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Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Janelia Undergraduate Scholars

Our program gives undergraduates an opportunity to spend 10 weeks during the summer doing research as an intern in the lab of a mentor at Janelia Farm. The scholars are encouraged to attend weekly seminars and other events at Janelia. At the end of the session, each scholar will present their work at a symposium.

We want to identify some of the very best future scientists, engineers, and mathematicians interested in our areas of research at an early career stage. We expect this to enrich the students' intellectual development and to benefit research at Janelia.

Any matriculated undergraduate may apply.

Dates: June 7 - August 13, 2010
Students are required to spend a full 10 weeks at Janelia, but we can be flexible on the specific start and end dates to accommodate different universities' academic calendars. We provide accommodations in our housing village as well as meals in our on-campus dining facilities. There is also an allowance of $4,500 for the 10-week period. The program also supports the most economical travel to and from Janelia.

Students must apply via our web-based application system. Candidates must supply academic data, resumes, and name two individuals to supply letters of reference. We also ask candidates to specify the lab head they want to do research with at Janelia and propose a project. We will use these short research proposals as our main tool to decide between candidates. The following thirty four lab heads are recruiting students for the coming year (for more information please see their web pages at

Gwyneth Card

Eva Pastalkova

Application Deadline
Application dates for Summer 2010 are September 1, 2009 to February 15, 2010 at 2 p.m. ET.

We will not consider gender, race, ethnic origin, nationality, or religion in our admission decisions. The associate director for science and training at Janelia, in consultation with Janelia lab heads, will select students for the program. We will inform candidates if they have been accepted on or soon after March 1, 2010.

As a pilot experiment, four undergraduates worked in the labs of Janelia Farm lab heads, carrying out research in different areas of neuroscience. For more information see

Fourteen undergraduates participated. They were born in seven different countries and came to us from ten different. For more information see

This year's group of 16 summer scholars came from 15 colleges and universities across the United States and Europe, where they are studying fields such as chemical biology, biomedical engineering, physics, and computer science.

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