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Honours with the CNS


The Centre for Neuroscience laboratories welcome potential higher degree students. Honours is a great gateway into a PhD for those looking to etch out a career in science.

There are two honours entry pathways.


Honours Projects 2018
Our labs are offering a variety of Honours projects for 2018. Some of those projects (those not commercially confident) are listed at the bottom of this page.


Honours Entry Pathways

1). For students undertaking a 4 year bachelor degree with included honours year, honours applications will automatically be submitted and guidance given through the course of normal topic requirements.

2). Students who are completing a 3 year undergraduate degree will have to apply separately to complete a 4th honours year. The pathway for applying to complete a 4th honours year is the option focused on below. There are 4 steps to applying for an Honours year:
a) Check entry requirements
b) Contact relevant honours coordinator
c) Contact a potential supervisor
d) Submit application.


More Information

In most cases students with a Grade Point Average of 5.0 and above will be considered for honours entry, however requirements vary between courses and years. Which honours course is undertaken will depend on the undergraduate degree completed. A full list of honours courses is available at www.flinders.edu.au/courses/rules/honours.cfm
CNS supervisors regularly take on students doing the following honours programs...
> Bachelor of Science (Honours) (all relevant disciplines)
> Bachelor of Health Science (Honours)
> Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours)

but students from all programs are welcome to make enquiries.

Students wishing to complete an honours year following a 3 year degree will need to contact the Honours Coordinator in their discipline to discuss their intention and make arrangements for supervision. For a full list of course coordinators see: http://www.flinders.edu.au/webapps/stusys/index.cfm/enroldetails/main?result=1&type=H
Select your chosen honours program from the drop down list and the details of the honours coordinator will appear (bottom of the page) as well as some general information about the program.

Students interested in Honours are assigned to finding themselves a supervisor in a laboratory of their choice.
A list of some of the research projects on offer (faculty-wide) is available at: www.flinders.edu.au/mnhs/students/honours/projects.cfm. Students who review this site will see a number of projects offered by Centre for Neuroscience laboratories. Should students wish to undertake a project not listed, they can contact the CNS Lab Head of their choice directly to discuss their honours project options.
The contact details for the CNS Lab Heads are on each of their lab's home pages, so the student should contact the Lab Head directly (email is usually preferred for the first enquiry). If students are unsure about which Lab Head to contact, they should look through the CNS research labs to find one that is doing work in an area of interest to them. All CNS Laboratories accept honours students, so finding one within the Centre should be relatively simple as focusing your field of interest. If you are having trouble finding a laboratory, please feel free to contact us for advice.

After finding a supervisor who has agreed to supervise your research project you will need to complete the relevant application form. You supervisor’s signature will need to be included on your application. The form you use will depend on the honours course you are applying for, for more information and application downloads please see:
> College Honours Information: www.flinders.edu.au/mnhs/students/honours/about.cfm


Honours Projects 2018
*All projects open as a pdf in a seperate window. Interested students should contact the Supervisor listed with the project, directly.


AISH Physiology Research Group

> Mechanisms and consequences of sleep breathing disorders and other problems of sleep


Environmental Control of Cell Growth & Cell Division Lab

> Environmental control of cell growth and cell division: relevance to cancer


Integrative Neuroscience Lab

> Brain mechanisms linking emotional state to physiological function


MND & Neurotrophic Research Lab

> A blood based biomarker for motor neuron disease


Molecular & Cellular Physiology Lab

> A single gene target to eliminate diabetes and obesity

> Controlling chemical release from cells

> The role of gut endocrine cells in metabolism and diabetes

> The gut microbiome control of metabolism and obesity


Musculoskeletal Neurobiology Lab

> Innervation changes in response to inflammation


Neuronal Injury & Repair Lab

> The role of mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress in Alzheimer’s disease’s pathology


Neuroscience of Insect Vision Lab

> Diurnal activity patterns of dipteran flies

> What multi-modal factors attract wild pollinators to their food sources (flowers)?

> Neural mechanisms underlying motion vision


Pain & Pulmonary Neurobiology Lab

> Role of p75NTR proteolysis in Motor Neuron cell death

> Innervation changes in response to inflammation


Proteins in Metabolism & Cancer Lab

> Understanding the mechanisms underlying insulin receptor and IGF-1R activation and signalling in diabetes and cancer


Visceral Pain Research (VIPER) Group

> Ion channels: Critical targets for the treatment of chronic abdominal pain

> G-protein coupled receptors: The cause of and solution to chronic abdominal pain?

> How does a bladder infection lead to bladder afferent hypersensitivity and bladder dysfunction?

> The contribution of central sensitisation to chronic visceral pain




Why do Honours with a CNS Lab?

  • > Student Prizes available

  • > Contribute to scientific findings through engaging in real science

  • > Engage with other like-minded students and work side-by-side with your peers


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