About the Neuroscience Club

The CU Neuroscience Club was influential in bringing about the foundation of the Undergraduate Neuroscience major at CU. We didn't just help start the Neuroscience major, we continue to help evolve it today.

By connecting students with peers, professors and professionals, we give you the best opportunities to succeed at CU Boulder. We convene to inspire, inform, and involve ourselves in all things neuroscience and invite students of all disciplines to join us.

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Board Members


Ben O' Meara - President

Ben is a senior double majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology with a minor in Philosophy and a certificate in STEM Education. He is especially fascinated by the mechanisms that support learning and memory and to understand how our experiences influence our behavior. Ben pursues this knowledge in a lab investigating the neuronal circuitry involved in novelty and threat processing and loves taking opportunities to teach. He enjoys Neuroscience Club because it helps create a passionate community of students fascinated by the brain. Additionally, Ben's favorite part of the Neuroscience club are the social events because they lead to new friendships. 

Outside of academics, Ben is always seeking adventures, whether they be expeditions to go rock climbing and skiing in the mountains or being with a group of friends to go exploring late at night. He also has a passion for theatre, especially improv, and enjoys public speaking.




Grant Derose - Vice President

Hi! My name is Grant DeRose, and I am a junior studying Neuroscience and Psychology with a minor in Communications. I transferred here freshman year from UC San Diego and have been a part of the neuroscience club executive board ever since.  I plan on getting my PhD in Neuropsychology and working as a clinical neuropsychologist.






Ashanti Cannon-Turner - Chair of Outreach

Ashanti is a third-year Neuroscience and Psychology major with minors in Spanish and Chinese. Her future goals are to go to grad school abroad and work abroad. She is passionate about the discussion, and diagnosis of developmental and mental disorders in adolescents and minority groups. She also hopes to help lessen the gap in mental health research in underrepresented populations. Her favorite parts about Neuroscience Clube are the community, as Neuro Clubs brings together those from not only psych and neuro but from any major and the various type of events, be it a guest speaker or just a game night she feels it's always a good time. Some of her hobbies include language learning, watching drama series on various streaming platforms, and keeping us with international pop culture.





Dana Ritterbusch - Chair of Events

Dana is a senior double majoring in neuroscience and psychology. Her research interests center around non-pharmacological interventions to help increase resilience in young children with a focus on sleep. She is a former MAC fellowship scholar and is currently an undergraduate research assistant in the Sleep and Inflammation Lab.







Avery Newman - Treasurer

Avery is a sophomore with a Neuroscience major and a minor in computer science. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and Sudoku puzzles. Her favorite part of Neuroscience club is learning about new and exciting research and connecting with other people who love the brain. She is the current treasurer.







Chris Capre - Communications Chair

Chris Capre is a post-bacc year 3 student in the NRSC program. His research focus is on neuroimmunology, particularly how neuroinflammation is either the cause or contributor to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. He is the current communications chair for the NRSC club.






The Neuroscience Major

CU Boulder offers a degree in Neuroscience with a focus on Behavioral Neuroscience which is the field of neuroscience that explores how the brain and nervous system influence behavior. This discipline combines principles from psychology, neuroscience and molecular biology to understand how biological process impact learning, memory, stress, perception and emotions.

In this major, you will learn rigorous scientific methods to uncover the links between the brain, hormones and how neural circuits influence behavioral patterns.

Upper level classes and advanced coursework will include working in laboratories while building your research and scientific skills within the broad field of neuroscience. There is considerable flexibility in our advanced course options that allows students to tailor their course work towards specific interests. To learn more about the Neuroscience major and its requirements, click the button below!

Visit the Undergraduate Neuroscience Major website