MidBrains

The Undergraduate Neuroscience Conference

of the Upper Midwest




Welcome to MidBrains 2016!
November 5, 2016,
University of St. Thomas

The inaugural MidBrains Undergraduate Neuroscience Conference - MidBrains 2007 - was held at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on Saturday, April 28th, 2007. Both the 2008 conference (May 3, 2008) and 2009 conference (May 2, 2009) were also hosted by Macalester College. The conference is a joint effort of the MidBrains Neuroscience Consortium-- a network of faculty from undergraduate neuroscience programs in the upper midwest, and now the conference rotates among the various network institutions. MidBrains 2010 was held at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN on May 1, 2010, and MidBrains 2011 was there as well, on April 30, 2011. The rotation moved to Carleton College for 2012 and 2013, and to the Fall Semester, when it is now permanently scheduled. In 2014 and 2015 the location was Bethel University, and for 2016 and 2017 it will be held at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. This annual event provides a forum for undergraduate students in the Midwest to present research findings, to attend research lectures and special panels, and to meet other undergraduate students interested in the neurosciences. Representatives from several major research universities are also present to discuss graduate school opportunities. Students are encouraged to submit abstracts in all fields of the neurosciences and related disciplines!

Hope to see you at the University of St. Thomas in November 2016!


Register Online


Online Registration is open, click here to register! Deadline: October 28, 2016

CLICK HERE for a map of the St. Thomas Campus.


All attendees will be required to register online for MidBrains 2016. Online registration helps us to estimate the number of attendees and presentations in advance of the conference and to allocate resources appropriately. There is no registration fee.


Wondering how to format a poster? The University of St. Thomas will provide easels and 3ft by 4 ft foam boards (and tacks for attaching your poster). Please format your poster to no more than these dimensions.


MidBrains 2016 Keynote Address:

Karyn M. Frick, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

"Thanks for the memories: How undergraduate research led to a career identifying the molecular mechanisms through which estrogens enhance memory"



Interested in the schedule? MidBrains 2016 will be similar to earlier years. A recent schedule was:



8:00am - Registration


9:00am - 10:00am - Keynote Address


Concurrent Sessions

10:15 - 11:30am - Graduate School Presentations

11:30am - 12:15pm - Graduate Program Faculty Research Talks


12:15pm - 1:15pm - Lunch

1:30pm - 2:15pm - Graduate Student Research Talks

2:30pm - 3:30pm - Student Research Talks

2:30pm - 4:30pm - Poster Session, Graduate Program Information Tables & Social






Questions about MidBrains 2016?

Further information will be posted here as it becomes available, but you can also contact Sarah Heimovics, Professor of Biology at the University of St. Thomas with any questions about MidBrains or the MidBrains 2016 conference.



Last Updated: October 26, 2016.