Summer Research in Neurological Diseases or Drug Addiction


For many college students, especially those enrolled in small liberal arts colleges, opportunities to participate in laboratory research are limited. The Department of Neuroscience is committed to provide summer research opportunities to undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds from across the country, similar to those experiences we provide our own University of Minnesota students.

The Department of Neuroscience runs two nationally recognized programs of excellence in which we mentor students for ten weeks each summer. The program is supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) as well as the National Institute of Drug Abuse through their R25 programs.

Entering students get to choose between laboratory training in neurological disease or drug addiction. In addition to research, trainees learn about data presentation and preparation for graduate school. Our program is further supported by the Life Sciences Summer Undergrade Research Program sponsored by the Medical School. This is a 30+ year initiative that highlights the University of Minnesota’s long-standing commitment to provide undergraduates with effective professional training for careers in the biological sciences. Those attending the program are far more likely to matriculate in PhD or MD/PhD programs in comparison to their peers.

Recent achievements of participants include recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, multiple poster and oral presentation awards at the Society for Neuroscience Meeting and Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), plus additional national and international research opportunities.

For further information regarding our neuroscience program, including application information please see: