The Undergraduate Research Program awards highly talented undergraduate students with fellowships to perform early-career, hands-on engagement in cutting edge neuroscience research. Research opportunities focus on schizophrenia and related disorders and are primarily translational in approach; that is, the research approach begins with clinical observations about the disease process that are converted into hypotheses that can be tested in the more tractable conditions of the laboratory in order to guide the development of novel therapeutic interventions.
In summary, the Undergraduate Research Program Fellowship offers:
Early involvement in guided independent research
Fellows begin the program during the summer following the freshman or sophomore year with a full-time, 10-week research experience supported by a $4,000 stipend. Over the course of the summer, each fellow works under the mentorship of one of the Center’s accomplished clinical or basic neuroscientists to develop a longitudinal, independent research project. The fellowship extends throughout the course of the undergraduate years and includes a series of educational and career counseling experiences, clinical exposure activities, and professional mentorship, in addition to intensive, ongoing engagement in the student’s research project. Students who participate in the summer research program after their freshman or sophomore years may be eligible for an additional research stipend during the following academic year. The overall aim of the Undergraduate Research Program is to prepare talented students for doctoral training leading to a career in mental health research. Students from ethnic, educational, or economic backgrounds that are typically under-represented in the field of scientific research are especially encouraged to apply.
Personal career counseling with highly successful clinical and basic neuroscientists
Ongoing engagement in a longitudinal program of research
Peer group training in the skills needed for a successful research career
Exposure to the clinical challenges of schizophrenia that motivate translational research
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