Independent Undergraduate Research


Independent Research

Independent research experiences offer students a taste of laboratory research. Students have an opportunity to transform knowledge learned in the classroom into tangible skills and to experience science as an evolving truth. Under the supervision of Neuroscience faculty, students develop valuable scientific techniques and problem solving skills while learning to function independently in a laboratory setting.

Students can work in a laboratory setting through several mechanisms. Interested students should do online research and read faculty and lab web pages to get a sense of the kind of research being done on campus. They should then read recent articles from those labs they think they are most interested in. Inquiries for laboratory research can be made directly to faculty. Undergraduates pursuing a BS or honors in Neuroscience will be required to complete experimental research within a laboratory setting.

For more information on Neuroscience Research, visit the College Course Catalog.


Neuroscience Research Internship

A limited number of Neuroscience Research Internships are available for the summer of 2017. This opportunity is designed to allow first, second, and third year students majoring in Neuroscience the opportunity to try out research in a neuroscience laboratory. It is only through directly experiencing the joys and tribulations of the research process that students can discover their own affinity for and interest in laboratory work.

Students must work with a UChicago faculty member (= Principal Investigator or PI) to develop a project that is both important and feasible within the confines of this 10-week program. Once accepted, student interns are expected to work full-time in a Neuroscience laboratory on campus, toward completion of their proposed project. Interns must also participate in weekly meetings with Professor Peggy Mason, the Neuroscience Major Director. All students will be expected to present their work at a final evening symposium that is open to the public, including family and friends.

The 10-week program will began on Monday, June 19, 2017 and will conclude on Friday, August 25, 2017. Students may not register for any courses during this 10-week summer Fellowship. Students will receive a $4,000 stipend.

Application (due date: April 28th, 2017)

Applicants should submit their application through Handshake.

Applicants are also responsible for having their PI send a letter of support by April 28th, 2017 to Melinda Markert.