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"Great doors have opened up for me because of the BRAIN Program...BRAIN was the best thing that could have ever happened to me."

 

"I am having a fantastic senior year, due to the wonderful research experience I had in the BRAIN Program...As I will be graduating in the spring, I am beginning to plan for my post-graduate career. I am currently interested in attending graduate school for neuroscience, but I would like to take 1-2 years off beforehand and hope to find work as a research assistant in order to refine my specific research interests and to gain more lab experience."

   

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The BRAIN Program will not be offered in 2014, except as the first phase of Atlanta NET/work, a two-year research internship for local students.

The BRAIN Program for students from across the USA who are interested in neuroscience is taking a hiatus in summer 2014. Due to a lack of funding to recruit nationally for summer 2014, the BRAIN Program will be taking an additional year to continue to seek long-term program support. We encourage bright and motivated undergraduate neuroscientists to seek other summer research opportunities, perhaps searching at the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) website: http://www.funfaculty.org/drupal/undergrad_internships_neuroscience

Our graduate programs at CBN member institutions are vibrant, and encourage applications from college seniors.

If you are a sophomore undergraduate from Georgia State University, Emory University, Agnes Scott College, or Spelman College, then you may be eligible for Atlanta's NET/work Program, which is ongoing. Please read about the Atlanta NET/work Program: click here for more details

If you seek neuroscience research in Atlanta specifically, please contact faculty researchers directly and/or check back for news about BRAIN in summer 2015.

If you are an Atlanta-based research mentor (PI, with independent funding for summer undergraduates) or an Atlanta-based undergraduate researcher (with independent funding for summer 2014), please contact Kyle Frantz (kfrantz@gsu.edu) for information about participating in a basic neuroscience "crash course" and a series of professional development workshops in summer 2014.

 

Behavioral Research Advancements in Neuroscience (BRAIN) - Basic Information

Behavioral Research Advancements in Neuroscience has been the hallmark program of the undergraduate education arm of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN), a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center. The program consists of a 10-week summer research and education experience. BRAIN grows naturally from the scientific and education missions of CBN's member institutions, which are committed to increasing student interest in behavioral neuroscience and, ultimately, in the pursuit of research and other science careers (e.g. science policy, science education, and science journalism).

Students accepted into the BRAIN program were randomly placed into one of two program formats. One format called "LeftBRAIN" is a similar to a professional program for practicing scientists offered at Woods Hole, Cold Spring Harbor, or Friday Harbor, in which BRAIN Fellows work in a single lab facility with a rotating team of outstanding instructors to develop skills using various research techniques such as behavior analysis, pharmacology, electrophysiology, and/or molecular biology. The other format called "RightBRAIN" is an individual lab format, in which Fellows work with individual Mentors to join ongoing research projects using techniques available in the Mentors’ labs. Both program formats conclude with a poster presentation describing a research mini-grant proposal you prepared (LeftBRAIN) or the research project you joined (RightBRAIN) at a BRAIN Research Symposium.

See the NET/work page for the 2014 Timeline

TENTATIVE Dates for Program Applicants:2015 and beyond

  • Program dates: If new funding is found, BRAIN will resume in May of 2015
  • Application available online: Usually in early November
  • Application deadline: Usually in mid January
  • Applicants will be notified of status (invited, waitlisted, declined) usually in mid March; the waiting list usually remains open through April.

Important Notice: Students accepted into the program are placed in one of two program formats: LeftBRAIN or RightBRAIN. Details about LeftBRAIN and RightBRAIN follow:

Program Formats:

  • The LeftBRAIN format is similar to a professional program for practicing scientists offered at Woods Hole, Cold Spring Harbor, or Friday Harbor, in which BRAIN Fellows work in a single lab facility with a rotating team of outstanding instructors to develop skills using various research techniques such as behavior analysis, histology, pharmacology, electrophysiology, and molecular biology.
  • The RightBRAIN format is a traditional lab rotation format, in which Fellows work with individual Mentors to join ongoing research projects using techniques available in the Mentors' labs.

Program Benefits

  • An intensive, first-class research experience in the biomedical or behavioral sciences
  • Mentoring from eminent scientists at Georgia State University, Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia Institute of Technology, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, and Morehouse College
  • Weekly seminars on special topics to prepare students for success in research programs
  • The skills necessary for the successful pursuit of a doctorate degree
  • The BRAIN program provides students with a $3,000 stipend and housing on either Georgia State University or Emory University's campus. Students are, however, responsible for the majority of meals, gas (if they rent or drive a car while in Atlanta), and their travel costs to and from Atlanta.

Eligibility Criteria: Although no students will be accepted in 2014, these criteria will be used when the program resumes:

  • Enrollment as a full-time student in a 2- or 4-year US institution for BRAIN; enrollment at Georgia State University, Emory University, Spelman College, or Agnes Scott College for NET/work.
  • Previous BRAIN participants are ineligible to apply.
  • Minimum B/C grade point average in science coursework; overall GPA of 2.7 or higher. (Exceptions to the GPA requirements may be made for those students who have had previous research experience and/or a strong sense of future goals).
  • Students may not be enrolled in any summer courses or hold a job during the duration of the BRAIN program.
  • Must be able to attend the entire BRAIN Summer Program

Contact Us:

(The only way to reach us is via email. Phone calls will not be returned)

Kyle Frantz, Ph.D.

kfrantz@gsu.edu

For technical questions concerning the BRAIN application:

Rob Poh

rpoh@gsu.edu

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