The BRAIN Program will not be offered in 2013, 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 2013. This coming summer, we do not have ample funding for the program to accept as many students as in past years, and so we are taking at least one year to analyze program outcomes and decide on the program's future. 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
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 2014.
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 2013), please contact Kyle Frantz (email@example.com) for information about participating in a basic neuroscience "crash course" and a series of professional development workshops in summer 2013.
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 2013 Timeline
TENTATIVE Dates for Program Applicants: 2014 and beyond
- Program dates: If new funding is found, BRAIN will resume in May of 2014
- 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:
- 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.
- 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 Stat 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 2013, 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
(The only way to reach us is via email. Phone calls will not be returned)
Kyle Frantz, Ph.D.
For technical questions concerning the BRAIN application:
BRAIN 2012 FAQs
BRAIN 2012 Poster
BRAIN Photo Montage
BRAIN Qualitative Assessment Poster
BRAIN Quantitative Assessment Poster