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Burke Medical Research Institute (BMRI) Undergraduate Summer Student Research Program


Category: Summer
Type: Research
Location: White Plains New York
Deadline: Early April


Dianna Willis, Ph.D.

Burke Rehabilitation Center

785 Mamaroneck Avenue

White Plains, New York 10605

(914) 597 2500


Students participating in the program are expected to meet the following minimum criteria: • Current enrollment in, and completion of at least one full academic year at, a U.S. college or university. • Completion of an introductory biology course. • Although not required, preference will be given to students who have also completed one semester of bench laboratory classes or equivalent experience. • A cumlative 3.4 G.P.A. or better (unless special circumstances can be provided). • 2 letters of recommendation from faculty able to accurately judge the applicant’s abilities and motivations • A transcript and resume in addition to the completed applicant form.


Undergraduate Summer Student Research Program
The Burke Medical Research Institute offers a summer undergraduate research program for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors who are interested in pursuing Ph.D., M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degrees and a career in biomedical research.  Students will work with faculty engaged in research related to repair of the nervous system.  The Burke Rehabilitation Center is one of the few rehabilitation facilities with dedicated programs in basic research (understanding how the normal brain functions and how it goes awry in disease), translational research (understanding how to move basic research to the human bedside), and clinical research (testing of new therapies in humans).  Accepted students are placed in a laboratory with research programs that overlap their expressed area of interest.  At the completion of the program, students will present the results of their research at a poster session attended by the entire Burke community.

The Burke Medical Research Institute (BMRI) invites interested and qualified undergraduate students to apply to our Summer Student Research Program (SSRP).  The purpose of this program is to give undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in biomedical sciences the opportunity to conduct cutting edge research.  Participants will be part of a laboratory research project related to neural repair and rehabilitation. Summer research students will have considerable direct interaction with their faculty mentors and the BMRI staff.

Program participants also attend both introductory and professional level research seminars. BMRI hosts a weekly seminar series given by international leaders in neurobiology and neurorehabilitation. The SSRP also holds a weekly summer seminar series given by BMRI faculty that is designed to engage students in discussions about specific topics in neurobiology and neurorehabilitation as well as career development in biomedical research.

Trainees will receive a stipend. Housing and transportation are not provided and are the responsibility of each trainee.