BRAiN: an undergraduate research training opportunity

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, in collaboration with New Mexico State University, is proud to present an exciting opportunity for junior and senior undergraduate students to perform cutting edge neuroscience research in the state-of-the-art research facilities at the Anschutz Medical Campus Research facilities in Aurora, Colorado and at their home campus in Denver, Colorado or Las Cruces, New Mexico.

As a recipient of the National Institutes of Health’s multi-million dollar initiative Blueprint ENDURE (Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences), the BRAiN program aims to raise interest and opportunities in neuroscience research for individuals who are typically underrepresented in the field.

Specifically, BRAiN is designed for the budding undergraduate scientist who is from an underrepresented population and who is interested in pursuing a graduate degree (PhD) in neuroscience.

BRAiN is supported by NIH award R25NS080685 to Diego Restrepo (UCD), Sondra Bland (UCD), and Barbara Lyons (NMSU).


Who is eligible?

This program is for undergraduate students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in neuroscience. Students must be enrolled full time at the University of Colorado Denver Downtown Campus or at New Mexico State University and have at least 3 semesters left before graduation. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups; individuals with disabilities; and individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


Students in this program will have the opportunity to participate in research in a lab at their home campus. They will also be introduced to basic neuroscience topics through a journal club seminar. In the summer, students will begin an eight week, PAID summer research internship at the University of Colorado Denver's state-of-the-art research campus, the Anschutz Medical Campus. During the summer internship, students will work with a neuroscience mentor in a biomedical research lab and receive hands-on training in neuroscience techniques and research. Students will also attend a weekly course designed to introduce basic neuroscience topics. Students will also learn how to apply to a neuroscience graduate program and how to communicate in science. After the Summer Internship, students will have the opportunity to attend the national Society for Neuroscience's Annual meeting.


BRAiN Slam! | This course will cover introductory neuroscience, scientific communication (including making a scientific poster and giving a 5-minute talk), and ethics in Research.

Professional development opportunities will also be available throughout your training.

Research Mentors

How to Apply

Students should apply using the BRAiN application.



Questions? Contact us!

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus | Ernesto Salcedo, PhD |

University of Colorado Denver | Sondra Bland, PhD |

New Mexico State University | Barbara Lyons, PhD |

Check out our blog: BRAiN scholars blogspot.