National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates

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A Joint Program

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Neuroscience is a joint program between Mercy University and the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. This REU-Neuroscience site, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), offers paid summer internships to qualified undergraduate students to conduct a 10-week research project in a leading scientific laboratory within the Department of Neuroscience. The summer 2023 application is closed and longer accepting applications.

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A wide Range of Research Fields are Available

The available laboratories from the Dominick P. Purpura 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.


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About the program

The accepted students select a laboratory of their interest among several participating laboratories in the Department of Neuroscience to conduct a 10-week immersion research project. In addition to the work in the lab, students attend weekly scientific seminars, lab meeting and journal clubs. All participants will have common extracurricular activities including mentoring on graduate education in academia and industry, career pathways in STEM and responsible and ethical scientific research conduct, and how to select and apply to graduate PhD programs and medical school. At the end of the program, students participate in an undergraduate scientific conference to present their work.

Students will be housed in the Albert Einstein's dorms located in Bronx, NY.  Participants will work with a scientific mentor at Albert Einstein to carry out their research project.


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Applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals or permanent residents by the application deadline (March 15, 2023).


Students should be attending an undergraduate degree program in Biology at a college designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). A list of DOE designated eligible Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) can be found here:


Students must have at least one semester remaining in college to complete their undergraduate degree after the summer 2023.  

Contact us:

Juan Bruses, PhD
Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Department of Natural Sciences 

Mercy University 
Broadway 555, MH139N
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522