APPLICATION OVERVIEW

Please be advised that the NSURE program is specifically for PhD-intended students interested in non-clinical neuroscience research. If you are MD-intended and/or exclusively interested in clinical psychology, your application may not be considered. Thank you.

STEP 1 - DETERMINE YOUR ELIGIBILITY

There is no minimum GPA required to participate in NSURE. All undergraduates are eligible, provided you are:

 

  1. returning to an undergraduate program in the subsequent fall. Graduates are ineligible.
  2. a US citizen or permanent resident.

STEP 2 - UNDERSTAND THE PROGRAM COMMITMENTS

By applying, you agree to the following responsibilities:

 

    1. Make a full-time commitment to the NSURE Program and to their research project. Employment outside of the NSURE Program is not allowed. You need to spend 40 hours per week in a research lab for the whole duration of the program: (tentatively) 05/23/22-07/22/22Application deadline and program dates updated as of 11/24/21.
  1. Present research project and findings at the end-of-program research symposiums. 
  2. Be a responsible and conscientious visiting scholar. Conduct that infringes upon the rights of others to an orderly living environment or that poses danger to self or others is not acceptable under any circumstances.
  3. Adhere to all UGA policies and Georgia state laws.
  4. Do not take any classes during the NSURE summer session, as it will conflict with your research commitments.

STEP 3 – IDENTIFY 3 POTENTIAL MENTORS

Successful applicants are those who can clearly articulate how their research interests intersect with those of the NSURE program faculty. We recommend reviewing our PROGRAM FACULTY page, and also any mentor’s lab page, to learn all you can about their research focus to determine suitability.

STEP 4 – PREPARE A SHORT STATEMENT

The application includes the following questions. Please prepare your answers accordingly. 

 

  • What are your reason(s) for pursuing this program? (300 word max)
  • What are your research interests? (Please list 3)
  • Please identify three members of PROGRAM FACULTY that most closely align with your stated scholarly interests.

 

NOTE: The statement, along with your letters of recommendation, are weighted the most heavily by the admissions committee. They are looking for candidates who clearly articulate their research interests, lab experience (if any), and how such experience may intersect with the NSURE program.

 

If you find yourself short on lab experience, don’t worry. Draw upon any applicable experience (personal/volunteer/professional/leadership commitments, etc.) that speaks to your passion for neuroscience.

STEP 5 – WRITE A CV or RESUME

STEP 6 – SUBMIT ALL UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS

Please make sure that this document is not digitally “protected” in some way. This prohibits our ability to effectively distribute it to our admissions committee.

STEP 7 – SECURE 2 LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

2 letters of recommendation letters are required.

 

The criteria for an appropriate reference is the following: This person (1) works in the sciences in a professional and/or academic capacity AND (2) can speak authoritatively on your potential to meet the demands of a research lab environment, i.e., this program.

 

If you don’t have 2 references that meet that criteria, ask a professor who knows you well and can also speak to aptitude and potential for tackle challenging tasks. If you are unsure if your reference is suitable, contact the NSURE coordinator.

 

DEADLINE: ALL LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION ARE DUE JAN 21. 

 

**Applicants: please ask your recommenders send letters directly to nsure@uga.edu.**

STEP 8 – SUBMIT THE NSURE APPLICATION BY JAN 21

Application deadline and program dates updated as of 11/24/21.

  1. Ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements (citizenship, graduation status, and that the program is in proper alignment with your professional interests long-term, i.e., you are NOT intending on pursuing clinic research or applying to medical school after graduation)
  2. Verify that all the contact information is correct (your own and your references).
  3. Confirm that your references have submitted their letters of recommendation. Your application and letters are due Jan. 21, 2022.

 

IMPORTANT! Please follow the above instructions. If we are unable to review your application materials because they were not compiled into the right format (PDF) or we are unable to contact you or your references because you failed to carefully enter their contact information, you risk having your application discarded. Incomplete applications are not considered.