Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities

Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) in Molecular and Developmental Neurobiology 

Rutgers University is pleased to invite applications for the 2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) in Molecular and Developmental Neurobiology which is funded, in part, by a grant from the National Institutes of Health. The goals of the program are to:

  • Increase student knowledge and appreciation of basic Neuroscience research by providing a closely-mentored, hands-on graduate level research experience.
  • Increase student knowledge and interest in pursuing careers in research through career development and educational activities

RiSE (Research in Science and Engineering)

RiSE (Research in Science and Engineering) is sponsored by Rutgers University, one of the nation's leading public research institutions. We choose 50 outstanding undergraduates from across the U.S. and its territories to participate in 10 weeks of cutting-edge research in the biological, physical, and social sciences, math, engineering, and exciting interdisciplinary areas under the guidance of a carefully matched faculty mentors. RiSE alumni have an outstanding record of success!

If you are a high-achieving student, passionate about research, and considering graduate school, then RiSE may be for you. By applying to RiSE, you will automatically be considered for our sister National Science Foundation REU (Research Experience for Undergraduate) and other partners at Rutgers.  Admission is very competitive, so apply early.

Research Assistants at Aidekman Neuroscience Center:

Aging, Alzheimer's Disease, & African-American Brain Health Disparities: (posted May 26, 2016)

You will earn internship or senior thesis (or Honors Capstone Project) credits, fulfill Honors College event requirements and complete volunteer hour requirements while you conduct cognitive neuroscience research.

Who: Drs. Ashlee Shaw & Mark Gluck study the effects of exercise and cognitive aging on learning and memory.

What: You will be tasked with running fMRI imaging, behavioral, and/or exercise experiments. We also have opportunities for community outreach work in our lab. For more information, see our two web sites:




When: The minimum time commitment is 12 hrs/week for 4 consecutive fall and spring semesters (summers are optional). This is necessary to ensure that students receive meaningful research training and add value to research projects.

Where: We are located within the Aidekman Research Center (197 University Avenue, next to Boyden Hall).

Why: You will cultivate many skills that are important for employment, graduate studies, and professional school: scientific reading and writing, public speaking, teamwork, cultural competence, phone and e-mail etiquette, interpersonal skills, data management, etc. Most important, you will be mentored by experienced research scientists.

How: Those who are interested may request an interview by e-mailing Drs. Ashlee Shaw and Mark Gluck with (1) your transcript, (2) your resume, and (3) a short paragraph that clearly outlines your education and career goals.



The Student Research Associates (SRA) Program at Mount Sinai

For pre-medicine/pre-health students looking for highly interactive Emergency Department volunteer experience

The SRA Program assists the emergency department in ongoing research projects in an effort to bring greater precision to emergency medicine and improve the quality of care. Each research project focuses on  different aspects of patient care and may include clinical trials, patient and physician survey studies, observational studies, and practice-pattern studies. SRAs working in our emergency department are granted  access to EMR to help identify patients who are potential study participants or whose presence generates a study opportunity. Once these patients are identified, the SRAs often have  the opportunity to conduct informed consent,  administer patient questionnaires, collects data from physicians and/or the medical chart, and alert physicians of the study eligibility for patients. All SRAs undergo rigorous training sessions at the start of the program and are provided constant refreshers throughout the program.


The SRA Program provides a unique opportunity for pre-health students to gain substantial experience conducting clinical research which involves frequent engagement and direct contact with patient, and students will also have several opportunities to shadow residents and physicians in the emergency department. Additionally, observation of emergency department procedures, resuscitations, and general care is an integrated part of the experience, and in some cases required for the execution of a research enrollment. We have found that these experiences serve to be a great advantage for those applying to medical school and many of our previous SRAs have moved on to work with great mentors whom they met as part of this program. 

Apply here: HERE

       Hackensack Research Associate (RA) Program:

The RA Program at HackensackUMC is part of a nationwide organization known as the National Alliance of Research Associates Programs (NARAP). NARAP is a consortium of emergency departments and colleges that collaborate to conduct research in hospital emergency departments. We utilize RAs to enroll large numbers of participants and perform a variety of functions relevant to each study. During orientation, students will be trained to become Research Associates (RAs), performing tasks relevant to specific research studies.


Research Associates are typically college students that are interested in pursuing a career in the health professions. The RA program provides valuable research experience to students in a clinical setting. RAs are extremely vital in Emergency Trauma Department research and work on a variety of studies during their time in the program. RAs are able to collect data and screen for studies, while interacting with patients and the medical staff. They receive all of the necessary training that they need in order to conduct accurate research. Research Associates will also become certified by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) to participate in clinical research. After at least 100 hours of service, Research Associates will receive a letter of recommendation for their future endeavors. To apply, please visit: HERE


 The Gluck Lab at the Center for Molecular and Behavior Neuroscience (CMBN) at Rutgers-University-Newark (posted June 7, 2016)

has a new position open for a half-time paid research assistant to develop community outreach programs and conduct neuropsychological and cognitive studies of PTS (post traumatic stress) in women who have been victims of rape and other forms of violence. 

This new project is funded by a SEED GRANT from the RU-Newark Chancellor’s Office. See Key summary information below on the grant. 

EXPERIENCE: Applicant should have prior experience working with this or similar populations, especially with local urban minority women. 

TRAINING: A B.A. or equivalent degree is required, preferably in a field related to psychology, nursing, social work, or public health. This would be an ideal position for someone seeking additional experience, and possibly journal paper co-authorship on resulting papers, prior to applying to graduate school in one of these fields. We would also consider hiring a current M.S. student if they have at least 19/hours a week available to work on the project. 

JOB DUTIES: The project will require considerable initiative and ability to work independently. The research assistant hired will be charged with establishing relationships with community organizations that serve women victims of violence in the greater Newark area, running PTS awareness and education programs in the community with women victims, recruiting them to participate in the research studies, administering cognitive and neuropsychological assessments, and assisting in analyzing the data and reporting the results. 

** Note: We expect a minimum commitment of one year at no less than 19/hours a week **

HOW TO APPLY: Email Professor Mark Gluck, RU-Newark Neuroscience, at with a copy of your resume, most recent transcript, and a cover letter explaining how your past training and experience and future career goals are a good fit to this position.  More information on our lab is at


In women who are survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, or domestic abuse, there is a wide range of individual differences in the PTS symptoms they may experience. Using both cognitive assessments and brain imaging at the Rutgers University Brain Imaging Center (RUBIC), we will seek to identify neuro-cognitive systems that differ between those with high levels of PTS symptoms as compared to those who have been resilient to these symptoms. Hypothesis: In those with PTS symptoms, we expect: (a) reduced functional activity and sparser brain connectivity in the basal ganglia circuits for cognitive skill learning from rewarding outcomes, and (b) increased activity of the medial temporal lobe responsible for stimulus and event encoding plus increased connectivity with the rest of the brain.  Impact: This will help characterize the cognitive and neural signatures of those most resilient to PTS following traumas, potentially leading to better methods for early detection of PTSD and the development of more personalized approaches to treatment and therapy.