Educational Opportunities

Pioneering Rehabilitation

Educational Opportunities

Seminars
 The Burke Medical Research Institute hosts a weekly seminar series every Tuesday at 12:30 pm that features world-renowned scientists in the areas of neuroscience, developmental biology, and clinical research. For upcoming seminars, please click here.

Training and Research Opportunities One of the goals for the Burke Medical Research Institute is to train the next generation of physicians and scientists. The Institute campus provides a unique and beautiful setting for both students and post-doctoral fellows to participate in cutting-edge neurorehabilitation and neuroscience research. These opportunities include the following:

For Post-doctoral Fellows

Neurorehabilitation Fellowship Program One of the goals of the Burke Medical Research Institute is to train the next generation of scientists. The Institute provides a unique and beautiful setting for postdocs interested in undertaking cutting edge scientific research. To learn more, please visit the program page

Post-doctoral Opportunities in Neuroscience Research  The Burke Medical Research Institute specializes in neuroscience research ranging from basic to translational. Post-doctoral fellows interested in contributing to this research should contact individual faculty members to inquire about available opportunities. For more information about faculty and their research, please click here

For Graduate Students

Graduate Education All faculty members have appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College and therefore are eligible to host graduate students from WCMC departments of Neuroscience and Developmental Biology. If you are interested in graduate studies at Burke, please apply to Weill Cornell Medical College at http://weill.cornell.edu/gradschool/.

For Undergraduate Students

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. For additional information, please see our program overview and application materials.

Other undergraduate opportunities  Outside of the formal Summer program, some individual laboratories have opportunities for undergraduates to contribute to their research programs during either the summer or academic year. These are typically volunteer positions and both the specific work schedule and type of research conducted by the student will vary among the different laboratories. Students should identify specific research programs that match their interests (descriptions of faculty and their research programs can be found here) and submit both an application and transcript (unofficial is fine) to studentresearch@burke.org.

After its receipt, the application will be evaluated by the Research Institute staff and an attempt will be made to match students with a desired research program. We cannot guarantee that a match can be made. The matching process typically takes from 1 to 2 weeks. The Research Institute will contact you to notify whether a match has been either successfully made or not. If a match is made, you will be put in contact with an investigator from the laboratory to discuss the specific work schedule and type of research to be conducted. If a match cannot be made, students are allowed to re-apply after 6 months. In addition, we encourage students to also look for other opportunities (such as http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.jsp

Mercy College students interested in research opportunities at the Burke Medical Research Institute, please contact studentresearch@burke.org.

United States Military Academy (West Point) cadets interested in research opportunities at the Burke Medical Research Institute, please contact either LTC Luis Alvarez or Dr. Kenneth Wickiser in the Department of Chemistry and Life Sciences.

For High School Students

Some individual laboratories at the Burke Medical Research Institute occasionally have opportunities for high school students to contribute to their research programs during either the summer or academic year. These opportunities are typically volunteer positions and both the specific work schedule and type of research conducted by the student will vary among the different laboratories. Students should identify specific research programs that match their interests (descriptions of faculty and their research programs can be found here) and submit both an application and transcript (unofficial is fine) to studentresearch@burke.org.

After its receipt, the application will be evaluated by the Research Institute staff and an attempt will be made to match students with a desired research program. We cannot guarantee that a match can be made. The matching process typically takes from 1 to 2 weeks. The Research Institute will contact you to notify whether a match has been either successfully made or not. If a match is made, you will be put in contact with an investigator from the laboratory to discuss the specific work schedule and type of research to be conducted. If a match cannot be made, high students are allowed to re-apply after 6 months. In addition, we encourage students to also look for other opportunities (such as http://www.rockefeller.edu/outreach/links).