Research Course


MBB 90r (Supervised Research on Topics in Mind Brain Behavior) is an individual research tutorial. You arrange the tutorial yourself, identifying a faculty member who will serve as your research supervisor for a project related to her/his research program. To identify labs or faculty, you may consult this website’s Research Opportunities section or contact Shawn Harriman in the Mind/Brain/Behavior office, faculty advisors in MBB tracks, and the MBB Board of Faculty Advisors.

To enroll in the course, you should complete an application (linked from the bottom of this page) and submit it by noon on Monday, August 24th for the fall or Tuesday, January 19th for the spring. This deadline is for including the course in your Crimson Cart, as our faculty need to review your application and we need to approve the course by course registration day (Wednesday, August 26th or Thursday, January 21st). Your research supervisor should not sign your study card. We are also willing to accept applications after the initial course registration deadline, as we know it can take several days to finalize details for research projects. Late applications will be accepted during the add/drop period, which ends Monday, October 5th in the fall and Monday, February 22nd in the spring. For very late applications, keep in mind that we will need several days review time before the add/drop deadline.

Your work in this course will be determined by your research supervisor, and usually entails regular weekly hours in her/his laboratory or research program. You will be expected to e-mail a one-page progress report to the Mind/Brain/Behavior Office by Wednesday, October 14th or Wednesday, March 3rd. At the end of the semester, you will submit a completed research report to your supervisor and to the Mind/Brain/Behavior Offices by Monday, December 7th or Monday, May 3rd. The research report will be similar in length to a term paper and you should consult with your research supervisor to determine the content. Among the possibilities are a report summarizing your research (including any data analysis you may have done or any preliminary findings you have made), a literature review on a topic related to your research, or a draft paper for publication, or a detailed research proposal for a follow-up study.

Your course grade will be based on your work in the lab and on your written reports, and will be due from your research supervisor by Wednesday, December 16th or Wednesday, May 12th.

MBB 90r provides 4 units of course credit each semester taken. The MBB 90r course ID is 125466, the fall term class number is 22046, and the spring term class number is 12170. For General Education, the divisional distribution is Social Sciences.


MBB 90r Application for 2020-20219 KB