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Summer Transfer Ahead into Research Training in Neuroscience (STARTneuro)

About STARTneuro

The STARTneuro program is a competitive program that trains, mentors, and funds diverse transfer students as they enter neuroscience research.

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Eligibility and Application

Applications for the STARTneuro program are not open yet for 2022. Check out the eligibility requirements.

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Startneuro offers students

fully-funded summer research training program

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

Research Experience

Access to research experience in a lab during undergraduate study at UC San Diego

Community and mentorship

Community and mentorship with neuroscience PhD students and faculty at UC San Diego

Preparation and guidance

Preparation and guidance for applying to PhD programs

Neuroscience in San Diego

Neuroscience research seeks to understand how our nervous systems do the seemingly effortless work of taking in the world around us and enabling us to move, think, and make decisions.

Simply speaking, neuroscience is the study of the nervous system. Since its early days,  neuroscience has been tasked with understanding how neurons and glia develop, function, and communicate. These days, neuroscientists use a variety of tools to understand the endless nuts and bolts of how nervous systems are built so that we can ultimately apply this knowledge to understand when the system works differently than usual. This type of research is continuously helping us to unravel the mechanisms of depression, Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, and more. 

Here at UC San Diego and our neighboring institutions, neuroscience research takes a variety of forms. Some laboratories are working to understand which brain areas, neural circuits, cell types, and genes are involved in learning and memory. Other laboratories are focused on understanding the impact of drug addiction on brain function and decision-making.With multiple research institutes and a high density of neuroscience labs, San Diego is a vibrant place for neuroscience research.