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Janelia Undergraduate Scholars Program

The Janelia Research Campus gives undergraduate students the opportunity to experience research for 10 weeks each summer. Since its inception in 2007, 90 students have participated in the summer program and nine of them have gone on to join the Janelia Graduate Program.

Previous scholars have worked on a range of projects in Janelia labs, including helping to identify the neurons that control feeding behavior in fruit flies, designing better labeling molecules for use with sophisticated microscopy, recording from salamander retinal ganglion cells to learn about the motion tracking system, and developing computer programs for automated image analysis.

Janelia undergraduate scholars live in two interconnected townhouses in the onsite housing village and may dine on-campus throughout their stay. The program covers all living expenses, including housing, food, and travel to and from Janelia. Students also receive a $4,500 stipend. By summer’s end, students have had abundant opportunities to learn, experience, imagine, and play along with Janelia scientists.

For more information, visit the Janelia website


Visit the Undergraduate Scholars page on Janelia.org for a complete list of requirements.

Program Dates

The application is now closed. The deadline for materials was January 15, 2015, 2:00 p.m. (ET). Applicants who are invited for a video interview will be notified by email by the beginning of February 2015.