undergraduate research experience in neuroscience
May 29, 2022 – August 5, 2022

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

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ENDURE scholar Ephraim Oyetunji selected as Hope Center Scholar

As an undergraduate student at Washington University, Ephraim focuses on neurobiology, African and African American studies, and religious studies. He aspires to be a physician who employs translational research to combat neurological disorders at the bench and in the clinic. As a Hope Center Scholar, Ephraim is in the Christopher Wells Hobler Lab led by Timothy Miller (WashU Neurology), and studies how antisense oligonucleotides can be used to learn more about how the nervous system’s immune response can influence pathological protein buildup.

The Hope Center Scholar program aims to identify promising undergraduate students who are interested in research on neurological disorders, providing financial support for their research and professional development. The Center is pleased to partner with the NIH-funded Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) uSTAR program at Washington University, a minority-focused undergraduate training program that seeks to increase diversity in PhD and MD-PhD programs nationwide by supporting students in their junior and senior years. Special thanks to Jim Skeath for connecting the Hope Center with the MARC uSTAR program. For inquiries about the Hope Center Scholar Program, please contact the Hope Center.

Erik Herzog, the Viktor Hamburger Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biology, was awarded a five-year $1,977,255 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The award supports Herzog’s project titled “Circadian Regulation of Neocortex.”

Brain trust: Symposium brings together diverse community of undergraduate neuroscientists

By Shawn Ballard8.19.21 | NATURAL SCIENCES & MATH

The WUSTL ENDURE program, which hosts the annual symposium, partners with groups across WashU and local institutions to attract top talent, provide training and mentorship opportunities, and improve the diversity of the neuroscience field.

“What would happen if you lost your heart?” Ephraim Oyetunji, a rising junior studying neuroscience in the Department of Biology and African and African American studies, both in Arts & Sciences, is not speaking romantically. “Every other piece of your body can be lost or transplanted, including your heart, but if you lose your brain, you lose yourself.” click here for full story.

Photos from summer 2021