NeuroScholars Program

Are you an undergraduate student at UCI?

Do you have a passion for learning about the brain?

Learn more about the UCI NeuroScholars Program!

We invite you apply for a new program called the UCI NeuroScholars Program (NSP). This new program, led by Dr. Sunil Gandhi, Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior and Associate Director of the UCI Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory and Dr. Roger Liu, Adjunct Associate Professor in Family Medicine and Director of the PRIME-LC Residency Program aims to enrich your upper-division undergrad research experience at UCI. The most important "qualification" for applying is that you have a passion for learning about the brain.

As one of the early NSP Scholars, you will help us create and develop a comprehensive program whose goal is to create a vibrant, inclusive space that will provide opportunities to engage in faculty-mentored research, gain course-based laboratory training in advanced topics, support each other through peer mentoring, network with industry leaders for internships and learn about entrepreneurship.

We welcome undergraduate students from all majors, schools and disciplines, regardless of future career goals. You could be a sophomore, a student who just transferred into UCI, or even a senior. You could already be engaged in undergrad research, or you could be lost trying to figure out how to get into research. You may not even know that you want to do research.

Our intent is to build a community of students that are excited to support each other’s pursuit of excellence in research and that represents the rich diversity of the UCI undergraduate population. We anticipate that your experience in the NSP immersed in a thriving culture of research excellence will open new doors for you, regardless of what career path you choose. Although this inaugural group in 2019 we will include seniors, in coming years we envision an immersive program that will develop into a two-year commitment. As long as you think that the brain is cool and exciting, and you are willing to educate us (the faculty) on what would make a great program please contact us (

Candidates will be asked to complete a short, written application followed by an in-person interview.

NeuroScholars Team



Sunil Gandhi, PhD

Associate Professor
Neurobiology and Behavior
Associate Director
Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory

Roger Liu, PhD

Associate Adjunct Professor
Family Medicine
PRIME-LC Residency Program

External Advisors


Pavan Kadandale, PhD

Associate Professor 
Dept. of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Faculty Advisor
UCI First-Generation Student Group




Said M. Shokair

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
Division of Undergraduate Education






Ursula Staubli, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty
Former Senior Research Investigator