Undergraduates interested in receiving research training in computational neuroscience are encouraged to apply to an NIH-sponsored summer program at the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition in Pittsburgh. The Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition is a joint interdisciplinary program of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. Starting in late May or early June each year, a select group of talented undergraduates will embark on a 10-week residential program that provides intensive, mentored research experiences in computational and theoretical neuroscience. Admitted students will receive a stipend and university dormitory housing.

The core of the program is the opportunity to carry out an individual mentored research project working closely with a faculty mentor. Other aspects of the scientific program include: faculty research talks, student presentations and discussion of articles from the scientific literature, presentations on career options and scientific ethics, and a concluding symposium in which students present their research.

This program is intended for students who wish to pursue a Ph.D. after graduation. Any undergraduate may apply, but we are especially interested in attracting students with strong quantitative backgrounds. Many of our trainees are from colleges and universities that do not have extensive research programs, but all must be United States citizens or permanent residents, must be enrolled at a 4-year accredited institution, and must be in their sophomore or junior year at the time of application.  CNBC is dedicated to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students and we encourage applications from women, under-represented minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

Summer 2020 uPNC Research
Summer 2019 uPNC Research
Summer 2018 uPNC Research
Summer 2017 uPNC Research

The application for the Summer 2021 program is now available.

Download the 2021 Application in (Microsoft Word) or (Adobe Acrobat) format.

Application Receipt Deadline: February 15, 2021.

Application can be returned via email or regular mail (see addresses below).

In addition to the application, the following items are required for evaluation:

  • A brief (one page) essay about your interest and experience in neural computation.
  • Official transcript from the institution you are attending
  • Two letters from professional references. You should contact your recommenders and ask them to mail or email a letter directly to us.
  • SAT/ACT scores (do NOT have to be official; photocopies are acceptable)

Documents should be mailed to:
Computational Neuroscience Summer Program
Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
Carnegie Mellon University
4400 Fifth Avenue
Suite 115
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2617