WUSTL ENDURE

Undergraduate summer research experience in neuroscience

The Washington University in St. Louis Neuroscience Pipeline program prepares undergraduates from diverse backgrounds for neuroscience PhD programs. We combine outstanding research training, a rigorous neuroscience curriculum and an empowering support system that allows participants to thrive on their path to graduate school and beyond. With support from the NIH Blueprint ENDURE Program and Washington University, accepted students are funded for up to two summers and trips to the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting. Overall, the Pipeline program embeds students in a network of neuroscientists and enhances the success and persistence of trainees towards our goal of increasing diversity in neuroscience.



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Program

Each component of the Neuroscience Pipeline program is designed to enhance the success and persistence of trainees towards the goal of increasing the number of neuroscientists from diverse backgrounds. This begins with hypothesis-driven research in a world-class Washington University lab where students gain research skills and a taste of life as a graduate student. A summer curriculum focused on professional development hones critical thinking and communication abilities. The Pipeline also includes an online class for credit and support to attend and present at the Society for Neuroscience meeting to sustain and strengthen skills during the academic year. In conjunction with personalized advising and an empowering community, the Pipeline offers outstanding, holistic training budding neuroscientists will use for years to come.

Image of cortical astrocytes by Olivia Gautier, 2017 Cohort. (Lab: Karen O’Malley)

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Research

Independent research is the core of the Neuroscience Pipeline experience. Summer scholars work full-time in a lab matching their interests. They encounter the thrill of creating new knowledge and contribute to the advancement of neuroscience. The experience culminates with the presentation of a research poster at the university’s Summer Research Symposium and again at the Society for Neuroscience conference.

Once accepted, students work closely with the Program Director to find a lab that offers both exciting research and a good learning environment. With over 100 Washington University neuroscience faculty, students can choose from a wide range of cutting-edge research spanning from molecules to cognition to behavior.

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Academic & Professional Development

Outside of the lab, our intensive curriculum focuses on neuroscience knowledge, scientific communication and graduate school preparation. Students gain the skills necessary to have a competitive edge to enter and succeed in PhD or MD/PhD programs.

Neuroscience Knowledge
Science Communication
Graduate School Preparation

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Community

As part of a cohort, Pipeline scholars are surrounded and motivated by peers who share their interests and goals. Coupled with committed faculty and staff, the program produces the ideal environment to help students reach those goals.

Pipeline participants are also integrated into a larger scholarly community that they can access for years to come. The Program and University sponsor several activities to foster these personal and professional networks:

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Benefits

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Current Students


Joseph Bradley

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Undergraduate Institution
Harris-Stowe State University (2016)

Current Institution
Washington University in St. Louis (Research Technician)

ENDURE Lab
Dr. Carlos Cruchaga

Project Title
Genomic Loci associated with Differential Expression in AD: A multivariate Regression Analysis of ADNI-2/GO Cohorts

Ya’el Courtney

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Current Institution
Kent State University (Junior)

ENDURE Lab
Dr. Todd Braver

Project Title
The Influence of Genetics on Individual Differences in Neural Activation Patterns

María González Aponte

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Current Institution
University of Puerto Rico at Cayey (Senior)

ENDURE Lab
Dr. Joshua Rubin

Project Title
TAp63α overexpression mitigates sexually dimorphic proliferation in mesenchymal Glioblastoma astrocytes

Marissa Hansen

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Current Institution
University of Texas at Austin (Senior)

ENDURE Lab
Dr. Michael Bruchas

Project Title
Investigating Biased Arrestin Recruitment to Nociceptin/Orphanin FQ Opioid Receptor (NOPR)

Fabria Jno. Baptiste

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Current Institution
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Junior)

ENDURE Lab
Dr. Jeanne Nerbonne

Project Title
Expression, Localization and Functional Roles of β Accessory Protein Subunits in Modulating Cardiovascular Voltage-Gated K+ Ion Channels

Chelsea Mackey

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Current Institution
University of Missouri (Senior)

ENDURE Lab
Dr. Erik Musiek

Project Title
A characterization of amyloid pathology and arcadian system function in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease

Makenzie Norris

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Current Institution
Purdue University (Senior)

ENDURE Lab
Dr. Jordan McCall

Project Title
Potential role for central amygdala dynorphin neurons in affective behaviors

Derrick Ogola

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Current Institution
Washington University in St. Louis (Junior)

ENDURE Lab
Dr. John Cirrito

Project Title
Synaptic Dependent Amyloid-β Generation in Vivo in Alzheimer’s Disease Mouse Model

Sydney O’Neal

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Undergraduate Institution
Tulane University (2017)

Current Institution
Washington University in St. Louis (Post-bac)

ENDURE Lab
Dr. Ream Al-Hasani

Project Title
Anatomical study of the afferents to the dorsal and ventral nucleus accumbens shell

Julia Pai

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Undergraduate Institution
New York University (2017)

Current Institution
New York University (Research Technician)

ENDURE Lab
Dr. Ilya Monosov

Project Title
Primate ventral pallidum neurons are sensitive to the timing of uncertainty-resolving information

Jordan Peyer

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Current Institution
Vassar College (Senior)

ENDURE Lab
Dr. Andrew Yoo

Project Title
MicroRNA-based reprogramming of human adult fibroblasts into dopaminergic neurons

Marco Pipoly

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Current Institution
University of Missouri-St. Louis (Senior)

ENDURE Lab
Dr. Deanna Barch

Project Title
Measures of Impulsivity Predict Medial Orbitofrontal Differences in Healthy Adults

Bruce Ramphal

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Current Institution
Brown University (Junior)

