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 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: 05/18/20-07/17/20 (tentative).
  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 PROGRAM FACULTY page, and also any mentor’s lab page, to learn all you can about their research focus to determine suitability.

STEP 4 – WRITE A RESEARCH STATEMENT

Compose an essay (up to one-page) on the following prompt:

Describe your research interests, professional aspirations, and which available faculty members you wish to work with. You must identify 3-4 professors in your essay.

NOTE: The essay, 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 intersects with the NSURE program. The committee is trying to determine if NSURE is not only a beneficial experience in the immediate, but also 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. Visit your school’s writing center
  3. Ask your recommenders to look over your statement

STEP 5 – WRITE A PERSONAL STATEMENT

Compose an essay (up to one-page) on the following:

NSURE takes a holistic approach to evaluating applications. Therefore, please tell us about yourself and how the program would benefit you. What do you hope to gain from this experience? A portion of this essay can also be used to explain things like a low GPA or any other documented academic hardship.

STEP 6 – WRITE A 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 – SUBMIT 2-3 REFERENCES

2-3 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 2-3 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.

STEP 9 – SUBMIT THE NSURE APPLICATION BY FEB 15

The application (with the exception of the essays 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) essays, (2) CV/resume, letters of recommendation, and (3) unofficial transcript. This bundled PDF must be titled, Last name, First name_2020 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 considered.