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

The University of Vermont is offering a fellowship program that runs from May 26 – July 31, 2020 and offers 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.

This NINDS supported program 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.



  • 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.


  • GPA must be 3.0 or higher
  • Must be currently enrolled at the University of Vermont.
  • 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.
  • Must be a rising Junior or Senior student.


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

The application deadline closed on February 15, 2020. No late applications will be accepted. Please check back next year!


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



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




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.


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.
CLICK HERE to learn more about our labs.

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The application deadline closed on February 15, 2020. No late applications will be accepted. Please check back next year!

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