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Supporting the next generation of scholars

Are you an undergraduate student at UCI?

Do you have a passion for learning about the brain?

Learn more about the UCI NeuroScholars Program!

About the NeuroScholars Program

The NeuroScholars Program was designed to enrich the upper-division undergraduate research experience at UCI. Students admitted to the program have access to a vibrant, inclusive community with the following opportunities:

  • 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
  • Learn about entrepreneurship

The program is open to undergraduate and transfer students from all majors, schools, and disciplines. The program is currently a one-year commitment but will develop into a two-year commitment in the coming years. This year the program is supporting 25 students with plans to expand to more than 50 in the coming years.

NeuroScholars Team

Directors

How it Works

The NeuroScholars Program helps bypass some of the hurdles a student faces when looking to gain research and work experience in brain-related fields. The program was built to support participants in the following areas:

Research

Program participants learn specialized research skills in a lab course offered only through this program. They then have the opportunity to connect with faculty researchers. This process prepares students for an active role in a lab and in applying for grant funding to conduct their own research.

Community

The NeuroScholars Program has created a student community that is excited to support each other’s pursuit of excellence in research and that represents the rich diversity of the UCI undergraduate population.

Mentorship

NeuroScholar participants learn from each other and the community of mentors who are committed to their success. The NeuroScholar external advisors help connect the students to internal and external resources, such as
internship and training opportunities.

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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
Director
PRIME-LC Residency Program

External Advisors

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Pavan Kadandale, PhD

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

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Said M. Shokair

Director
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
Division of Undergraduate Education

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Ursula Staubli, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty
UCI CNLM
Former Senior Research Investigator
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