REU Site: Summer Intensive Research Experiences in Neuroscience (SIREN)

About the SIREN Program



Program Details



About the SIREN Program

The Neuroscience Graduate Department hosts the REU Site: Summer Intensive Research Experiences in Neuroscience (SIREN) program. This 10 week program, provides undergraduate students with a research experience in the areas of behavioral and systems neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, molecular and cellular neuroscience, developmental neuorscience, sensory neuroscience, computational neuroscience, and clinical neuroscience.


Participant Support:

  • $5,750 stipend

  • Housing provided by program

  • $800 meal allowance

  • $500 travel allowance for round-trip travel to the program site                                                                                                                                                       

Program Dates: June 2, 2019-August 10, 2019 



You can apply online now here. Applications are due March 1, 2019 and will include a personal statement, resume or CV, and unofficial transcript(s).

Letters of Recommendation- two letters of recommendation are required, one of the letters must be from an academic reference. Letters must be uploaded by March 1, 2019.



  • In accordance with NSF guidelines, applicants must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents.

  • Applicants should have a strong interest in pursuing a research career in a STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) discipline.

  • Must have successfully completed at least one academic year of  an undergraduate program and not scheduled to graduate before December 2019.

  • Participants must have health insurance coverage while participating in the program.

  • Participants must be available for the duration of the program from start to finish. Any vacation would need to take place outside of this timeframe. 

  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor campus) students are NOT eligible. 

  • Applicants should come from institutions with limited resources for research (4 year colleges, liberal arts institutions, Master’s colleges/Universities, community colleges, etc.).

  • Students majoring in biochemistry, biology, biophysics, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, psychology, or a related STEM discipline. No minimum GPA requirement.

Preference will be given to...

  • Students from disadvantaged backgrounds and underrepresented groups, and/or from institutions with limited research resources.

  • Students from groups that are historically underrepresented in graduate education in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines, including first-generation college students and students with disabilities.
  • Students with limited research experience.


Program Details

  • Attached is a flyer with program information

  • Students will gain research experience through independent research projects conducted under the supervision of faculty and lab mentors

  • Weekly workshops will help students focus on bridging their aspirations to future research careers

  • The program will consist of weekly mini-presentations and a weekly improv theater course aimed at increasing confidence and agility when speaking in a group

  • Social events with UM Neuroscience Graduate Program faculty and students 

  • Journal clubs that will help students focus on expanding their ability to understand primary literature, examine validity, and probe with further questions

  • End of program symposium for students to present their summer project with a group of faculty, students and lab personnel​​



SIREN is supported through a National Science Foundation Division of Biological Sciences Research Experiences for Undergraduates award.