SNIP Application Instructions

Applications are now closed for summer 2022 and our admissions committee is now in the process of reviewing and scheduling zoom interviews. Admission decisions will be made around the middle of March

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 who’s 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 no later than April 15, 2022.

If you have any questions, please reach out to


Tentative SNIP 2022 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. Marcelo Febo Imaging psychostimulant-induced functional and structural changes in the rodent brain
Dr. Argyle Bumanglang Understanding brain pathology contribution to neuronal excitability and neurological conditions
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. Paramita Chakrabarty Role and spread of misfolded proteins in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases
Dr. Todd Golde Development of novel therapeutics for Alzheimer’s disease
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. Yona Levites Validating protein clearance as an effective therapeutic strategy in Alzheimer’s disease
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.