Neuroscience Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Program Description

The NSURP program for undergraduate research in neuroscience at the University of Texas Medical Branch on the beautiful island of Galveston, Texas provides undergraduate students the opportunity for cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research in the area of neuroscience. One of the program goals is to promote the success of women and underrepresented minorities in science.

In order to capitalize on our nation’s intellectual potential and develop viable treatments to debilitating neurological diseases and conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Traumatic Brain Injury, and understand the mechanisms of addiction and pain, we need to train a new generation of scholars in neuroscience who can creatively approach problems in a variety of ways. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, you will learn biomedical neuroscience research skills related to cell and molecular biology, translational sciences, toxicology, infectious disease research, stem cells, and tissue engineering, just to name a few! You will also become familiar with techniques like cell culturing, isolation of stem cells, immunoassays, animal surgery, mass spectroscopy, and electrophysiology.

Benefits of NSURP:

  • Hands-on research experience
  • Poster session at end of program
  • Scientific seminars and journal clubs
  • Competitive stipend ($4,000)
  • Assistance with preparing for graduate school
  • Meet students from across the country

Eligible Students

If you are a college student (for citizens or permanent residents only) contemplating graduate studies in the biomedical sciences, you are eligible to apply. Selection will be based on your completed application, an unofficial transcript from your undergraduate institution(s), interest in research training, and two letters of recommendation from faculty members. Funding includes a stipend, and we help arrange and supplement your housing costs. Applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups are particularly encouraged and welcome.

Application opens mid- October 2024 (Pending Funding)

  • NSURP Application Open
  • Application Deadline is February 3, 2025
  • Deadline for supporting materials is February 17, 2025
  • Program dates June 5, 2025 through August 8, 2025

For more information please contact:

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Dr. Andres Oberhauser
Department of Neurobiology
5.212A Research Building 17
Route: 1069 | Tel: (409) 772-1309 | Fax: (409) 747-2187 |

Carmen Duplan
Administrative Manager
Neuroscience Graduate Program
Department of Neurobiology
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77555
MRB 2.102, Route 1069
(409) 772-2124