Undergraduate Summer Research Training in Neuroscience
The Neuroscience Institute at NYU Langone offers an immersive 10-week summer research training program in neuroscience for undergraduate students. 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 who are searching for their first neuroscience research experience to apply, so preference is given to applicants from non-research–intensive colleges and universities.
We accept applications from students in their sophomore or junior years of undergraduate study who reside in New York City and the surrounding areas (New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York) and encourage students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in science to apply. The Neuroscience Institute’s summer research program for undergraduate students is guided by the principle that the advancement of scientific innovations and discoveries is made possible by providing foundational research training and tools to the next generation of neuroscientists. We believe in a supportive research environment that encourages diverse ideas, curiosity, and kindness.
The summer 2023 program will take place from June 5 to August 11. Applications for 2023 have closed. For information about the summer 2024 program, please check back in December 2023.
Students are matched with faculty from 1 of our more than 50 neuroscience laboratories at NYU Langone based on the student’s interest and the availability of excellent summer research projects. Participating students engage in basic neuroscience research by performing hypothesis-driven experiments, using state-of-the-art lab equipment, collecting data, and analyzing results. 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 members 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 person in the laboratory, to participate in lab meetings and weekly meetings with their mentor, and to attend academic seminars. Program workshops are specifically designed to support students as they prepare to apply to graduate schools. At the end of the program, students are expected to give an oral presentation of their project and submit a written research summary and personal statement about their experience at NYU Langone.
Applicants must be undergraduate students enrolled full-time at a U.S. college or university and reside in the greater New York City metropolitan area. Students who are expected to graduate before the start of the program are not eligible. Preference will be given to students who have minimal prior research experience and a strong interest in pursuing a career in neuroscience research.
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.
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, transportation, 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 2023. 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 include an unofficial transcript, a resume or CV, a personal statement, and an optional diversity statement.
Applications must also include reference letters. One letter of recommendation is required and a second letter is encouraged.
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