Summer Neuroscience Internship Program


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What is SNIP?

The Summer Neuroscience Internship Program aims to support college students from diverse backgrounds who seek to pursue doctoral (Ph.D.) training in neuroscience and prepare for rewarding careers in biomedical research, education and enterprise. Pursuant to this goal, our interns join active neuroscience research labs at the University of Florida (UF), one of the largest and most productive research universities in the United States, while also receiving highly personalized guidance on graduate school admissions, professional development and career planning.

SNIP is a 10-week paid research internship from May 26th – August 1st, 2020 hosted by the UF Department of Neuroscience, and the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute. We accept applications from college students outside of the University of Florida, studying at US-based institutions who are not already accepted into postgraduate programs. Our interns have represented colleges and universities from all regions of the continental United States and Puerto Rico. All students interested in a neuroscience research career, and especially women and groups that remain disproportionately under-represented in the sciences, are encouraged to apply.

All interns are offered housing and paid a stipend of $440 per week. Though previous research training is not required, applicants should show strong evidence of coursework in a relevant discipline (for example: psychology, biology, engineering, chemistry, pharmacology, genetics). Preference is given towards students who have completed their junior year.

Current UF Undergraduates: For the 2020 internship year, we will accept 4 current UF undergraduates. Students will be provided the $440/wk stipend and participation in all SNIP programs, but not housing. If already involved in research on campus, students can request to continue their project in their current lab as long as their PI provides a letter stating they will support 50% of the stipend.

SNIP is directed by Dr. Jeremy McIntyre, and assisted by Dr. Sara Burke. Ms. Joanne Ruman is the Program Coordinator. You may contact our program by sending an email to JoAnne Ruman @

What is the SNIP experience?

First and foremost, all SNIP interns are mentored by an experienced neuroscientist and assigned a research project in their mentor’s lab. SNIP interns are expected to conduct themselves as full-fledged members of their lab, carrying out research and other lab duties during regular business hours and also as required by specific experiments.

SNIP interns attend a weekly neuromedicine seminar series that highlights research conducted by postdoctoral scientists and junior faculty from labs that span the full spectrum of neuroscience research.

SNIP interns also attend a weekly, professional development workshop that covers topics that will prepare students for successful training experiences in graduate school including applying to graduate school admissions, scientific writing, public speaking, and professional networking.

At the conclusion of the program, all SNIP interns will present their findings at the SNIP Research Poster Day.

Throughout the summer, we also organize informal socials and activities to promote interactions among SNIP interns and with other summer research students as well as encourage participation in neuroscience related outreach activities.

2019 SNIP Mentor Labs


Mentor Name

Research Topics

Dr. Jose Abisambra Tauopathies, Head Injury, Alzheimer’s disease, Molecular Mechanisms of Learning & Memory, Unfolded Protein Response
Dr. Karina Alvina Early life stress and regulation of synapses in the hippocampus. Exercise as counteracting mechanism for stress-induced changes in brain function.
Dr. Jennifer Bizon Aging, Memory, Executive Function, Plasticity
Dr. Argyle Bumanglag Experimental GABA neuron dysfunction and its effects on epileptogenesis across the lifespan.
Dr. Sara Burke Aging, Entorhinal Cortex, Hippocampus, Memory, Neurophysiology, Perirhinal Cortex
Dr. Eduardo Candelario-Jalil Ischemic Stroke, Neuroinflammation, Blood-Brain Barrier, Matrix Metalloproteinases, Cerebral Ischemia, Neurovascular Injury
Dr. Paramita Chakrabarty Understanding the role of immune activation in dementias, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and tauopathies
Dr. Yenisel Cruz-Almeida Chronic pain, Age-related pain perception and modulation in humans, Clinical neuroscience, Neuroimaging
Dr. Marcelo Febo  Imaging psychostimulant-induced functional and structural changes in the rodent brain
Dr. Catherine Flores Brain Tumor, Immunotherapy
Dr. Valrie Joers Neurodegeneration and Parkinson’s disease, understanding the mechanisms that regulate inflammation through CB2 to promote the healthy synergy of the immune system and the brain.
Dr. Andrew Maurer  Aging, Entorhinal Cortex, Hippocampus, Memory, Neurophysiology, Perirhinal Cortex
Dr. Jeremy McIntyre  Sensory systems, Neuronal cilia, Neuromodulation, G-protein Coupled Receptors, Addiction and motivation
Dr. Aaron Mickie The goal of our lab is to study and develop tools, to better understand the role sensory and motor circuits play in visceral pathophysiology and pain.
Dr. Lucia Notterpek  Peripheral neuropathies, Schwann cells, Myelin, Demyelinating disorders, Autophagy, Chaperones
Dr. Leah Reznikov Research interests centered on the interface of the nervous system and the airway.
Dr. Barry Setlow Cognition, motivation, and addiction, Drug abuse and decision-making
Dr. Steven Weisberg Cognitive function and spatial navigation

How to Apply

Applications for the following summer are accepted no sooner than December 1. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so early submission is strongly encouraged. Applications that are not completed by February 15 will not be considered.

To complete the application you will need:
1. Copies of academic transcripts from each college or university that you have attended (merged into a single PDF)
2. Names and contact information (telephone and email address) of two referees who will submit letters of recommendation on your behalf (it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that both letters are submitted as early as possible and before the final deadline)
3. Choice of up to 3 UF neuroscience mentors who’s research aligns with your own interests (see above list)
4. A one-page personal statement to upload in .doc, .docx or .pdf format

We will contact applicants who meet preliminary selection criteria by email to arrange a phone interview with members of the SNIP selection committee. Interviewees will elaborate upon their research interests and career goals, ask questions about the program and training environment at UF and discuss potential mentored research projects. The interview is not a guarantee of acceptance into the program. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the program by email and this notification will also contain information about the faculty mentor. Applicants have 14 days to accept or decline the offer.
Applicants not accepted into the program will be notified by email no later than April 15.

If you have any questions, please contact us by emailing


2020 Neuromedicine Seminars

2020 Summer Neuromedicine Seminar Schedule