REU Janelia Undergraduate Scholars
We seek a small number of well-prepared, committed and gifted students to join an intense and exciting research environment.
Janelia Undergraduate Scholars are among the very best future scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who are interested in exploring basic neuroscience, imaging technology, and related fields of research at Janelia. Since its inception in 2007, 90 students have participated in the summer program and 9 of them have gone on to join the Janelia Graduate Program.
Previous scholars have worked on a range of projects in Janelia labs, including helping to identify the neurons that control feeding behavior in fruit flies, designing better labeling molecules for use with sophisticated microscopy, recording from salamander retinal ganglion cells to learn about the motion tracking system, and developing computer programs for automated image analysis.
Our summer scholars have an opportunity to attend weekly seminars by Janelia researchers and visiting scientists. Each student will have an opportunity to present his or her work at two symposia open to the Janelia community and will also participate in a weekly journal club.
When not in the laboratory, summer scholars, who live on campus, enjoy a variety of social activities, including barbeques, a 4th of July outing to the Washington DC fireworks display, and other local events. Students plan their own social adventures, which in the past have included camping in nearby mountains, a night at the Washington Nationals ballgame, and a tubing trip down the Potomac River.
Janelia’s summer scholars program creates an outstanding research experience that serves to enrich the students’ intellectual development as well as a summer of fun and exciting exploration of Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and the surrounding area.
The application for the Janelia Undergraduate Scholars is now open. See link below!
Students are required to spend a full 10 weeks at Janelia, but Janelia can be flexible on the specific start and end dates to accommodate differing academic calendars at universities. The 2014 program will run from June to August. International students are eligible and visas will be supported.
Top candidates will be contacted by email to schedule a videoconference interview by the end of February. Once interviews have been completed, all applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application. These notifications will go out in the beginning of April by e-mail.
The application materials must include:
- College Transcript
- A resume or Curriculum Vitae
- A short essay on your research interests
- A short essay on your current and past research experience
- A statement on your career goals
- The names of two references who will submit a letter of recommendation.
Janelia does not consider gender, race, ethnic origin, nationality, or religion in its admission decisions.
Accommodations and Finances:
Students spend the summer living together in two interconnected townhouses located in the housing village on campus and are able to dine on-campus throughout their stay. All living expenses including housing, food and travel to and from Janelia Farm are covered by the program. Students also receive a stipend of $4,500 for the 10-week period. By the end of the summer, students have had abundant opportunities to learn, experience, imagine, and play along with Janelia scientists.