Burke Neurological Institute invites interested and qualified undergraduate students to apply to our Summer Science Research Program. The purpose of this program is to give undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in biomedical sciences the opportunity to conduct cutting edge research. Participants will be part of a laboratory research project related to neural repair and rehabilitation. Summer research scholars will have considerable direct interaction with their faculty mentors and the Burke staff.
Program participants also attend both introductory and professional level research seminars. Burke Neurological Institute hosts a weekly seminar series given by international leaders in neurobiology and neurorehabilitation. The summer program also holds a weekly summer seminar series given by Burke faculty that is designed to engage students in discussions about specific topics in neurobiology and neurorehabilitation as well as career development in biomedical research.
The Summer Science Research Program is a 10-week program that will run from June 4, 2018 through August 10, 2018. Acceptance into the program requires student availability and participation for the entirety of the program duration. Trainees will receive a stipend of $3,000 that begins July 1st. Housing and transportation are not provided and are the responsibility of each trainee.
Students participating in the program are expected to meet the following minimum criteria:
A completed application and required documents must be submitted by the application deadline March 9, 2018.
Students will be notified the week of March 23, 2018 of their acceptance in this program.
A completed online application includes the following required documents:
Identify specific research labs that match your interest. Select your top three choices for lab/faculty in which you are interested. See list of faculty mentors below.
Collect and gather the following documents in either a MS Word or PDF file format to upload to your application:
Select two faculty/professors that are able to accurately judge your abilities and motivations. Gather an email address for each faulty/professor. You will input each email addresses into your online application. Once your application has been submitted an email with a link and instructions on how to submit a letter of recommendation using an online form will be automatically sent to your selected faculty/professors. Follow up with the faculty/professors you have listed as a referee to let them know to look for the email with the subject “BNI Summer Science Application – Letter of Recommendation”.
To complete your application two letters of recommendation must be submitted by the application deadline March 9, 2018. You will receive an email confirmation after the faculty/professor has submitted a letter of recommendation. If you do not receive an email confirmation in a timely manner, please follow up once again to remind your faculty/professors to submit a letter of recommendation.
Prepare your written statements by previewing the online application:
Applications for 2018 are no longer being accepted.
Students with incomplete applications will not be considered.
All interested applicants are welcome to contact the program coordinator with any questions regarding this process.
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Mentors: Mohammed Hisham, Ph.D., Edmund R. Hollis II, Ph.D., Yue Li, Ph.D.
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