How to apply to SPIN

We seek to train students traditionally under-represented in STEM careers, first-generation college students, students without extensive neuroscience research opportunities at their home institutions, and students with Ph.D. focused career aspirations.  

SPIN logo 1.5 inchIf you are an undergraduate student seeking neuroscience research experience to test whether graduate education and a career in research is a career path for you, we need to receive all materials through our website no later than February 15, 2020.

SPIN 2020 will run June 1st - July 24, 2020.  Participants must be present for the entire program.

All fields of the online application are required for consideration. 
Answers to our short answer questions are the most critical component for assessing your candidacy.  Take your time to fully answer each component.  It is rare that a quality or competitive answer is provided in only 1-2 sentences. That said, we do provide overall word restrictions.  Craft a clear, compelling, but concise response.

At least one but up to two letters of recommendation are required. You must supply us with the email address of those who will be recommending you in your initial application packet, please ensure accuracy of that email.  Letters must be confidential and submitted directly by your reference no later than the application deadline.  References should not be people who have a conflict of interest in recommending you (family, etc).  References should provide relevant information as to why SPIN would be important for your academic progression.  Applicants are the only ones who can guarantee a reference has been submitted, please follow up directly with your references and ensure we have their letter(s) via the website (only!) by the deadline.

Click here to start the application process.

Selection for SPIN

Selection for the SPIN program is a two step process.

  • Complete applications will be reviewed after February 15, 2020 by the UAB SOM Undergrad Summer Research admissions committee.
  • Finalists will be contacted by email.
  • Final offer letters will be emailed to participants and require a decision within 2 weeks.

Any applicant who has not heard from the program director by April 30th is encouraged to apply again next year. 

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