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Undergraduate Summer Research Training in Neuroscience

The Neuroscience Institute at NYU Langone is excited to offer an immersive 10-week summer research training program in neuroscience for undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds. We accept applications from students in their sophomore or junior years of undergraduate study.

For summer 2022, the program takes place from June 6 to August 12.

The program provides opportunities for undergraduate students to engage in basic or translational research under the mentorship of experienced researchers and principal investigators. Our goal is to support students who wish to attend graduate school and pursue a scientific career.

We encourage students from socio-economically disadvantaged and historically underrepresented backgrounds to apply. Preference will be given to applicants from non-research-intensive colleges and universities. We are also seeking candidates who show a strong commitment towards diversity and inclusion.

Program Description

Students are matched with faculty from 1 of our more than 50 neuroscience laboratories at NYU Langone based on the student’s interest and mentor availability. Participating students engage in basic neuroscience research by performing hypothesis-driven experiments, learning to use state-of-the-art lab equipment, interpreting data, and analyzing results under the guidance of their mentor. Students gain fluency in primary scientific literature and develop written and oral scientific communication skills. Each student is matched with a one-on-one mentor, and has opportunities to interact with graduate students, postdocs, and faculty to receive additional guidance and broaden their scientific network.

Students are encouraged to participate in social activities, weekly informal gatherings of the Neuroscience Institute community, and journal clubs. They are also encouraged to take advantage of outreach opportunities with the broader Neuroscience Institute community.

Students are expected to work full-time in the laboratory, to participate in lab meetings and weekly meetings with their mentor, and to attend academic seminars.

At the end of the program, students are expected to give an oral presentation of their project and submit a three-page research summary, including a research abstract, and a two-page personal statement about their experience at NYU Langone. This proposal is in the format of a National Science Foundation fellowship application, and interns will be supported if they wish to develop a full application.

Program Eligibility

Applicants must be undergraduate students enrolled full-time at a U.S. college or university. Students who are expected to graduate before the start of the program are not eligible.

Students from all groups that are underrepresented in science, as defined by the National Institutes of Health, are encouraged to apply. Underrepresented groups include Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, American Indian, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and Alaska Native. First-generation college students, students with a documented disability, and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds are also encouraged to apply.

Students must hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency, or be a non-citizen national with a permit to work.

Program Funding

Summer interns accepted into the program will receive $15 per hour at 35 hours per week for 10 weeks.

Interns are responsible for their own housing, meals, and other expenses.

Impact of COVID-19

As of January 1, 2022, research at NYU Langone is taking place on-site and participants will be able to participate in neuroscience research during the summer of 2022. The impact of COVID-19 is being closely monitored and we will provide relevant updates in the event of any change.

All summer interns will be required to follow NYU Langone guidelines regarding COVID-19 vaccination, testing, and prevention. Guidelines include, but are not limited to, a requirement to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, COVID-19 testing following some travel, mask-wearing, social distancing, and room capacity limits. All requirements are subject to change based on NYU Langone policies.

How to Apply

Applications can be submitted via our online application portal through March 15, 2022, at 11:59PM EST. Applications include an unofficial transcript, a resume or CV, a personal statement, and a diversity statement. Details of what to include in the statements are available on the application portal.

Applications must also include reference letters. One letter of recommendation is required and a second letter is encouraged. Recommenders can use our reference letter portal to submit their letters.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent in mid-April. The onboarding process will start soon thereafter. The program runs from June 6 to August 12.

Contact Us

For additional inquiries regarding the program, please email us at neuroscience.institute@nyulangone.org.