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Summer Program in the Neurological Sciences and Other Neuroscience Research Training and Funding Opportunities


If you need assistance please contact Dr. Rita Devine or Mary Kiganda.

From the Director
About the Program
Links to Information About the Students
Links to Information About Career Symposium Speakers
Other Neuroscience Research Training and Funding Opportunities
Frequently Asked Questions
Information for the Incoming Class of 2015

Clinical and Basic Neuroscience Labs
Neuroscience at NIH
Investigators with Opportunities for Students
Other Summer Opportunities

Contact Information for Dr. Rita Devine
35 Convent Drive
Building 35, Room GF-352
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone - 301-594-9562
Fax - 301-480-9685
Email - ninds-sip@ninds.nih.gov

Contact Information for Mary Kiganda
35 Convent Drive
Building 35, Room GF-130
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone - 301-435-7945
Fax - 301-496-4276
Email - ninds-sip@ninds.nih.gov
 

From the Director

It is my pleasure to welcome you to this web site on the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke's Summer Program in the Neurological Sciences, a student research training program in brain and nervous system research. As one of 27 Institutes and Centers comprising the National Institutes of Health, NINDS has occupied a central position in the world of neuroscience for over 50 years. Our mission is to perform neuroscience research in order to reduce the burden borne by every age group, by every segment of society, and by people all over the world. To this end, the Institute supports and conducts research on the healthy and diseased brain, spinal cord, muscle, and peripheral nerves. 

Hundreds of disorders afflict the nervous system. Common killers and disablers such as stroke, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, autism, and muscular dystrophy are well known. Other disorders we study may be known only to the patients and families affected, their doctors, and scientists who look to rare disorders for help in understanding the brain as well as treating more common diseases.

This is a time of accelerating progress and increasing hope in the battle against brain disease. Advances in understanding the nervous system are beginning to pay off in the form of treatments for previously intractable problems including spinal cord injury, acute stroke, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease. We are fortunate to have this first-rate research training program in the neurosciences which gives students the chance to learn and participate in hands-on clinical and basic neuroscience research with the hope that they will pursue careers in this burgeoning field.

Today's students are tomorrow's scientific investigators, conducting cutting-edge biomedical research that will lead to new ideas, theories, hypotheses, and treatments to help improve the health of the Nation.

Story C. Landis, Ph.D.
Director, NINDS

About the Program 

The Summer Program in the Neurological Sciences offers a unique opportunity for academically talented high school, undergraduate, graduate, and medical students to receive first-rate training in neuroscience research. Students get hands-on experience working with leading scientists in the Institute's Division of Intramural Research, the "in-house" research component of the NINDS. NINDS Labs are located in Bethesda, Rockville and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

The NINDS purpose in awarding internships to qualified students is to provide student with a highly stimulating and rewarding summer research experience, with a view towards encouraging students to pursue advanced education and training in the biomedical sciences and future careers in scientific investigation, particularly basic and clinical research in the neurological sciences. Summer research training is designed to supplement and give practical meaning to students' academic course work. At the same time, students will make a valuable contribution to the NINDS research mission. Speakers that present during the Career Symposium inspires the students to pursue a career in Science while also giving them ideas on the various paths available within these fields. Several of the Career Symposium are Summer Internship Alumni.

At the conclusion of the Summer Program, students participate in the NIH Summer Research Program Poster Day. Poster Day gives students the opportunity to present their summer research before the NIH scientific community. From a pool of participants nominated by their Mentors as Exceptional Summer Students, judges anonymously vote for the Exceptional Summer Student Award Winners. Award winners are recognized during an Award Ceremony and some winners present their work during the Ceremony. Students also participate in meetings and seminars in their individual laboratories. In addition, students attend formal lectures and symposia dealing with the newest advances in health research.

Links to Information About the Students 

What's New at NINDS

NINDS Exceptional Summer Student Award Winners

Students SIP Experience

Alumni Reflect on Summer Research

Frequently Asked Questions 

For general questions, please visit: https://www.training.nih.gov/resources/faqs/summer_interns

What are Some Key Features of the Program?
 

  • Training and conducting cutting-edge clinical and basic research which will include career mentoring from leading neuroscience investigators;
  • Learning new technology, scientific investigation skills, gaining experience in presenting scientific results, learning ethics in biomedical research and the use of information technology for biomedical research;
  • Attending formal lectures and symposia dealing with the newest advances in health research;
  • Participating in the NIH's Annual Research Poster Day for Summer Students, a scientific exhibition that allows students an opportunity to discuss their research projects informally with peers and members of the NIH scientific community;
  • Obtaining key credentials that will help when competing for graduate school, medical school, predoc and postdoc fellowships, and tenure-track positions;
  • Networking and exchanging information and ideas with other NIH research trainees and investigators; and
  • Participating in journal clubs, lab seminars, and meetings in individual research labs.

Information for the Incoming Class 

This web site provides links to key information for students selected for the Class of 2015.

Neuroscience at the NIH
Clinical Trials at NIH
Director's Seminar Series
National Library of Medicine
Neurobiology Interest Group
NIH Intramural Research News
NIH Library Online
NIH Research Training Opportunities
Online Journals
Science Education at the NIH
Wednesday Afternoon Lectures
Laboratory Safety Training
2014 NIH Summer Research Program Handbook (PDF)
Guidelines for Conduct of Research

Please send comments, suggestions or questions about this web site to Mary Kiganda.

Last updated November 17, 2014