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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
Other Neuroscience Research Training and Funding Opportunities
Frequently Asked Questions
Information for the Incoming Class of 2012

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 student internships is to provide students 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.

At the end of the summer, 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. 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

Alumni Reflect on Summer Research

How I Spent My Summer, by JT Stranix

Summer Research Experience, by Nathan Rowland

Summer Students at the NIH/NINDS, by Lucy Boyce Kennedy

My Summers at the NIH/NINDS, by Yixiao (Peter) Zou

2013 Exceptional Summer Student Award Winners

  • Aaron Artiles
    Determinants of the Alcohol Effect in Patients with Essential Tremor
  • Devin Bageac
    Differential Roles of Primary Motor Cortex and Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortext in Probabilistic Category Learning
  • Alexa Ciesinski
    Immune-Neuronal Interactions in the Olfactory Epithelium during Viral Clearance
  • Amauche Emenari
    Web-Based System for Labeling of 3D Electron Microscopy Connectome Data
  • Alina Esquenazi
    Investigating the plastic effects of repetitive paired associative stimulation (rPAS) in Dystonia
  • Katherine Eyring
    Characterization of high gamma cortical oscillations during L-dopa-induced dyskinesias in an animal model of Parkinson's disease
  • Samantha Frank
    MEG Source Localization: A comparison of multiple techniques to surgical seizure focus localization in patients with medical refractory epilepsy
  • Rogerio Huang
    A High-Throughput Genome-wide RNAi Screen Identifies Novel Modifiers of Survival Motor Neuron (SMN) Protein Levels
  • Rohan Katipally
    DTI Analysis of Cerebro-Ponto-Cerebellar Pathways in Pseudobulbar Affect
  • Hope Kean
    Binding of MAGUK family proteins to Neuroligin 1
  • Jaron Kee
    Impact of Current Direction on Short Latency Intracortical Facilitation (SICF)
  • Ochan Kwon
    Imaging Endogenous PSD-95 MAGUKs in Hippocampal Neurons
  • Winston Liu
    Quantifying spinal cord cross-sectional area in HTLV-1 associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis and multiple sclerosis
  • Adam Lowet
    Mutations in the Intracellular Cavity of Shaker K+ Channels Alter the Kinetics of N-type Inactivation
  • Breonna Mabry
    Establishing Neuropsychological Measures to Test Corpus Callosum Integrity in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis
  • Paras Minhas
    Examining Adult Neurogenesis and Interneuron Population in Dentate Gyrus lacking Glutamatergic Input
  • Arthur Morrissette
    Changes in Resting State Connectivity in Primary Lateral Sclerosis
  • David Nai
    Morphological Cerebellar Changes in a Case of Episodic Ataxia Type 4
  • Meredith Pasmantier
    Pseudobulbar affect in primary lateral sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Sara Patterson
    Effects of Musashi1 in Zebrafish Retinal Development: Disruption of UV Cone Mosaic and Electroretinographic Sensitivity
  • Katherine Pogrebniak
    Imaging the Cortical Myelination Pattern and Investigating its Correlation with Clinical Disability in Multiple Sclerosis
  • Preethi Reddy
    Overexpression of p25, truncated fragment of p35, Cdk5 activator causes AD like phenotypes in mice and are rescued by TFP5
  • Anup Regunathan
    Cellular Immunophenotyping of Cerebrospinal Fluid From Patients with Neurological Disorders
  • Anam Salman
    Electrical Impedance Myography: A Non-Invasive Technique to Assess Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Alexander Shaft
    Parietal Influence on Surround Inhibition in the Human Motor Cortex
  • Yan Sun
    Electrophysiological Recordings of Bovine Chromaffin Cells: The Relationship between Calcium Current and Kinetics of Endocytosis
  • Ryan Toledo
    Heart Rate Variability and Cortisol Diurnal Profiles in Psychogenic Movement Disorder Patients
  • Andrew Van
    Optimization of Post-Processing and Quantitation of 31P Chemical Shift Imaging Data
  • Monica Villegas
    Investigating the plastic effects of repetitive paired associative stimulation (rPAS) in Dystonia
  • Suzanne Xu
    The Effect of Microtubule Polyamination on Axonal Mitochondrial Transport
  • Ruicong Zhong
    Testing Synthetic Curcumin Analogs as Potential Treatments for Kennedy's Disease

 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 2012.

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
2011 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 August 28, 2014