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BMRI Summer Scholars Program

The Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute at Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) is pleased to announce the BMRI Summer Diversity Scholar Program. The BMRI Summer Scholar is a new opportunity for promising young scientists residing in the New York City area and provides awardees an 8-week long paid internship at a world-renowned research facility with leaders in neurodegeneration research. Individuals will receive one-on-one training with a researcher in one of the BMRI/Neuroscience Graduate Program laboratories, develop a research idea and plan, learn scientific methods, and produce their own data. They will also be included in workshops and seminars sponsored by WCM’s Office of Diversity. At the end of the internship, BMRI diversity scholars will present their findings in a virtual research seminar. With in-person interactions minimized and adhering to COVID-19 guidelines, the summer program is planned to be held virtually.


  • Applicants should be currently pursuing a college-level degree. A science-related major (e.g. biology, chemistry, math, engineering, etc.) is not required; non-science majors should discuss their science-related interests in their personal statement.

  • Commitment to an 8-week long, summer internship in one of the BMRI labs (

  • Identify as coming from an underrepresented background (Underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and/or individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, as defined by NIH guidelines:

  • Strong motivation to pursue a doctoral degree and/or career in scientific research or a science-related field.

Application materials:

• Personal statement (1000 words maximum) describing the applicant’s interest in science. We encourage applicants to include:

  1. Description of future academic and career goals and how this program may aid them.
  2. Previous research experience(s) and what they gained from those experiences. If the applicant has not yet had research experience, we ask that the applicant describe skills they believe will help them in this experience.
  3. What they hope to obtain through this program.
  4. How COVID-19 has impacted their academic/career goals
  • Current CV or resume.
  • 2 letters of reference from a professor or mentor that can attest to the individual’s potential and previous accomplishments.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, May 7th, 2021
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    Diversity is one of Weill Cornell Medicine’s core values and is essential to achieving excellence in patient care, research, and education. We welcome applications from candidates who share our commitment to fostering a culture of fairness, equity, and belonging. Weill Cornell Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, age, religion, protected veteran or disability status, or genetic information.

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