience from practical work in a lab, especially in brain imaging and/or MatLab will be meritorious. We expect students to have a strong work ethic, good organizational skills, and be self-motivated (Intelligence/good grades is not enough). A strong GRE score will help you in applying for any graduate school. Things that set you apart include experience with EEG, FMRI and experimental design. It also helps if you have access to graduate funding from e.g. NIH, NIH2, NSF or Foundations.

What information are you going to want from a student who is interested in working in the B&B lab?


We expect students to send a covering letter outlining why they want to work in the B&B lab specifically, what expertise they have that make the B&B lab well suited to them, and what they hope to gain during the graduate experience. outlining future goals also helps me gauge how serious a student is. Additionally, students should send a cv (i.e., a resume), and an unofficial transcript.

How do you want to be contacted?

Every year in January we hold an open house of the lab. To be added to the invite list please email vibell@hawaii.edu with the information indicated above. If you have missed the open house contact us directly by email.