Q: In order to apply, do you have to be enrolled as a Virginia Tech student?
A: No, you do not need to be a Virginia Tech student. The Institute’s neuroSURF program will support both Virginia Tech students and students from other US colleges and universities.
Q: When is the application due?
A: Applications are due in full by March 1.
Q: How do I select a mentor?
A: Within the application, you will select several potential mentors from the Research Faculty Areas tab of the website. Once accepted into the program you will work with the director of neuroSURF to match to a specific mentor and a lab. This will occur prior to the start of the neuroSURF program.
Q: What does a completed application package include? Where do I submit my transcripts and recommendation letters?
A: A completed application package includes general information about the applicant, three short essays describing your participation experience in independent research, why you are interested in translational neurobiology, and what you hope to gain from participating in the neuroSURF program and how it might contribute to your career, an up-to-date unofficial transcript and GPA (16MB maximum file upload), and a recommendation letter / faculty letter of support from a faculty member at your current institution, or a previous faculty mentor (16MB maximum file upload). The recommendation letter may be uploaded to the application or emailed directly to Alexandria Pilot at email@example.com.
Q: Am I required to have health insurance in order to participate in this program?
A: Yes, all neuroSURF students must have health insurance.
Q: What are the program dates?
A: The neuroSURF dates for 2021 are Monday, May 24 – Friday, July 30.
Q: When can I anticipate hearing from neuroSURF if I have been admitted into the program?
A: Applications are due in full by March 1. You will be notified if selected for the program by April. If accepted into the program, you will have one week to accept or decline.
Q: Is there a minimum GPA I must have in order to apply to the neuroSURF program?
A: Yes, you must have a GPA of at least 3.0 or higher, and must have completed a course in introductory biology, chemistry, physics, psychology or neuroscience.
Q: Where can I see a list of the program’s activities?
A: A list of the program’s activities can be found under the Curriculum tab of the neuroSURF website.
Q: I am not a US Citizen or a US permanent resident. Can I still apply?
A: No. Unfortunately, you must be a US Citizen or a permanent resident of the US to apply.
A: I am not a member of an underrepresented minority group. Can I still apply?
A: Yes, you may still apply.
Q: Who should write a recommendation letter for me?
A: A faculty member at your current institution that knows you well and can speak to your potential for a career in a science-related field. This can be a faculty member that has previously mentored you in their laboratory or has taught you in a course.
Q: How are neuroSURF participants chosen?
A: The neuroSURF steering committee will select applicants based on their GPA, letter of recommendation, and commitment to a career in science. Students need not to be Virginia Tech students to apply.
Q: Who can I contact for more information regarding housing during the neuroSURF program?
A: You may contact Alexandria Pilot, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Is there an orientation session prior to the neuroSURF program beginning?
A: Yes, there will be orientation sessions and general instruction during the first few days of the program.
Q: Is there an application fee to apply?
A: No, there is not an application fee to apply.
Q: I am interested in more than one research area provided on your website. What should I do?
A: Great! So are we! An objective of this program is to expose students to many areas of neurobiology research. However, you will have to select and match to a single mentor and laboratory. Once accepted into the program, you will work with the director to accomplish this.