ENDURE Lab
Dr. Chad Sylvester

Project Title
Relationship Between Social Disadvantage and Newborn Amygdala Functional Connectivity

Taylor Reid

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Current Institution
Washington University in St. Louis (Junior)

ENDURE Lab
Dr. Beau Ances

Project Title
Assessing the Relationships between Blood Markers and Executive Memory Brain Regions in HIV+ Patients

Ashley Taylor

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Current Institution
University of Missouri-St. Louis (Senior)

ENDURE Lab
Dr. Valeria Cavalli

Project Title
Satellite glial cells may influence dorsal root ganglia response to axon injury

David Tyus

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Current Institution
Washington University in St. Louis (Junior)

ENDURE Lab
Dr. Colin Nichols

Project Title
The Effect of KATP Channel Mutations on Inhibitor Sensitivity: Implications for Personalized Treatment of Cantu Syndrome

Samani Upadhyay

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Current Institution
Brown University (Junior)

ENDURE Lab
Dr. Randall Bateman

Project Title
Plasma amyloid-beta isoform profile and its implication on early Alzheimer’s diagnosis

Alumni


2015 Cohort

Jessica Jimenez

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Undergraduate Institution
Oberlin College (2015)

Current Institution
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (PhD program)

ENDURE Lab
Dr. Carlos Cruchaga

Project Title
Role of ABCA7 & TM2D3 Variants in Alzheimer's Disease

Related Publication
Del-Aguila JL, Fernández MV, Jimenez J, Btlack, K., Ma, S., Deming, Y., et al. Role of ABCA7 loss-of-function variant in Alzheimer’s disease: a replication study in European–Americans. Alzheimers Res Ther. 2015;7:73

Neco Johnson

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Undergraduate Institution
San Diego State University (2017)

Current Institution
Washington University in St. Louis (PhD program)

ENDURE Lab
Dr. Dave Balota

Project Title
Exploring the Cognitive Mechanisms Underlying Memory Benefits of Wakeful Rest

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Dr. Desiree White

Project Title 2
Developmental Trajectories of Strategic Processing in Children with Phenylketonuria

Taylor Wynne

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Undergraduate Institution
George Mason University (2017)

Current Institution
NIH Post-Baccalaureate IRTA Program

ENDURE Lab 1
Dr. Tim Miller

Project Title 1
Dendritic Cell miRNA Expression in the Central Nervous System

ENDURE Lab 2
Dr. Martha Bagnall

Project Title 2
Lateral Vestibulospinal Neuron Function

2016 Cohort

Jake Khoussine

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Undergraduate Institution
University of Oklahoma (2017)

Current Institution
University of Wisconsin-Madison (MSTP)

ENDURE Lab
Dr. Aaron DiAntonio

Project Title
Identifying novel pathways that dictate synaptic growth

Staff

Erik Herzog, PhD

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WUSTL ENDURE Program Director, Professor, Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Biology





Diana José-Edwards, PhD

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WUSTL ENDURE Program Coordinator







Lisa Wells

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WUSTL ENDURE Program Assistant

FAQs

Application

Yes, you may submit unofficial transcript(s). Fall grades must be included in your submitted application.

The most relevant letters are those from faculty who know you well and can attest to your interest and capacity for scientific research, such as research mentors and professors of your science courses.

Those selected to participate will be notified in early-mid March.

Yes, we share a common application with the AMGEN and BioMedRap programs run through the Washington University Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences. While you apply to one primary program, you can check a box within the application to also be considered for the others. Please note, however, that each program has different requirements and selection committees.


Eligibility

Yes, we will consider applications from exceptional Freshman who have a demonstrated interest in neuroscience and research.

Yes, we will consider applications from graduating Seniors who will be taking a gap year before applying to graduate school.

No. Our program is designed for students pursuing neuroscience PhDs or, in some cases, MD/PhDs. Applications from those undergraduates considering careers in clinical medicine (MD only) will not be considered.

No, there are no additional requirements beyond those outlined on the eligibility page. Each application is judged as a whole, and admission is not based on any single component.


Program

Accepted students are asked to submit a list of 4-10 potential mentors. Participants then discuss their research interests with the Program Director who recommends the most appropriate lab. Students are matched to a lab once they successfully complete a phone interview with the P.I. Please see our research page for more information about neuroscience labs at Washington University.

No. The Pipeline program is rigorous and a significant time commitment. Participants are expected to work full-time (at least 40hrs/week spent in lab and program activities) for the duration of the program. Activities that would prevent you from such a commitment (classes, extended vacations, additional jobs, etc.) are not permitted.

Yes. Shared housing contributes to a learning community that is integral to student success. As such, we ask that all participants live in the on-campus accommodations we provide.

BP-ENDURE students are housed in one of the WashU dorms along with students from the other summer programs. Students have their own furnished bedroom within a larger suite. Each suite contains a shared bathroom and kitchen. Each bathroom has a vanity, shower stall, toilet, and two sinks. Each kitchen has an oven, a stove, a sink, and a refrigerator.

No. Some meals are provided at program events, but students are largely responsible for covering their own food expenses.

Yes. Summer scholars can use Washington University services, such as the various campus libraries and fitness complexes (gym membership required).

The $5000 stipend is paid in monthly installments on the last business day of May, June and July.

Requirements

The Pipeline program is a two-year opportunity consisting of both summer and academic year activities. The experience is maximally effective when students engage fully in all program components. We expect that participants:

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Online Application

Only complete application packages will be reviewed, which must include:

  • Acceptance notifications: early-mid March. Students will be selected for their demonstrated interest in neuroscience, dedication to go to graduate school in a neuroscience-related field and their academic performance to date.
Questions? See our FAQs or email us at
endure@wustl.edu
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