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Undergraduate Research Program
From 2014 through 2019, the Summer Undergraduate Research Program awarded highly talented undergraduate students with fellowships to perform early-career, hands-on engagement in cutting edge neuroscience research. Research opportunities focused on schizophrenia and related disorders and were primarily translational in approach; that is, the research approach began with clinical observations about the disease process that were converted into hypotheses that were tested in the more tractable conditions of the laboratory in order to guide the development of novel therapeutic interventions.

In summary, the Undergraduate Research Program Fellowship offered:

Early involvement in guided independent research
Personal career counseling with highly successful clinical and basic neuroscientists
Ongoing engagement in a longitudinal program of research
Peer group training in the skills needed for a successful research career
Exposure to the clinical challenges of schizophrenia that motivate translational research

Fellows began the program during the summer following the freshman or sophomore year with a full-time, 10-week research experience supported by a stipend. Over the course of the summer, each fellow worked under the mentorship of one of the Center’s accomplished clinical or basic neuroscientists to develop a longitudinal, independent research project. Fellows were given the opportunity to continue throughout the course of the undergraduate years with a series of educational and career counseling experiences, clinical exposure activities, and professional mentorship, in addition to intensive, ongoing engagement in the student’s research project. Over the course of the past six years, the Undergraduate Research Program prepared talented students (including many from ethnic, educational, or economic backgrounds that are typically under-represented in the field of scientific research) for doctoral training leading to a career in mental health research.

The Program will conclude in March 2020 when this NIMH Silvio O. Conte Center for Translational Mental Health Research (CTMHR) funding ends. New applications are not being accepted at this time.

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Silvio O. Conte Center for Translational Mental Health Research
Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (MH103204)

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