Meliora Fellowships in BCS

The Department of Brain and Cognitive Science (BCS) is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion. We are particularly dedicated to fostering equity in our educational and research opportunities for undergraduate students. Motivated by these goals, we are establishing Meliora Fellowships funded by a generous gift from the University President Sarah Mangelsdorf and BCS Professor Karl Rosengren.

Meliora Fellowships will fully fund summer research opportunities for students from backgrounds underrepresented in research. With a goal of maximizing the long-term impact of undergraduate research experiences, Meliora Fellowships will be primarily available to first- and second-year students.

This 10-week program will pair students with faculty labs working in brain research for an intensive research experience. The in-lab experiences will be paired with a full calendar of career development, academic and community events organized by the Meliora Mentors and participating departments. Meliora Mentors are three graduate students that will organize and run extracurricular programming for all summer research students in BCS. The objective is to establish a vibrant, intellectually stimulating summer research community in BCS.

Program details

  • A 10-week full time program starting in the first week of June
  • Research supported by a $5,000 stipend.
  • End-of-the-summer poster and/or talk session
  • Research lectures
  • Career development activities
  • Social events


  • Preference for students in their first and second years at UR. Seniors are ineligible.
  • Preference for students from backgrounds underrepresented in science, as defined by the as defined by the NIH:
    • Students who are Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander.
    • Students with disabilities, and/or
    • Students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including first-generation college students and students who come from low income families (see link above from more examples
  • No prior research experience is required.
  • A major in BCS or NSC is not required. Interest in BCS and/or Neuroscience research required.

Application process

  • Applications will open on February 21, with a deadline of March 11, 2024. The application will be posted online.
  • Decisions by March 21.
  • Application materials (upload documents via Google Forms)
    • CV/Resume
    • Transcript (unofficial is OK).
    • Preferred host labs, chosen from the list of available labs on the form.
    • Personal statement – 200 words max. This should cover your background and your eligibility for this fellowship (see above for eligibility details).
    • Research interest statement – 200 words max. This should cover your research interests, and, if any, your prior research experience.
    • Host lab justification – 200 words max. Explain why you are specifically interested in your top two choices. This can include describing how work in those labs matches your career interests and how your academic/research/skill background matches research in those labs.

2024 Participating Labs

BCS Labs

Affiliated Labs