This USCRC-IBRO program addresss inequities in opportunities in science education and careers, by providing exposure to neuroscience research and career choices in neuroscience to undergraduate students from underrepresented groups in the US & Canada.

1In a partnership with the University of British Columbia (UBC) Centre for Brain Health, IBRO will fund 7 Canadian Indigenous undergraduate students to conduct 3-month summer research internships in neuroscience labs at UBC, UBC Okanagan, University of Victoria, and the University of Lethbridge. In addition to working in a host lab, this program will provide mentorship and tutorials on developing critical thinking skills, searching, reading, and critiquing scientific literature, and on fundamentals and techniques in neuroscience. Community building is central to this experience, with structured journal clubs and discussions between participating trainees, and opportunities for their interaction with and mentorship of K-12 Indigenous students.

2 – At McGill University, the program follows the successful 2021 IBRO Summer Studentship Program for Black undergraduate students and will support both black and indigenous students in 2022.

4 students will be selected based on their academic transcripts and an essay outlining their background, aspirations, and desire to explore opportunities in neuroscience. Students will be notified by mid-May 2022 with placement starting in June for a 12-week period.

In 2022, the BRaIN Program environment at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) will accommodate 4 summer studentships, and will provide access to:

  • Educational workshops organized by the BRaIN EDI committee.
  • McGill University-wide student networking luncheons.
  • Neuroscience Lunch & Learn Series.
  • BRaIN EDI committee mentors.
  • Attendance at  the annual Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN) meeting. 

3 – At Brown University, The Carney Institute plans to continue its collaboration with The Leadership Alliance to recruit undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups for a nine-week virtual summer research experience in computational brain science labs.

The 2 IBRO-USCRC selected students will participate in weekly journal clubs, research techniques discussions with faculty, research in-progress presentations from faculty mentors, and panels about life as a graduate student at Brown, organized by the Carney Institute.

As members of The Leadership Alliance cohort, they will also meet weekly as a group with a brain science graduate student mentor, write a two-page research proposal, and present a poster at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium at the end of the nine-week program. 

4 – At Harvard Med. School, the Summer Studentships for minorities seeks to engage scientific curiosity, create research opportunities, and promote academic success in mental health fields for promising young Black, Indigenous and underrepresented People Of Color (BIPOC) individuals interested in science.

This 10-week program will offer a top-notch research experience to these underrepresented groups, with the goal of encouraging BIPOC students to pursue neuroscience research as a career. This program will provide a hands-on research experience at a world-class institution (https://sites.google.com/view/kirby-neuro-edi) to those who may not otherwise have considered research as a career.

This intensive, 10-week, full-time research experience will involve three components: (1) Mentored research experience in a basic neuroscience laboratory; (2) Workshops to teach and promote strategies for scientific success; (3) Outreach and community engagement

For more information about any of these summer internships please contact Dr. Kurt Haas, Professor at UBC and co-chair of the US & Canada Regional Committee