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 1 through August 7, 2020. 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 6, 2020.
Students will be notified the week of March 23, 2020 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 6, 2020. 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:
We are no longer accepting applications for 2020.
Students with incomplete applications will not be considered.
All interested applicants are welcome to contact the program coordinator with any questions regarding this process.
Poster Title: Observing Proportional Recovery in Mouse Models of Stroke
Mentors: Mustafa Balkaya, Ph.D.
Academic Institution/Year: Tufts University, Class of 2021
Poster Title: Establishing an In Vivo Model of Adult Human Neurogenesis
Mentors: Gary Gibson, Ph.D.; Huanlian Chen, M.S.
Academic Institution/Year: Boston University, Class of 2021
Poster Title: Impact of Therapeutic Brain Stimulation on Upper Limb Training in Unilateral Cerebral Palsy
Mentors: Kathleen Friel, Ph.D.; Claudio Ferre, Ph.D.
Academic Institution/Year: University of Rochester, Class of 2020
Poster Title: Specification of Bulbar-Cervical Corticospinal Projections
Mentors: Payal Patel, M.S.; Julia Kaiser, Ph.D.; Vibhu Sahni, Ph.D.
Academic Institution/Year: Williams College, Class of 2020
Poster Title: Anatomical and Functional Analysis of vGlut-Cre Interneurons
Mentors: Natasha Koppel, Ph.D.; Yutaka Yoshida, Ph.D.
Academic Institution/Year: Harvard, Class of 2021
Poster Title: Kinematic Assessment of Upper Limb Movements in Patients with Ataxia
Mentors: Tomoko Kitago, M.D.; Stuart Mackenzie, Ph.D.
Academic Institution/Year: Miami University, Class of 2021
Poster Title: 3D Visualization to Evaluate Regenerative Responses of Sensory Neurons
Mentors: Edmund Hollis II, Ph.D.; Juan Sebastián Jara, Ph.D.
Academic Institution/Year: Wesleyan University, Class of 2020
Poster Title: Zeb2 Transcription Factor Contributes to Stroke-Induced Scar Formation
Mentors: Il-doo Kim, Ph.D.; Sunghee Cho, Ph.D.; John Cave, Ph.D.
Academic Institution/Year: University of Chicago, Class of 2022
Poster Title: Pericyte Polarity is Dependent on Location Along the Retinal Vasculature
Mentors: Botir Sagdullaev, Ph.D.; Elena Ivanova, Ph.D.; Paola Bianchimano, Ph.D.
Academic Institution/Year: White Plains High School, Class of 2021
Poster Title: The Effect of Ferroptotic Inhibitors on Cell Death Induced by Sodium Arsenite Formed Stress Granules
Mentors: Nandini Kundu, Ph.D.; Rajiv Ratan, M.D., Ph.D.
Academic Institution/Year: Irvington High School, Class of 2021
Poster Title: KDM4C, A Histone Demethylase, As a Primary Target In Neuroprotection Against Ferroptotic Cell Death
Mentors: Amit Kumar, Ph.D.; Rajiv Ratan, M.D., Ph.D.
Academic Institution/Year: Edgemont High School, Class of 2020
Poster Title: EphA4 cKO Promotes Recovery after CST Injury
Mentors: Edmund Hollis II, Ph.D.; Nadjat Serradj, Ph.D.
Academic Institution/Year: Georgetown University, Class of 2022
Poster Title: Improving Curveball: Making Vision Measurement Fast and Reliable
Mentors: Jeremy Hill, D. Phil.; Scott Mooney, Ph.D.; Glen Prusky, Ph.D.
Academic Institution/Year: Tenafly High School, Class of 2021