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Neurological Surgery Summer Student Program

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Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

The Neurological Surgery NIH Summer Student Program provides 'Bench to Bedside' exposure to students seeking summer lab placements to explore basic and clinical neurosciences. Our hope is that students will be so excited by their work that they will desire to pursue an academic career in research and/or medicine. Our mission is to recruit and educate a wide spectrum of students from diverse backgrounds, including those under-represented in STEM field. We aim to broaden their knowledge base in the field of biomedical research, including translational, clinical, and basic research. The program seeks to inspire students to pursue a career in research, medicine, or allied fields, especially in the neurosciences.

Participation includes:

-$3200 stipend for students.

-Eight-week lab placement in one of our neuroscience labs: *Weekly Neurological Surgery Grand Rounds lectures *Weekly Neurological Surgery Resident Education Hour discussions *Weekly neuroscience faculty lectures, specifically developed for the students *Neurological surgery OR observations *Neurological surgery clinical observations *Student capstone presentation. To date, 143 rising freshmen and college undergraduate students aged 18 and older from 80 different schools from across the U.S. have participated in the program.


*Joined 17 different laboratories and engaged with more than 20 faculty *Attended over 140 unique Neurological Surgery Grand Rounds presentations *Observed over 500 surgical procedures and clinical shadowing opportunities *Followed 20 different attending neurological surgeons at three different UW affiliated hospitals *Participated in 84 weekly student group presentations by 24 different faculty members. Over 20 students from our earlier classes have now been accepted into medical school and other clinical training programs. Many students just entering college have gone on to neuroscience or pre-med studies.

High school seniors or recent high school graduates are welcome to apply if they are 18 years of age or older.

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Washington (Lead)
Seattle Children's Research Institute

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This program is funded by:
National Institute of Health (NIH)

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