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Summer Student Research Program

Summer Science Scholars of 2017

Burke Neurological Institute invites interested and qualified undergraduate students to apply to our Summer Student 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 Student 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:

  • Current enrollment in, and completion of at least one full academic year at, a U.S. college or university. 
  • Completion of an introductory biology course.
  • Although not required, preference will be given to students who have also completed one semester of bench laboratory classes or equivalent experience.
  • A cumulative 3.4 G.P.A. or better (unless special circumstances can be provided).
  • 2 letters of recommendation from faculty able to accurately judge the applicant’s abilities and motivations.
  • A transcript and resume in addition to the completed applicant form.

Application Process

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:

  • Undergraduate transcript (a student copy is acceptable)
  • Resume or C.V.
  • 2 Letters of recommendation (from faculty able to accurately judge the applicant’s abilities and motivations)


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:

  • Undergraduate transcript (a student copy is acceptable)
  • Resume or C.V.


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:
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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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Dianna Willis, Ph.D.

Summer Student Scholars

Class of 2017

Michael Ainsworth
Johns Hopkins University
Richard Chao
Fordham University
Antonella D’Ascanio
Boston College
Thomas Gagliardi
Union College
Samantha Gold
University of Pennsylvania
Wali Hairan
Connecticut College
Larissa Heron
Hunter College
Basil Mundackal
Siena College
Jordan Nathan
Fieldston High School
Charles Panzarella
Westlake High School
Matthew Ponticiello
SUNY Binghamton 
Mythili Pulavarthi
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Akaash Saraf
Edgemont High School
Alessandra Sauro
University of Rochester
Andrew Wallace-Jackson
Carelton College

Class of 2016

Amanda Bernstein
The City College of New York
Maria Lopez Cavestany
Stevens Institute of Technology
Bryan Chatterton
University of Connecticut
Toby Kashket
University of Rochester
Polin Petkova
Manhattanville College
Samuel Potash
Tulane University
Sydney Sherman
University of Texas at Dallas
Awarded First Place
Sarah Sylla
Wesleyan University

Class of 2015

Garren Angacian
John Hopkins University
Aaron Cherian
University of Maryland
Chris Costa
Fordham University
Sheryl Johnson
St. Bonaventure University
Max Levinson
Cornell University
Tanner Love
Williams College
Jessica Ochiogrosso
University of Rochester
Natcha Rummaneethorn
Manhattanville College
Awarded First Place
Kathleen Samuelson
Brown University
Joshua Santos
SUNY Purchase
Diana Shao
Fordham University

Class of 2014

Alexandra Agins
Fordham University
Jessica Berkowe
SUNY Purchase
Jackie Bucci
College of Charleston
Matthew Burrow
Western Connecticut State University
Loren Eustaquio
SUNY Purchase
Sarah Groover
Rogers State University
William Halimou
Oberlin University
Michael Mazzola
Cornell University
Awarded First Place
Briana Sabot
University of Rhode Island