The Banner-ASU Neuroscience Scholars program has been developed under the leadership of Banner Research and in partnership with ASU and the Biodesign Institute.

The 2024 Neuroscience Scholars Program is no longer accepting applications. Check this site again late in 2024 for more details about the 2025 program.


Neuroscience Scholars

Imagine having the opportunity to spend eight weeks working side-by-side with some of the world’s most talented scientists, clinicians and researchers in an environment devoted to neuroscientific biomedical research and clinical care.

Banner-ASU Neuroscience Scholars is a paid, eight-week training program open to top-achieving college undergraduate and graduate science and social science students. Scholars work full-time on a research project under the mentorship of a Banner Research or ASU-Biodesign scientist or clinician to unlock medical and scientific mysteries in the areas of Alzheimer’s diseaseParkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases, in a lab or clinical setting in the Greater Phoenix metropolitan area.

Research opportunities are divided into five separate tracks: Basic and Translational Neuroscience; Computational Image Analysis; Healthy Aging Research; Brain and Body Donation; and Clinical Neurodegenerative Research. Each research track is correlated to a participating training facility.

As a part of the comprehensive program, Neuroscience Scholars also have an opportunity to: obtain hands-on training, attend educational seminars to boost their professional skills, learn about bioscience career options, practice scientific writing and create a scientific poster to showcase project outcomes and present their research at a concluding symposium.

Scholars are expected to commit 35-40 hours per week to the program. A stipend of $500/week for a total of $4,000 will be provided upon successful completion of the program. The overall aim is to give scholars cutting-edge experience in biomedical and clinical research.

The program capstone is a formal research symposium with mentors and institutional leaders, where scholars are required to deliver oral presentations, present project results and reflect on what they have accomplished during their tenure at Banner Research or ASU. Select students are nominated to deliver oral presentations at the event.

Past participants have gone on to achieve success and shared impressive accomplishments, including scientific abstract and manuscript publications, earning top national student rankings, gaining acceptance into first-rate graduate and medical schools and receiving national awards and scholarships.