More About SPIN
Use the mentors list to obtain information about research interests of faculty or visit the mentor page.
The Research Project
The most important factors in selecting a project are enthusiasm for the project itself and for working with the mentor. Some of the techniques a student might learn include: cell culture, electrophoresis, chromatography, immunoassays, animal surgery, electrophysiology, neurochemical assays, and protein and nucleic acid molecular biology. SPIN is not "just a summer job;" a project should have significant intellectual and creative content.
Specific Program Goals
SPIN exposes its participants to the culture and issues of research: it is a "sneak preview" into a world that many students do not experience as undergraduates. SPIN offers hands-on research experience, and:
- Can help a student determine if he/she is truly interested in neuroscience research;
- Can help a student decide what field of research he/she would like to pursue;
- Can allow a student to have an insider's look at UAB (to which some students will apply for graduate or medical school);
- Can help a student become a more desirable candidate for graduate school and medical school search committees;
- Can help a student meet and interact with individuals attending other universities, perhaps leading to valuable long-term contacts;
- Can expose students to mentors who may have a strong impact on the student's future academic development;
- Allows students to work in a research area that could eventually become their thesis topic;
- Allows students exposure to all aspects of research, including planning experiments, managing their time, writing up their results, and presenting their work;
- Exposes participants to the ethical issues of research;
- Helps students understand the rights and responsibilities of individuals at different levels of seniority in the research environment; and,
- Gives students a chance to experience some of the diversity of the large field of neuroscience.
For additional information contact:
Department of Neurobiology
University of Alabama at Birmingham
1825 University Blvd., Shel 905
Birmingham, AL 35294-2182