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.