Undergraduate Opportunities


Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in Neuroscience (NSURE)

Undergraduate students are immersed in interdisciplinary, research-intensive experiences in the laboratories of neuroscience faculty from across the campus. Participants rotate through three different laboratories at the beginning of their summer program, with each rotation lasting one week. These rotations are designed to expose students to a variety of techniques and research questions in neuroscience. Beginning with the fourth week, students will enter their host lab where they will spend the remaining five weeks working under the guidance of their primary faculty mentor on an interdisciplinary project in collaboration with a second faculty member.

Throughout our summer program, participants are mentored by their assigned faculty/graduate student team. Students participate in several aspects of research from project design, data collection and analyses, to presentation and dissemination. In addition to this research focus, our program provides ample opportunities for participants to interact with faculty and students outside of their primary host laboratories. These include intellectual activities such as those that stimulate interdisciplinary discussions (seminars, journal clubs), training in transferable skills such as communicating scholarship and working in multidisciplinary teams, and social activities that build community and networks. 

Neuroscience Area of Emphasis

Students majoring in psychology or biology have the option of adding a neuroscience area of emphasis. Please contact either department for additional information or advising assistance.

UGA Future Scholars Program

The Neuroscience Program is partnering with the Graduate School for their annual Future Scholars Visitation Day 2020 to be held 11/02/20 via Zoom. This initiative is dedicated to recruiting top underrepresented and/or first-generation students to our program. However, space is limited. If you would like to nominate a candidate, please review the following criteria:

  • Eligible to apply for a graduate program for fall 2021
  • Have a cumulative 3.3 GPA or higher (on a 4.00 scale) as reflected on an unofficial transcript

Eligible candidates (or their nominators) should contact Abigail Butcher (abutcher@uga.edu) by 09/28/20 with the following materials:

  • Unofficial transcript
  • CV


  • Monday, September 28, 2020:  Application deadline.
  • Thursday, October 8, 2020:  Nominees will be notified of decisions.
  • Thursday, October 15, 2020:  Participants will need to confirm participation in the program via email to be sent to grecruit@uga.edu.
  • Friday, October 16, 2020:  All nominated students must have submitted their online application to the UGA Graduate School.


  • CV or resume
  • Unofficial transcript

Tentative Program Agenda

Extracurricular Opportunities

Neuroscience Seminar Series

Stay current on the latest research being conducted in neuroscience by attending our monthly seminar talks. Lectures are held every 1st Thursday of the month in the Coverdell Center, room 175. For more information, please see our schedule here and join our listserv (also to the right of the page).

The Undergraduate Neuroscience Organization (UNO)

The Undergraduate Neuroscience Organization (UNO) is a group of undergraduate students at the University of Georgia on the pursuit of knowledge through neuroscience. UNO strives to create a sense of fellowship and community among students at UGA who share a passion for learning about the mysteries of the brain. They provide opportunities for leadership and networking among students, and between students and faculty. Furthermore, they hope to create an association that strengthens the academic and professional needs of those pursuing medical school, graduate school, or other studies and careers in the sciences. By engaging in philanthropic projects, they aid neuroscience research and spread awareness about issues in neuroscience. Through spreading awareness, they help unlock the secrets of the brain and push back the frontiers of science to change lives everywhere.

Nu Rho Psi Honor Society

The mission of Nu Rho Psi is to:

  • Encourage professional interest and excellence in scholarship, particularly in Neuroscience
  • Award recognition to students who have achieved such excellence in scholarship
  • Advance the discipline of Neuroscience
  • Encourage intellectual and social interaction between students, faculty, and professionals in Neuroscience and related fields
  • Promote career development in Neuroscience and related fields
  • Increase public awareness of Neuroscience and its benefits for the individual and society
  • Encourage service to the community.

Nu Rho Psi membership provides recognition of verified academic excellence in the interdisciplinary field of neuroscience. Membership is by invitation and is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are making the study of Neuroscience one of their major interests and who meet the other academic qualifications. Students who become members of Nu Rho Psi are selected based on their superior scholarly accomplishments as well as their excellent work in the laboratory. For further details, please contact Dr. Jim Lauderdale.