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IBR Summer Student Volunteer Program

03/16/17

The mission of the IBR Summer Student Volunteer Program is to introduce high school and college students to the field of Developmental Neuroscience and Developmental Disabilities, with the goal of inspiring them to pursue careers in the field of Developmental Disabilities. 

To accomplish this mission, the program offers the following: 

  • Student placements in an IBR laboratory: Students are matched with the laboratory that seems most appropriate based on their academic background, interests and career goals. With an IBR scientist serving as a mentor, students will be trained in the ethical conduct of research, be provided with background reading relevant to the mentor’s research, will observe the research techniques used in the lab, and will develop a range of different research skills. Regular meetings and discussions between the student and mentor will allow the students to integrate the information obtained from the readings with the knowledge gained from their experiential learning opportunities in the laboratory. 
  • Summer Student Seminar Series: In order to enhance the experience of the high school and undergraduate students at IBR, we offer a weekly seminar series geared to people who are in the early stages of learning about research.  The Seminar Series invites IBR scientists to give presentations about their research and discuss the applications of their findings to the field of Developmental Disabilities. Discussions are encouraged. This allows the students to learn about other types of research at IBR beyond the labs that they have been assigned to, and to form connections that will last well beyond their summer at IBR.
  • Tours of IBR laboratories and the Jervis Clinic: Many IBR scientists offer to include a lab tour at the end of their Seminar presentations. Additionally, one week of the Seminar Series may be allocated to a tour of the remaining IBR laboratories and the Jervis Clinic. 

Admission

The IBR Summer Student Volunteer Program is particularly well-suited for students who have interests in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and other Neuroscience-related disciplines. Interested students should complete the application form and email it along with a cover letter and resume to Dr. Kathryn Chadman (kathryn.chadman@opwdd.ny.gov). Applications are due on May 15th each year.

Contact

For further information on the IBR Summer Student Volunteer Program, please contact:

Kathryn Chadman, Ph.D.

Head, Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory

NYS Office for People With Developmental Disabilities
Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities
1050 Forest Hill Road, Staten Island, NY 10314
kathryn.chadman@opwdd.ny.gov

Elizabeth M. Lennon, Ph.D.

Director, Programs in Developmental Neuroscience and Developmental Disabilities (PDNDD)
Head, Laboratory of Social Communication Development

NYS Office for People With Developmental Disabilities
Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities
1050 Forest Hill Road, Staten Island, NY 10314
elizabeth.lennon@opwdd.ny.gov