Westminster Psychology Professor Published

Tuesday, November 2, 2004

Dr. Alan Gittis, professor and chair of psychology at Westminster College, published an invited editorial in the Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education.

 The editorial, "Developing Graduate-Undergraduate Neuroscience Connections," discusses the idea of providing a two-year residency at liberal arts schools for new Ph.D.'s in neuroscience.

 "We have an ample supply of undergraduate sites that can provide exemplary training experiences, a substantial cohort of talented neuroscience trainees who would be interested in these experiences, and members of the graduate training faculty who recognized the need for such a program." wrote Gittis.  "There are a multitude of interested neuroscientists out there and they are begging for ways to find connections between neuroscience graduate professional training and neuroscience undergraduate education."

 Gittis, who has been with Westminster College since 1976, earned his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and serves on the executive board and is a former president of the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience.

 For more information, contact Gittis at (724) 946-7358 or e-mail gittisa@westminster.edu.

Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College is ranked among national leaders in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Guide to America's Best Colleges, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 357 Colleges" and "Best 115 in the Mid-Atlantic" by The Princeton Review, and was recognized by the Templeton Guide as a "Character Building College."

Nearly 1,600 students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty, while choosing from 40 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa. campus.