SUMMER NEUROSCIENCE UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS (SNURF)

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Exciting opportunity to join state-of-the-art laboratories and discover the world of neuroscience research!

We are offering two fellowship programs (sponsored by either NINDS or NSF) that run from May 29 – August 3, 2018 and offer a substantial stipend, as well as on-campus housing and a supplement for lab supplies.

  • Participate in investigations of how the nervous system develops, functions and repairs itself after injury.
  • Get hands-on training in molecular, cellular, anatomical, physiological approaches.
  • Gain valuable experience before you enter graduate school.

The program supported by NSF is focused on training you to investigate the basic science of neural function and behavior and provides a stipend of $5000. All faculty members participating in our Neuroscience Graduate Program are eligible to serve as your mentors. This program supports up to eight fellows per year and is for undergraduates planning to go to graduate school.

The program supported by NINDS is focused on training you to investigate the neuroscience of neurological disorders and stroke and provides a stipend of $4000.  You will be trained by a team of mentors that includes both basic scientists and clinicians.   This program is for undergraduates planning to pursue a biomedically focused graduate research program, or a medical scientist (M.D., Ph.D.). Students will also shadow clinicians 1-2 times and engage in a simulation activity.

YOU CANNOT APPLY TO BOTH PROGRAMS. PLEASE DECIDE WHICH PROGRAM WILL BENEFIT YOU MOST IN YOUR FUTURE CAREER.

PROGRAM SPECIFICS

  • Work full-time on a research project for ten weeks.
  • Attend a series of lectures providing an overview of modern neuroscience and the research 
    conducted at UVM.
  • Meet regularly as a group to discuss your projects and relevant scientific approaches.
  • Present your work in a small and informal symposium during the last week of the program and write a manuscript style report summarizing your project.

ACCEPTANCE REQUIREMENTS

  • GPA must be 3.0 or higher
  • Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate college or university within the United States.
  • Students of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. 
  • Research experience preferred, but not required.
  • Must be committed to the entire 10 week program.
  • US Citizen or Temporary US resident with VISA.

 APPLICATION PROCEDURE

APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER 2018 CLOSED ON JANUARY 10TH. NO LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Please check back this fall for details about SNURF 2019. 

PROCESS: The application is submitted electronically through an online form. Letters of Recommendation are required for finalists only, and will be requested by UVM via email based on the addresses provided on the application.

HOUSING

On campus housing is provided by the University of Vermont at no cost to participants. More info will be provided upon acceptance. 

QUESTIONS?

Have more questions? Please email the program coordinator, Bridget Brisson

WHY COME TO UVM FOR YOUR SUMMER RESEARCH EXPERIENCE IN NEUROSCIENCE?

Neuroscience research has long been a strength at the University of Vermont. In addition, our faculty members are as committed to being mentors as they are to practicing outstanding science. We work together with the faculty to match you to a lab based on your research interests. However, rather than simply scattering you to labs, we also organize group activities in order to encourage you and your fellow summer research students to get to know each other. You will gain confidence in research skills, scientific thinking, and neuroscience concepts. You will enrich the diversity that we embrace and the community that we culture as you grow personally and professionally in curiosity and independence. You will learn about careers in Neuroscience and the impact you can have on people’s lives. The proximity of this intimate, interactive campus to outdoor activities and beautiful surroundings supports a well-rounded lifestyle. Participants often make lasting friendships and connections that carry on as they pursue their education and career.

PARTICIPATING LABORATORIES

The Neuroscience Graduate Program at UVM has over 50 faculty who will serve as mentors. There is a wide range of exciting projects for the students, including the investigation into the function of nerve cell specific genes, the development and plasticity of neural circuits, the physiological function of select nerve cells, and studies of animal and human behavior. SNURF students have access to a rich array of individual mentor's facilities as well as many interdepartmental core facilities such an imaging core with multiple advanced microscopes, and a molecular core dedicated to the quantitative analysis of DNA, RNA and proteins. LEARN MORE

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PREVIOUS SNURF PARTICIPANTS 

Meet the 2017 Fellows

Meet the 2015 Fellows

Meet the 2014 Fellows

Meet the 2013 Fellows

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Applications are no longer being accepted for the Summer 2018 SNURF program.
Deadline was: January 10, 2018. 
NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Please check back this fall for details about SNURF 2019. 

If you have any questions about the SNURF program, please email us.

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