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Summer Science Scholars Program

Summer Science 2019

A Summer Program for Undergraduates

Burke Neurological Institute (BNI) invites undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in biomedical sciences the opportunity to work first-hand on cutting-edge medical research projects through our Summer Science Scholars Program.

Selected participants will be involved in conducting a laboratory based research project related to the repair and restoration of the brain and spine to help those living with chronic neurological issues caused by strokes, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Throughout the summer program, students will have considerable direct interaction with their faculty mentors and staff across the Institute.

Each week, students will attend both introductory and professional level research seminars. A weekly summer seminar series given by our faculty is designed to engage students in discussions about specific topics in neurobiology and neurorehabilitation as well as career development in biomedical research. The Institute also hosts a weekly seminar series presented by invited international leaders in field of neurobiology and neurorehabilitation.

In the final week, our Summer Science Scholars Program culminates in an annual scientific poster session with presentations by each student’s summer project. Faculty, board members, alumni, family members, friends, and community members of the Institute are invited to attend the poster session to congratulate the students achievements and discoveries fulfilled during the summer program.

2022 Dates & Details

The Summer Science Scholars Program is a 10-week program that will run from June 6 through August 12, 2022. 

Application deadline March 6, 2022.

Acceptance into the program requires student availability and participation for the entirety of the program duration.

Participating students will receive a stipend of $3,000 that begins July 1st.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for participation. During onboarding prior to the first day of the program a full health screening will be required.


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.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for participation. During onboarding prior to the first day of the program a full health screening will be required.

How to Apply

A completed application and required documents must be submitted by the application deadline March 6, 2022.

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 evaluate your abilities and motivations)


Select three research labs that you would like to study under and that best match your interest. See list of lab/faculty.


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 evaluate your abilities and motivations. Gather an email address for each faulty/professor. You will need to input each email addresses into your online application. After your application has been submitted an email with instructions will be automatically sent to your selected faculty/professors. Remember to follow up with the faculty/professors you have listed. Inform them to look for the email with the subject line BNI Summer Science Application – Letter of Recommendation.

To complete your application two letters of recommendation must be submitted by the application deadline March 6, 2022. 

You will receive an email confirmation after each 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.


Previewing the online application and prepare short answers about your experience.
PDF icon bni-summer-science-application-2022.pdf


The online application for Summer 2022 is now closed.

Students with incomplete applications will not be considered.

Students will be notified the week of March 21, 2022 of their acceptance in this program.

All interested applicants are welcome to contact the program coordinator with any questions regarding this process.

Summer Science Scholars

Class of 2022

Sara Albert
Cornell University
Nova Chen
Brown University
Grace Hansen
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Sophia Kaplan
Amherst College
Aymane Lachhab
College of Wooster
Rita Lin
University of Michigan- Ann Arbor
Thomas Montgomery
Colby College
Samantha Vleck
College of the Holy Cross
Abraham Zuraw
Amherst College

Class of 2019

Reina Ashizawa
Tufts University
Lisa Brontesi
Boston University
Lydia Currie
University of Rochester
Jeromy DiGiacomo
Williams College
Mohamed El-Abtah
Raghavee Neupane
Miami University
Dillon Noone
Wesleyan University
Anya Wang
University of Chicago 

Class of 2018

Amanda Bache
University of Buffalo
Emma Burns
Duke University
Bissem Gill
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Meenu Johnkutty
Stony Brook Univeristy
Joseph Lee
University of Notre Dame
Amith Punyala
Cornell University
Marwa Soliman
Manhattanville College
Regan Steed
Columbia University
Brittany Zaita
Fordham University 

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
Matthew Ponticiello
SUNY Binghamton 
Mythili Pulavarthi
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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