STARTneuro is a National Institute of Health (NIH) funded program that trains and mentors diverse transfer students as they enter neuroscience research. Our program begins with a 10-week summer research training program to ramp students up on key neuroscience techniques and facilitates lab placements with faculty mentors during the school year. STARTneuro also provides ongoing mentorship and workshops to prepare students to apply for PhD programs.

STARTneuro offers students

  • A ten-week fully-funded summer research training program to teach you a wide range of fundamental techniques in neuroscience and introduce you to UC San Diego
  • Access to funded research experience in a lab during undergraduate study at UC San Diego
  • Community and mentorship with neuroscience PhD students and faculty at UC San Diego
  • Preparation and guidance for applying to PhD programs
  • Participation in networking events and national neuroscience conferences

STARTneuro is open to incoming UC San Diego transfer students who are interested in pursuing neuroscience research as a career path. There is no GPA requirement and you do not need prior research experience or neuroscience coursework to be eligible. Preference will be given to students who are matriculating into UC San Diego this Fall 2022.

STARTneuro is funded by the National Institutes of Health and shares its mission of diversifying the neuroscience workforce.We especially encourage applications from students who have been historically excluded from STEM research because of their ethnicity, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or socioeconomic status.

Key Dates
Summer program runs from 7/5/2022 to 9/2/2022

Check out our website to learn more about the program:

Applicants will be asked to provide a letter of recommendation and respond to the short essay questions listed below

Funding for 10-week summer program plus research funding over two years
Summer Research Program
Supplemental Questions
  1. Of all of your experiences related to science in the past, which one(s) did you find the most satisfying and why?
  2. When you think about doing neuroscience research, describe what do you imagine would be most rewarding.? For example, advancing our knowledge of the brain, helping patients, or understanding neurological disorders, or advancing our knowledge of the brain.
  3. Describe a time when you had to create something from scratch — what was surprisingly difficult? How did you address any unforeseen obstacles?
  4. Our program is funded by NIH ENDURE (, which is invested in increasing diversity in neuroscience careers and PhD paths. Obtaining a PhD after your college degree would empower you to conduct exciting neuroscience research and open doors to other careers (see this video for more information: How interested are you in this path?
  5. If you selected "Other" for the previous question, please specify here:
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