SNIP Application Instructions

Applications are now being accepted for Summer 2023. The final deadline for submitting an application, with letters of recommendation, is EXTENDED TO JANUARY 21st, 2023. Acceptances will be made by March 1st, 2023.

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). Please label file “last Name-Transcripts
  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). Reference letters should be completed by faculty members of courses you have taken, labs you have worked in, or academic supervisors.
  3. Choice of up to three UF neuroscience mentors whose research aligns with your own interests (see list below).
  4. A copy of your resume or CV to upload. Please label file “last Name-Resume
  5. A one-page personal statement. Please label file “last Name-Personal Statement.
  6. Files can be uploaded 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 7 days to accept or decline the offer.

Applicants not accepted into the program will be notified by email by March 15th, 2023.

Applications are closed for 2023

If you have any questions, please reach out to

Potential SNIP 2023 Mentor Labs

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. Eduardo Candelario-Jalil Ischemic Stroke, Neuroinflammation, Matrix Metalloproteinases, Cerebral Ischemia, Neurovascular Injury
Dr. Yenisel Cruz-Almeida Chronic pain, Age-related pain perception and modulation in humans, Clinical neuroscience, Neuroimaging
Dr. Paramita Chakrabarty Role and spread of misfolded proteins in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases
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. Jeremy McIntyre Sensory systems, Neuronal cilia, Neuromodulation, G-protein Coupled Receptors, Addiction and motivation
Dr. Valerie Joers Contribution of cannabinoid receptors to the immune system and neurodegenerative diseases
Dr. Barry Setlow Cognition, motivation, and addiction, Drug abuse and decision-making
Dr. Karina Alvina  Neural mechanisms altered by stress and environmental factors such as dietary habits and exercise
Dr. Erica Dale The focus of our research is to elucidate mechanisms of neuroplasticity and to create therapeutic strategies for CNS repair.
Dr. Paola Giusti-Rodriguez Genetics of psychiatric illnesses and neurodevelopmental disorders
Dr. Nancy Padilla-Coreano Neural mechanisms of social competence.
Dr. Matt Sarkisian Understanding how aggressive tumors thrive in the brain and investigating novel approaches to treatment.
Dr. Alfonso Martin-Peña Tau spreading mechanisms from the periphery to brain nuclei involved in learning and memory.
Dr. Aaron Mickle Studying and developing tools to better understand the multifaceted nature of visceral pain conditions.
Dr. Matt LaVoie Using stem-cell derived neurons and glia to reveal molecular mechanisms underlying Parkinson’s disease
Dr. Mark Moehle Understanding the physiological, circuitry, and behavioral changes that cause the motor and non-motor symptoms of movement disorders.
Other Faculty With over 100 neuroscience related labs, there are many options for a summer iternship. If you would like to work with some not listed above please search this list and let us know in your personal statement.