Opportunities

Beckman Scholar Program

Up to three students will be named as 2021-2022 Beckman Scholars. Beckman Scholars will pursue their independent research project under the auspices of an approved full-time faculty Mentor. Each Beckman Scholar will receive support to carry out research during one academic year (2021-2022) and two summers (ten weeks each in the summers of 2021 and 2022):

First Summer – $6,800
Academic Year – $4,600
Second Summer – $6,800

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Science blobs

MARC Scholar Program

The Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) training program is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The goals of the program are to provide participants an extended opportunity to be engaged in science inquiry in order to increase the number of scientists from a diverse background.

This two-year program offers an extraordinary opportunity for students seeking careers in biomedical research. The scholar will benefit from hands-on research experience, a well-supported mentoring structure, and an immersive educational program. Participants will be guided by faculty mentors who are active in biomedical science research.

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Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

The NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates site in the Physiology and Neurobiology department at the University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT) offers paid summer research opportunities in the areas of renal and muscle physiology; developmental neurobiology, synaptic plasticity and neural circuits; and other areas in molecular and cell biology, microbiology and immunology. Interested students, especially underrepresented minorities, veterans, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities from institutions with limited research opportunities are encouraged to apply.

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Learning by Experiencing and Applying Principles (LEAP)

The LEAP program is a two-year program that is designed to provide early biology students (PNB, EEB, MCB) a unique experience to maximize their academic potentials. Early research experience and community building have shown to improve students’ academic success.  Each participant will receive specialized faculty mentoring and be exposed to research training starting at a freshman level. The faculty involved will help you to hone your academic skills, build a community with research faculty and other participants, and increase research readiness.  Diversity of thought, perspective, and approach is essential to the success of a field and a country. Therefore, we would like to offer this program to students with a diverse background and who are interested in pursuing research careers in biomedical sciences.

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UCONN Nu Rho Psi

UCONN Nu Rho Psi is the University of Connecticut chapter of Nu Rho Psi, the National Honor Society in Neuroscience. The goal of UCONN Nu Rho Psi is to recognize those who excel in the academic field of neuroscience in addition to encourage the discipline of neuroscience throughout the UCONN community. Those who meet certain academic requirements are eligible to become lifetime members of Nu Rho Psi and have access to internships, scholarships, grants, and other awards.

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Cynthia and Beatrice Swol Scholarship in Physiology and Neurobiology

The PNB Department will award a qualified applicant who meet the eligibility criteria listed below. Awards will be up to $2,500 / year, and for juniors they are renewable for a second year contingent upon satisfactory performance.

Eligibility:

1. Enrolled full time as a major in Physiology and Neurobiology
2. Must be a junior or senior and must have been a student at the Storrs campus for at least two semesters
3. Must be a first generation college student in the family
4. Demonstrate a desire to pursue an advanced degree in biological sciences or medicine

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Deligeorges Family Scholarship in Bioengineering

The Deligeorges Family Scholarship is a gift of the Deligeorges family of Waterford, CT, to undergraduate students who have a significant interest in Bioengineering related research. This year, the PNB Department anticipates awarding scholarships of up to $2,000 each.

Students from Physiology and Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering, Molecular and Cell Biology or related departments with an interest in Bioengineering are encouraged to apply. Applicants may major in any discipline buy they must be participating in, or be planning to participate in bioengineering related research.

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