Educational Opportunities

Pioneering Rehabilitation

Program Overview

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.

The SSRP is a 10-week program that will run from June 1st through August 7th.  Participants need to be available between May 26th–May 30th for a mandatory health screening. Trainees will receive a stipend of $3,000 that begins July 1st.  Housing and transportation are not provided and are the responsibility of each trainee.

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.

Application Process

The deadline for completed applications is April 10, 2015.

Students will be notified the week of April 20th of their acceptance in this program.

Interested students must download the admissions application and email a completed application by April 10, 2015 to summerscience@burke.org

A completed application includes:

  • 2 recommendation letters from faculty able to accurately judge the applicant’s abilities and motivations. Recommendation letter forms can be downloaded here.  Completed recommendation letters must also be sent to summerscience@burke.org no later than April 10, 2015. 
  • A current transcript. An unofficial, student version of your transcript is acceptable. 
  • A resume or C.V.

Students with incomplete applications will not be considered.

All interested applicants are welcome to contact the program coordinator with any questions regarding this process.

Contact Information:
Dianna Willis, Ph.D.
summerscience@burke.org 


2014 Burke Summer Science Scholars

Alexandra Agins  — Fordham University
Jessica Berkowe  — SUNY Purchase
Jackie Bucci  — College of Charleston
Matthew Burrow  — Western Connecticut State University
Loren Eustaquio  — SUNY Purchase
Sarah Groover  — Rogers State University
William Halimou  — Oberlin University
Michael Mazzola — Cornell University
Briana Sabot  — University of Rhode Island