Summer Research Opportunities

The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience offers a summer research program for undergraduate and high school students and starting in 2012, a program for high school science teachers.


  • To provide a research experience that may help students evaluate their interest and potential in a biomedical research career and
  • To provide practical training in the use of current research techniques.

Research experience provided for the students:

  • Opportunity to work directly with a faculty member, graduate students and technicians
  • Conduct research on a specific aspect of a project
  • Learn specific techniques needed for the research project
  • Read relevant literature for the project
  • Develop ideas of their own
  • Participate in laboratory research meetings
  • Present work in the UNMC Summer Research Program (SURP) Poster session
  • Co-author on publications resulting from the research project

Specific training provided for the students:

  • Laboratory Safety
  • Radioactivity Safety
  • Ethics in Biomedical Research
  • Specific techniques required for the project

Additional Departmental and UNMC activities students are expected to participate in:

  • Presentations by the faculty on research being conducted in the department
  • Weekly Research Forum where graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty present their research
  • Formal Research Seminar by faculty from outside the Department and/or UNMC
  • Monthly graduate student meetings
  • UNMC Summer Undergraduate Research Seminars
  • UNMC Summer Undergraduate Poster Session (2012 Presentations)


  • College Undergraduates: $3,000
  • Travis B. Lewis High School Scholars: $1,500

Start date:  June 2, 2014
End Date:  August 8, 2014

Hours:   Most labs start between 8 and 9 a.m. ending between 4-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Students are expected to work a 40 hours per week. Faculty and managers will work to accommodate other summer activities.

Application process:

  • All applications (undergraduate and high school) must be submitted thorough the UNMC Summer Undergraduate Research Program
    • The following information should be sent to the Department Selection Committee at the address listed below
      • An unofficial transcript (if accepted into the program an official transcript will be required)
      • Personal statement on how this program can benefit your career goals
      • Letter of recommendation 
  • Additional information on Travis B. Lewis High School Summer Research Program

There is important information regarding IMMUNIZATIONS - Please review the policy.

2014 High School Science Teacher Program  
Start date:
June 2, 2014
End Date: August 8, 2014
Stipend:  $3,000
To apply: 1) email a letter of interest to;  2) a current CV and 3) a letter of recommendation from the principal of your school.

Application deadline - March 1, 2014
For more information or to apply, please go to the following sites:

UNMC Summer Undergraduate Research Program 
Travis B. Lewis High School Summer Research Program
UNMC campus map and directions
City of Omaha 

Kim Morrison

Leticia Tran

Application deadline: 
March 1

Apply online