Neuroscience Scholars Program Application

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Favor ver abajo un programa de desarrollo profesional para estudiantes interesados en neurociencia. Varios estudiantes puertorriqueños han participado del programa y ofrecen abajo sus impresiones del mismo. 

The Neuroscience Scholars Program is a two-year training program open to underrepresented and diverse neuroscience graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Building on the 30 year history of NSP, the program will continue to support annual travel awards, mentoring, and the professional development of up to 14 candidates known as NSP Fellows.

In addition, all eligible applicants will be invited to become NSP Associates, including those selected as NSP Fellows. The extensive two-year training program provides live events and webinars, a rich library of educational resources, and an online diversity affinity group of NSP mentors and alumni for seeking career connections and guidance. Events, webinars, and resources will focus on career advancement issues, topics related to research process, and cutting edge scientific content.  

Detailed opportunities for NSP Fellows and NSP Associates are listed here:

Applicants must be:

  • Citizens or permanent residents of the United States
  • Enrolled in a graduate degree-granting program or postdoctoral fellowship
  • According to the guidelines of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, candidates must be from a group recognized as underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences. These include African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hawaiian Natives, natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands and individuals with disabilities, defined as physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities

If you have questions, email nsp@sfn.orgor call (202) 962-4000.

Testimonio de estudiante puertorriqueña, Alexandra Colón-Rodríguez

“As an NSP fellow I have been afforded the opportunity to take part in activities and professional development workshops that have contributed immensely to my growth as a scientist. Having the opportunity to attend the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, and having everything covered, has been a great tool as I’ve been able to network with other scientists and build professional relationships that I could not have otherwise. Also, NSP has provided me with a senior scientist mentor and access to scientists from academia, industry and government who have aided in my professional growth and enhanced my professional network. I encourage all minority graduate students and post docs interested in neuroscience to apply to this unique, unparalleled opportunity.”

Testimonio de Demetrio Sierra Mercado (2009-2011), miembro de CienciaPR y hoy profesor en la UPR-Recinto de Ciencias Médicas

  • Graduate: Ponce School of Medicine, Univ of Puerto Rico School of Medicine (NSP: 2009-2010) 
  • Post-doc: Massachusetts General Hospital-Harvard Medical School (NSP: 2010-2011)
  • Current Position: University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, Assistant Professor

 “The opportunities provided by the Neuroscience Scholars Program (NSP) were particularly important for me as a graduate student in Puerto Rico because the research institutions here tend to be more geographically isolated than other institutions in the United States.  Moreover, there are few departmental and institutional funds to help with access to activities for professional growth, compared to many universities in the U.S.  Support from the NSP allowed me to attend scientific meetings and workshops routinely, which allowed me to visit with other scientists with a similar research focus.  Furthermore, the NSP provided me with access to a valuable pool of mentors with diverse backgrounds to help me develop into an independent neuroscientist.  I relied on this network of mentors for perspective on the progress of my academic career, as well as for training opportunities.  Notably, I still keep in touch with many of the mentors and depend on this network for students and collaborators as I establish my independent laboratory in Puerto Rico, where I am committed to training future generations of neuroscientists.”



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