UVM Summer Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SNURF) Program

Date: 
05/27/2014 - 08/01/2014

Application deadline: February 1, 2014

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For more information please visit http://www.uvm.edu/~nbhspire/?Page=snurf.html.

The Program

The 2014 SNURF program at UVM runs from May 27 - August 1 and offers a stipend of $5,000, 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 or medical school.

As a fellow you will:

  • Join a lab (listed below) for ten weeks to work on a research project.
  • 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 articles.
  • Present your work in a small and informal symposium during the last week of the program and write a short summary paper of your studies.
  • Enjoy group outings to hike, swim, boat, and explore the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain.

Why come to UVM for your summer research experience in Neuroscience?

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 persist as they pursue their education and career.

Participating Laboratories

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.

To Apply

Students must currently be enrolled at any college or university in the US (includes US territories). Housing is provided but travel is the responsibility of the student.

To apply please submit the following to snurf@uvm.edu:

  • a completed application (download PDF or MSWord doc)
  • your resume/CV

Please note that the application will request that you list two references (names and contact information). References do not need to send letters at this time. We will contact them if need be.

Underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

If you have any questions about the summer fellowship program, please contact the Director, Felix Eckenstein, Ph.D.

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