Frequently Asked Questions

What opportunities will be available as part of the NEURON-Aging Program?

  • Up to two years of paid support for mentored research training in the laboratory of a primary investigator (PI).
  • Personalized career mentorship committee consisting of PI research mentor, NEURON-Aging faculty, and a near-peer graduate student mentor through graduation.
  • Formal seminar and meetings with leaders in brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease and related diseases (ADRD) research to enhance networking.
  • Support to attend 1-2 local conferences and one national conference a year to present research findings, network, and explore career opportunities.

What type of applicant is accepted to the program?

  • Stong applicants will be a first-or-second year undergraduate student who has a desire to pursue a career in the neurosciences after completion of their undergraduate degree.

What type of work will I be doing in the laboratory?

  • The work each student does varies greatly depending on the type of lab they are in and the expectations of their PI. Many of our current students are asked to read literature, work with data, learn lab techniques, assist with experiments, and more.

Applications are due October 27. What is the timeline after that?

  • The application committee will be inviting finalists to an interview in November
  • Decisions for placement will be made and accepted students will be contacted be the end of fall semester.
  • Students accepted to the program will begin working in the lab the second week of spring semester.

It says that participants will be paid for doing research. How much is the pay?

  • Students get a rate of $13 an hour for time spent working in the lab.

How many hours a week will I be expected to commit to the program if accepted?

  • Accepted students will work with their PIs on a schedule, but participants are expected to spend 10-15 hours a week on program related activities.