Bridge to PhD in Neurosciences Program

An NIH-funded ENDURE program

Program Overview

ENDURE (Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences) is a series of interrelated programs designed to develop students for PhD programs in Neurosciences, Biomedical, and Behavioral Sciences. The program is designed to develop students' interest and success as graduate scholars in PhD programs. Our future scholars have the opportunity to perform research at a lab with biomedical and/or behavioral areas, with interest in learning underlying neural mechanisms of these. The program provides room and board, travel expenses, stipend ($4,500) and health insurance during the summer program. Students completing the fall semester at MSU receive these benefits as well as tuition for their fall courses.

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Application Information & Deadline

Applications for Summer 2024 will be accepted October 15th, 2023 through February 9th, 2024.

To apply to the program of interest, follow these steps:

  1. Fill out the application form.
  2. Review the research faculty and identify three faculty you are interested in working with at MSU. You will need to provide three faculty names on your application form.
  3. Attach a personal statement and a copy of your academic transcripts to the online application. The personal statement should be one page and should include: 
    • brief description your career goal
    • previous research experience (if any)
    • how will the ENDURE program help you achieve your goal
    • how it will help you toward your long-term goal
  4. The referee should send the letter of recommendation directly to with the subject: [Last name of applicant] Letter of Recommendation. If you have already completed one summer research experience then one of the three required letters of recommendation must be from your summer research mentor. 
  5. The Selection Committee will announce the selected students in January.

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