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Terrence M. Brannon brannon at bufo.usc.edu
Mon May 5 13:46:26 EST 1997

I would not only strongly agree with this advice, but would ask you:
what do mean by Neuroscience: maybe mathematical modelling of nerves at cell
or systems level? In this case, try applied mathematics. Do you want
to do neuroengineering? Maybe you should go for Electrical
Engineering. Are you sure a general Biology degree wouldn't give you
better scope? Most of the schools listed by Karen are rather small,
which means once you are there, you are stuck with their limitations. 

But it's good to see someone looking ahead. Finally, you must match
with the people there. Who cares if they have 90 Nobel Laureates on
their faculty if they are all snobs! It might be a good idea to read
some reviews on colleges and if you can afford it, go visit.

ravena at cco.caltech.edu (Karen Allendoerfer) writes:

> Just a word of warning.  I would encourage you strongly to do summer
> undergraduate research.  However, as far as a major is concerned, 
> you might want to think twice before getting so specialized as an
> undergraduate.  After you graduate from college or university, there will
> be a lot less of an opportunity to learn creative writing, or art 
> history, or soviet politics (just to name a few examples off the top of
> my head), than there was at the undergraduate school.  Whereas if you
> decide to go on to graduate school, you will have plenty of opportunity
> to learn all the neuroscience you can stand.
> Maybe this is inappropriate for this newsgroup, but there really is more
> to life than neuroscience :).
> Karen

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