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 28 – August 2, 2019 hosted by the UF Department of Neuroscience, a constituent department of the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute and the College of Medicine.  We accept applications from college students 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 $400 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).

SNIP is jointly directed by Drs. Sara Burke, Abbi Hernandez, Sarah Johnson, Jeremy McIntyre and Joseph McQuail. Ms. Elizabeth Fisher is the Program Coordinator. You may contact our program by sending an email to

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 and beyond including graduate school admissions, scientific writing, public speaking, professional networking and postdoctoral training.

At the conclusion of the program, all SNIP interns 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. Jennifer Bizon Aging, Memory, Executive Function, Plasticity
Dr. Sara Burke Aging, Entorhinal Cortex, Hippocampus, Memory, Neurophysiology, Perirhinal Cortex
Dr. Martha Campbell-Thompson Beta-cell regeneration for Type 1 Diabetes, Neuromodulation of beta-cell function, Islet inflammation, In vivo imaging, 2D and 3D imaging, Analysis of beta-cell mass
Dr. Eduardo Candelario-Jalil Ischemic Stroke, Neuroinflammation, Blood-Brain Barrier, Matrix Metalloproteinases, Cerebral Ischemia, Neurovascular Injury
Dr. Paramita Chakrabarty Neuroinflammation, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Amyloid β, APP, Tau, Synuclein, Cytokine, Selective Neurodegeneration, Innate Immune Response, Microglia
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. Andrew Maurer Aging, Entorhinal Cortex, Hippocampus, Memory, Neurophysiology, Perirhinal Cortex
Dr. Nikolaus McFarland Parkinson disease and related disorders, Neurodegeneration, Atypical Parkinsonisms (Parkinson-plus syndromes)
Dr. Jeremy McIntyre Sensory systems, Neuronal cilia, Neuromodulation, G-protein Coupled Receptors, Addiction and motivation
Dr. Lucia Notterpek Peripheral neuropathies, Schwann cells, Myelin, Demyelinating disorders, Autophagy, Chaperones
Dr. Kevin Otto
Neural engineering, Device-tissue interfaces and neurostimulation
Dr. Leah Reznikov Neural-Airway Interface, Asthma, Cystic fibrosis, Sensory neuron communication
Dr. Barry Setlow Cognition, motivation, and addiction, Drug abuse and decision-making
Dr. Kevin Wang Neuro-proteomics, CNS Injury, Neurodegeneration, Substance abuse research (methamphetamine, MDMA, nath salts), Protein post-translational modification (proteases / protein kinases), Biomarkers discovery and assay development, Diagnostics, Therapeutic development, Theranostics
Dr. Adam Woods Cognitive Aging, Non-invasive brain stimulation, Brain imaging, Magnetic resonance spectroscopy, Human electrophysiology

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 March 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. Names of up to 3 UF neuroscientists who’s research aligns with your own interests (a complete listing of neuroscience faculty can be found here)
  4. A personal statement that describes relevant prior experiences, current scientific interests, and future educational and professional goals

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 email at

2019 Neuromedicine Seminars

2019 Summer Neuromedicine Seminar Schedule