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.

1 – For the University of British Columbia (UBC), the USCRC will select 3 participants to participate in the Summer Internship for Indigenous students, consisting of initial tutorial on critical thinking, overview of searching, reading, and critiquing scientific literature, discussions on fundamentals and techniques in neuroscience, personalized discussions on research interests and potential target labs for conducting a hands-on internship, and journal club discussion of papers from those labs.

The  tutorial also includes hands-on instruction in basic lab techniques in molecular biology and imaging, as well as advanced techniques specific to target labs of interest if necessary.
Each intern is then introduced to their target lab for a hands-on internship.

Students will also be offered the opportunity to attend the 3-day CAN meeting in Toronto to broaden their exposure to neuroscience at the national and international level. At this meeting they will also meet with IBRO-funded undergraduate students from McGill University. 

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