This eight-week summer program enables undergraduates to jumpstart their Graduation with Distinction senior theses by working one-on-one with faculty mentors. The full program is open only to rising juniors and seniors who are declared Neuroscience majors.
Students work on individual projects with their mentors to gather more information for research independent study (RIS) projects that will be done throughout the fall and spring semesters.
Full-time participants receive a $3,000 stipend. Mentors receive $1,000 toward their discretionary fund. Part-time participation is also an option; students may elect to take one summer school course during term I or II and receive a stipend of $1,500 (mentors receive $500).
The program runs during the summer each year. Students apply in December (at the end of the fall semester preceding the summer program) and receive notifications in February. The Summer Neuroscience Program is offered through the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS) and is part of the Bass Connections Brain & Society theme.
Throughout the program, all full- and part-time participants attend weekly professional development seminars organized by DIBS, followed by a group lunch that continues the conversations. Part-time participants who are also taking summer courses are not required to come to these seminars if their class schedules conflict. In addition, students participating in project teams sponsored by the Brain & Society theme attend the weekly seminars and lunch, which makes for an engaging and enlightening interdisciplinary experience for all.