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:

  • $6,000 stipend

  • Housing provided by program

  • $800 meal allowance

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

Program Dates: May 30, 2021-August 7, 2021 

At this point we are optimistic about offering an onsite research program for the summer of 2021. However, final decisions to minimize risks for the wellbeing of participants and our community may impact our plans. 


You can apply online starting December 1. Applications are due Feburary 1, 2021 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 Feburary 1, 2021.



  • 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 2021.

  • 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 vacations, summer coursework, or other summer employment would need to take place outside of this time frame.

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

  • 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 research projects designed and supervised by 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.