Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the 2021 summer program will be virtual only
The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site between Mercy College and Albert Einstein College of Medicine is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and offers paid summer internships for qualified undergraduate students to conduct 10-week research projects in Neuroscience conducted by leading scientific laboratories during the summer. The program will be held June 1 – July 23, applications must be received by April 15.
A Joint Program
This REU-Neuroscience Site is a joint program between the Department of Natural Sciences at Mercy College and the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The program supports the training of 10 students during the summers of 2021 to 2023. Students select a laboratory of interest among the several participating laboratories in the Department of Neuroscience and will conduct an intensive virtual research project.
A wide Range of Research Fields are Available
The available laboratories from the Department of Neuroscience focus on a wide range of research areas and experimental approaches including cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, neurophysiology, bioinformatics, neural development and plasticity, animal behavior and neuroimaging using a variety of experimental model systems and state-of-the-art research facilities including imaging, molecular biology, physiology, genomics, proteomics and animal behavior. The program will include training in the use of bioinformatic tools and Phyton programing. No previous research experience is required.
Participants will form groups based on their interests and will work with a scientific mentor at Albert Einstein to carry out their research project. All participants will have common activities with a mentor from Mercy College to conduct extracurricular activities including seminars, mentoring on graduate education in academia and industry, career pathways in STEM and responsible and ethical scientific research conduct. At the end of the program, students participate in an undergraduate scientific conference and present their work.
More REU Details
2021 REU Laboratories
Myles Akabas, Professor
Anita E. Autry-Dixon, Assistant Professor
Renata A. Batista-Brito, Assistant Professor
Hannes E. Buelow, Professor
Pablo E. Castillo, Professor
Anna Francesconi, Associate Professor
Aristea S. Galanopoulou, Professor
Tiago Gonçalves, Assistant Professor
Jean M. Hebert, Professor
Bryen A. Jordan, Assistant Professor
Adam Kohn, Professor
Kamran Khodakhah, Professor and Chair
Michael L. Lipton, Professor
Sophie Molholm, Professor
Saleem M. Nicola, Assistant Professor
Jose L. Pena, Professor
Alberto E. Pereda, Professor
Julie Secombe, Associate Professor
David C. Spray, Professor
Elyse S. Sussman, Professor,
Steven U. Walkley, Professor
Suzanne Zukin, Professor
Rachel A. Ross, Assistant Professor
Deyou Zheng, Professor
2021 Virtual Programming
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the summer 2021 program will be virtual only. Students will participate in a full-time research experience under the guidance of the director of the laboratory of their choice via on-line streaming and virtual activities. Students are expected to participate full-time from Monday to Friday for the 8 weeks of the program.
The virtual program will provide a $600 weekly stipend to each student and a daily allowance for meals. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents attending an undergraduate program in a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) designated by the Department of Education (a list of qualifying MSI can be found in the application material).
Juan Bruses, PhD
Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Department of Natural Sciences
Broadway 555, MH139N
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Jose L. Pena, MD, PhD
Professor Dominick P. Purpura
Department of Neuroscience
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Rose F. Kennedy Center
1410 Pelham Parkway South, Room 529
Bronx, NY 10461