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 psychology-driven neuroscience, your application will 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 May XX – July XX, 2020.
  2. Present research project and findings at the end-of-program research symposiums. 
  3. 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.
  4. Adhere to all UGA policies and Georgia state laws.
  5. Not register for any classes during the NSURE summer session, as it would conflict with your research experience.

STEP 3 – FIND A PROJECT AND A MENTOR (if you meet eligibility requirements)

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

STEP 4 – WRITE A STATEMENT OF INTEREST

Compose a 500 word essay on the following prompt:

Describe your research interests, professional aspirations, and why the NSURE Program would be a good fit for you.

NOTE: The essay, along with your letters of recommendation, are weighted the most heavily by the admissions committee (see evaluation rubric). Therefore, spend time on your essay. They are looking for candidates who clearly articulate their research interests, lab experience (if any), and how such experience intersects with the NSURE program. The committee is trying to determine if NSURE is not only a beneficial experience in the immediate for an applicant, but something that will serve as catalyst for a future career in biomedical science.

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

For assistance in composing your statement of interest, the following resources may be helpful:

  1. Our “How to Prepare a Successful NSURE Application” page
  2. Examples of successful NSURE statements (forthcoming)
  3. Visit your school’s writing center
  4. Ask your recommenders to look over your statement

STEP 5 – WRITE A PERSONAL STATEMENT (optional)

Compose a 300 word (max) essay on the following:

NSURE is specifically designed to increase diversity in neuroscience. This means that we take a holistic approach to evaluating applications. Therefore, if you need to take the opportunity to speak directly to how your particular life experiences led you to pursue this program, we encourage you to do so.

This essay can also be used to explain things like a low GPA or any other documented academic hardship.

Again, this essay is optional and not required for NSURE.

STEP 6 – WRITE A CV or RESUME

For assistance, the following resources may be helpful:

  1. Review our tips on submitting a successful application (forthcoming)
  2. Examples of successful NSURE CVs and resumes (forthcoming)
  3. Visit your school’s writing center
  4. Ask your recommenders to look over your CV or resume

STEP 7 – GET AN UNOFFICIAL COPY OF ALL 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 8 – SECURE TWO REFERENCES

Arrange to have two letters of recommendation emailed to NSURE@uga.edu. The applicant’s name (your name) should be indicated in the subject line of the email. Letters are due February 15.

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 two references that meet that criteria, ask a professor who knows you pretty well and can speak to aptitude and potential for tackle challenging tasks. If you are unsure if your reference is suitable, contact the NSURE coordinator. They would be happy to assist.

STEP 9 – SUBMIT THE NSURE APPLICATION BY FEB 15

The application (with the exception of the essay and CV/resume) takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. Be mindful of the following before submitting your application:

  1. Make sure that all the contact information is correct (your own and your references).
  2. Compile your application materials electronically into a SINGLE PDF. They must be organized in the following order: (1) essay/s, (2) CV/resume, and (3) unofficial transcript. This bundled PDF must be titled, Last name, First name_20xx NSURE.

 

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 accepted.