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The Robert Packard Center for ALS research at Johns Hopkins is launching a program to support the education, mentorship and career development of talented undergraduates from diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented minority students and students from economically disadvantaged or underserved backgrounds, who are considering a career in neuroscience.

The Scholars Program offers students the opportunity to be mentored by leading Packard neuroscientists from prestigious institutes across the US and Europe. Scholars will engage in individual small group discussions (held virtually) to help promote their understanding of neuroscience, ALS, and how to prepare for a successful career. The Packard Center will provide programming including a regular series of virtual seminars, discussion sessions, and social events with other Packard Scholars and researchers. These events will help build a collaborative and engaging environment to support the Scholar and their career development.

A limited number of Packard Scholars will also be given the opportunity to complete a 10-week summer internship at a leading university (Johns Hopkins University, Mass. General Hospital/Harvard or University of Michigan) with their mentor. The paid internship will provide hands-on research experience in the lab, accommodations and up to $600 in reimbursable travel expenses.

Who should apply?
Talented undergraduates from a diverse, underrepresented or disadvantaged background who have a strong interest in the field of neuroscience.

Application deadline is February 1, 2022 for Spring 2022.

For more information regarding the program and application process, contact:  Suzanne Connelly (

IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to complete the application, you will need to upload the following information. It is very helpful if you assemble all of this information before completing the form.

  • Statement of Interest: On a separate sheet of paper (and saved as a PDF), please describe your interests and what you hope to accomplish by participating in this internship program. If you have done research before, please comment on how this internship builds upon your prior work. Maximum 250 words.
  • Recent Photo
  • Resume/CV (saved as a PDF)
  • 2 reference letters (saved as PDFs): These can be from a current or past teacher, mentor, counselor of supervisor.

To Apply:

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