Undergraduate Summer Research Internships in Neuroscience

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Program dates: June 4 – August 12, 2017
Application deadline: January 30, 2017

CBMM offers an intensive 10-week summer research internship, in collaboration with the MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences (MIT BCS), for advanced undergraduates from institutions with limited research opportunities to introduce women, students from underrepresented minority groups, first-generation college students, students with disabilities, and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to the fields of computational and cognitive neuroscience. The ultimate goal of this summer program is to provide students with a strong research experience in preparation for graduate school and to encourage them to pursue a career in brain science. Students will be assigned to a faculty mentor, conduct supervised graduate level research, attend seminars, a GRE prep course, and present their summer research. Participants will also have many opportunities to meet with faculty in various areas of neuroscience. The number of internships available is limited. Students accepted into the program will receive a competitive stipend, on-campus housing, and travel allowances.

Program eligibility and application

MIT undergraduates are not eligible for this program. If you are an MIT undergrad, see the UROP Program website. Students studying abroad are not eligible. Graduate students are not eligible. Only current undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors and non-graduating seniors) studying full-time in the US are eligible for this summer program, NO EXCEPTIONS. Foreign students are not eligible UNLESS they are enrolled full-time at a minority-serving institution in the US. Students interested in engineering and other disciplines unrelated to biology, neuroscience or the brain should not apply to this program.

Applicants must:

  • be full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an institution in the U.S.
  • be current sophomores or juniors who have successfully completed introductory courses in the sciences
  • maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA in the science courses
  • have prior research experience
  • have demonstrated an interest in basic research and in a career in the sciences
  • have some knowledge of programming is preferable (C++, MATLAB, or Python)
  • Preferable major: Math, Physics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Neuroscience, Psychology, Cognitive Science

APPLY HERE - The application will be automatically turned off on January 30 at 5:00 PM. Late submissions will not be accepted. Therefore do not wait until January 30 to submit your application. A complete application consists of:

  • The completed on-line application form
  • Three letters of reference from science faculty (at least one letter must be from a research mentor or lab supervisor. Please note that applicants must submit a letter of reference from their most recent research experiences.)
  • Most updated college transcripts (official transcripts will be required once applicants are admitted into the summer program) 
  • A one-page personal statement of interest and career goals