Banner Research and ASU’s Biodesign Institute announce neuroscience scholars summer program

Banner Research and ASU’s Biodesign Institute announce neuroscience scholars summer program

January 8, 2018

January 8, 2018

If understanding the inner workings of the brain is on your mind, now is the time to explore the Banner-ASU Neuroscience Scholars program. Top-achieving college undergraduate and graduate science students are eligible to apply for the paid eight-week scholars program, from now until March 1.

Students selected for the program will work side-by-side with some of the world’s most talented scientists, clinicians and researchers in an environment devoted to neuroscientific biomedical research and clinical care.

“Young people bring enormous curiosity and ideas to science and technology. Banner and Biodesign are working to unlock the medical and scientific mysteries of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. Our investment to support ambitious students will only help accelerate our work,” said Joshua LaBaer, executive director of the Biodesign Institute.

As part of the program, students will work full-time on a research project under the mentorship of a Banner Research or ASU-Biodesign scientist in professional laboratory settings.

Students will have the opportunity to select a focus on one of four tracks, including basic and translational neuroscience; computational image analysis; healthy aging research; and brain and body donation. Each research track is correlated to a participating training facility.

Savannah Farley, an ASU senior in the 2016 program said, “The very first day, I was working with human brain tissues. Soon, I was examining tissue slices to locate the antibody under study. It was satisfying to do replication completely on my own.”

Rohan Tripathi, a graduate of Mountain Ridge High School, examined differences in episodic memory using behavioral and EEG data. He spent most of his time deciphering data from participants who wore EEG caps to test brain activity.

“Here, I got to see real science,” said Tripathi. “My mentors have helped me better understand the world.”

“Advancing the research education and training of great students, introducing them to talented researchers, and engaging them in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders: what could be better than that?” said Eric Reiman, who is executive director, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and co-director, ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center at the ASU Biodesign Institute.

Students will receive hands-on training, attend educational seminars, learn about career options, practice scientific writing, attend social networking events, and create a scientific poster to showcase project outcomes and present their research at concluding symposium.

Banner started the program 15 years ago. Since then, 210 students have donned lab coats for a summer of science. Subsequently, 94 percent of interns have pursued degrees in science or medicine. Biodesign entered the partnership two years ago.

Scholars are expected to commit 35 to 40 hours per week to the program. A stipend of $125 per week for a total of $1,000 will be provided upon successful completion of the program. The overall aim is to give scholars cutting-edge experience in biomedical and clinical research.

Past participants have gone on to achieve success and shared impressive accomplishments, including scientific abstract and manuscript publications, earning top national student rankings, gaining acceptance into first-rate graduate and medical schools and receiving national awards and scholarships.

There is community demand to expand the program to accommodate more students in the science labs. During last year’s program, more than 400 students applied from all over the country and only 19 were accepted. Program organizers for 2019 are seeking contributions to support a student.

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Written by: Dianne Price