Undergraduate students take part in a 9-week interdisciplinary, research-immersive experiences in neuroscience laboratories across the UGA campus. Participants begin the program by completing a one-week intensive training in lab basics, safety, and biomedical ethics. Beginning in the second week, students enter their host lab where they spend the remaining eight weeks working under the guidance of their primary faculty mentor on an interdisciplinary project in collaboration with a second faculty member.
Throughout our summer program, participants are mentored by their assigned faculty/graduate student team. Students participate in several aspects of research from project design, data collection and analyses, to presentation and dissemination. In addition to this research focus, our program provides ample opportunities for participants to interact with faculty and students outside of their primary host laboratories. These include intellectual activities such as those that stimulate interdisciplinary discussions (laboratory meetings and journal clubs), training in transferable skills such as communicating scholarship and working in multidisciplinary teams, and social activities that build community and networks.