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Cognitive, Computational and Systems Neuroscience Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (C-SURE) at Washington University

Undergraduate students are invited to apply for fellowships to pursue research with a Washington University faculty member affiliated with the Cognitive, Computational and Systems Neuroscience (CCSN) pathway at Washington University.

CCSN is an exciting and fast-growing interdisciplinary field. It draws on psychology, neurobiology, and biomedical engineering. C-SURE fellows will complete a 10-week research experience during the summer, from June 1 to August 6, 2010. During that time fellows will spend most of their work time in the lab conducting research with another C-SURE fellow and a Washington University faculty member. Each C-SURE team will consist of one Washington University undergraduate student and one student from another college or university. Although the focus of your activities will be hands-on research, we also will conduct several focused enrichment activities. These will include:

     • The option of living in the Washington University research dorm with other students undertaking summer research.

    • Presentations on graduate school opportunities and career paths in CCSN.  

    • Research presentations by CCSN graduate students.  

To help expand the research experience beyond the summer, visiting students will return during the fall to present their research results at Washington University’s Undergraduate Research Symposium and/or one of the fall Midstates Research Symposia in St. Louis or Chicago.

Each C-SURE fellow will receive a stipend of $3750 and will be eligible for a reduced housing rate in the Summer Research Dorm. In addition, fellows who are not Washington University students will receive up to $1000 to defer travel expenses.

Applications are welcome from rising sophomores, juniors and seniors majoring in a discipline relevant to the broad goals of the CCSN program. Applicants should be currently enrolled either at Washington University, at a college or university that is a member of the Midstates Consortium for Math and Science, or at another partner institution. A list of Midstates member institutions can be found clicking on "Members" in the menu to the left.

Applicants may wish to identify particular mentors at Washington University with whom they would like to conduct research, although this is not required. Potential mentors can be found by consulting the list of Neuroscience faculty at Washington University: Applicants already affiliated with a CCSN lab are encouraged to apply.

Application instructions and materials can be found at The deadline for applications is February 26, 2010. Fellows will be announced in early April. Questions about the program or about applying can be addressed to Professor Dennis L. Barbour, 314-935-7548,


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