The Research Project

How do you know whether you want a career in biomedical science if all you have ever done are boring experiments designed to work during a 2 hour lab course? That’s equivalent to thinking you can solve a murder liSPIN logo 10 with wordske they do on TV, it is not real world science. Real world science is a mess of complexity, frustration, troubleshooting, hypothesis failure, and long, hard hours in the lab until that amazing moment when YOU get the data and see something no one saw before. SPIN students will engage in intensive research laboratory experiences designed to immerse them into an active lab team for 10 weeks.

Under the supervision of a faculty member and lab staff, students will have the opportunity to learn the basic skills necessary to contribute to a research program. Students will participate in all aspects of both the intellectual and practical aspects of daily laboratory work. Students will be trained in research methods, perform protocols and data analysis, attend lab meetings, create written and oral presentations of their results at a research forum presented to the entire UAB research community.

Faculty Mentors

SPIN program mentors come from several UAB Departments with active neuroscience research.

Please investigate potential mentors of interest for your specific aspirations:
As host of the SPIN program, many mentors come from the Department of Neurobiology.
Other neuroscience mentors may be identified in following departments:
Department of Neurology
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
Department of Cell, Developmental, and Integrated Biology
UAB Comprehensive Neuroscience Center

The Professional Development Training

Beyond the lab, the process of graduate admissions is assumed to be intuitive but with increasing competition for placement into the best training programs, your application and interview are critical elements that need to be careful prepared.  SPIN students will learn about and prepare for the graduate admissions process including writing personal statements, letters of reference, and participating in mock interviews.

Acceptance is the first step on a multi-year journal to create new knowledge worthy of a Ph.D.  SPIN students will understand why graduate school is not "undergraduate 2.0".  Students will learn how to balance research progress with all of the other activities critical for graduate education including poster presentations, oral presentations, seminars, and journal club. 

Beyond research and professional development training, SPIN participants receive a stipend, UAB dorm housing, a food allowance, and at least partial coverage of travel to and from Birmingham. 
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For additional information contact:
Dr. Pozzo-Miller - SPIN program director
email: lucaspm@uab.edu

Jan Phillips - program administrator
email: jancphil@uab.edu
P: 205-934-2452
F: 205-975-7394

Mailing Address:

Department of Neurobiology
University of Alabama at Birmingham
1825 University Blvd., Shel 905
Birmingham, AL 35294-2182

The SPIN 2017 logo was designed by Katie Cook, UAB undergraduate majoring in Public Health.