Undergraduate Neuroscience Program Summer Research Fellowships

The Neuroscience Program is proud to announce the establishment of the S.P. Ramesh Term Fellowship for Neuroscience Research and the Neuroscience Program Summer Fellowship for Research. Alumni donations have made it possible to offer Neuroscience majors only completing their sophomore or junior year the opportunity to conduct research in the laboratory of a Penn faculty member over the summer. This internship allows Neuroscience undergraduate students to focus solely on pursuing research over a 10-week period. Students may be continuing research for which they have previously received NRSC/BIBB research credit, or may continue their summer research for credit in the Fall semester.

Student participants will receive a $4000 stipend and will be expected to work full-time in the laboratory during the 10-week internship. As students will be expected to focus solely on their research, they may not be engaged in any other paid employment or internship during the 10-week internship period. Subject to faculty member's approval, students may enroll in one course per summer term, provided it does not interfere with the needs of the project. The exact dates that the student will work on their project will be determined in conjunction with the faculty member.

During the course of the summer, students will attend weekly research meetings with other undergraduate research students and will present their work at the end of the internship in an event open to the entire research community.

Students should contact prospective research advisors in the field of neuroscience well in advance of the application deadline, to develop a research proposal. Proposals should include the goal of the research, student responsibilities and research methods.

Supporting Neuroscience Summer Research Fellowships

A distinguishing feature of the Neuroscience major is the emphasis placed on encouraging students to become actively involved in hands-on, cutting-edge research, closely mentored by some of the most prominent scientists in the field.   

Each year more than 80 Neuroscience majors participate in research projects, many of which lead to the students co-authoring (with their faculty advisor) articles in top scientific journals.

While students generally work in their respective laboratories during the academic year, the summer months provide a unique opportunity for highly motivated students to dedicate 100 percent of their time and focus on their research. However for students with financial need, summer research may not be an option as it is unpaid in most cases. 

By supporting a Neuroscience Summer Research Fellowship, Penn alumni and friends make it possible for all Neuroscience majors, regardless of their financial circumstances, to dedicate themselves to full-time research during the crucial summer months leading up to their senior year. 

With a gift of $25,000 (payable over five years) donors may establish a named Summer Research Fellowship that will support one student per summer for three years.

A gift of $125,000 (payable over five years) will endow a named Summer Research Fellowship that will provide support for one student per summer into perpetuity.

Neuroscience Program Fund

With the passing of Dr. Norman Adler, the founding director of the Biological Basis of Behavior (BBB)/Neuroscience program, we are working together with his family to create a fund in his memory. Our goal is to raise sufficient funds to create an endowed fellowship for undergraduate research in his name. If you would like to contribute to this fund and learn more about Dr. Adler's astounding career and contributions to society, please click the following link  https://goo.gl/n32C8V#.V90v9AXHwnE.mailto