Colors of the Brain - Kavli Institute of the Brain and Mind (CoB-KIBM) Scholars Program

Colors of the Brain, in collaboration with The Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind, have established a new summer undergraduate research program (CoB-KIBM Scholars) that will launch in Summer 2021. Our goals are to motivate, mentor and facilitate the transition of undergraduate students at UC San Diego that come from disadvantaged economic and social backgrounds, as well as students with disabilities, into Ph.D. programs with significant relevance to neuroscience. The CoB-KIBM Scholars Program consists of a paid ($5,000 stipend, housing included in this stipend), full-time research position across 10 weeks within a UC San Diego or Salk laboratory, along with mentorship and support for navigating academic research for the remainder of their undergraduate education. We highly encourage students with little or no research experience to apply.

Our selection process will consist of 3 phases:
1. Review of Written Statements: March 16th – March 29th, 2021
2. Interviews: March 30th – April 7th, 2021
3. Notification of Award: April 15th, 2021

We will select 5-10 students for in-person or virtual interviews. These interviews will serve as an opportunity for the Colors of the Brain graduate mentors to gain insight into applicants’ interests and commitment to a research career.

On April 15th, 2021, we will notify the 3 applicants that are chosen to be part of the inaugural CoB-KIBM Program. Selected applicants will have 2 weeks to accept the offer.

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Supplemental Questions
  1. CoB-KIBM Scholars prioritizes funding for students from one or more of the following groups: Racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences (Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders); Individuals with disabilities; and Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Please visit the NIH’s Interest in Diversity guidelines for more information ( To aid the review process, please address your membership to one or more of these groups below.
  2. Do you have any prior research experience (e.g. working in a lab as an undergraduate research assistant)?
  3. We hope to get a sense of what drives and motivates your passion for neuroscience research. To that end, writing about how your interest in the field developed can be insightful. In addition, please feel free to take this opportunity to discuss both the ups and downs of your path into scientific research or any perceived shortcomings in your application.
  4. Describe the type of neuroscience research you would like to pursue. As appropriate for you, contextualize these goals in terms of your past accomplishments, course work, life experience, and/or the environment at UC San Diego.
  5. Please describe how financial support from the CoB-KIBM Scholars program would significantly enhance your ability to participate in research.
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