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Department: Summer Neuro-Imaging Research Program (SNIRP)
Number of positions available: 4
- Location of internship: Physician Practice
- Approximate dates of internship: TBD – Summer
- Preferred days of the week: Monday – Friday, varies
- Preferred hours: Varies
Preferred degree program:
- Students currently enrolled in: Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree program
- With a concentration or focus in: Limited to Students of Furman, Clemson and USC Columbia. Pre-health, neuroscience, or computer science related discipline
Description of internship position:
To provide a brain imaging research opportunity to undergraduate studentsSNIRP interns will gain an understanding of how brain imaging tools are used in conjunction with clinical and biological data to investigate brain structure and function in health and disease.SNIRP interns will learn to use technologies that are fundamental for brain imaging research, such as the linux operating system and Bourne shell, and several imaging applications such as FreeSurfer or SPM.SNIRP interns will recognize the importance of collaboration in neuroimaging research, by engaging with a multidisciplinary research team as they complete their project.
Brain imaging research is complex. Successful SNIRP interns must be willing to engage with a mentor many months before the beginning of the 10-week, full-time, summer research elective. During these preparatory months, a series of meetings will be held with a research mentor and other team members to (a) choose a novel or existing project to develop/pursue, (b) define the research hypothesis, (c) prepare protocols necessary for institutional review board (IRB) approval, including an informed consent form for prospective studies, and (d) clarify key learning issues that should be addressed before the start of the 10-week internship. Once the internship begins, the goal will be to acquire the data/measures defined during the preparatory phase so that the research hypotheses can be addressed. At the end of the 10-week internship, SNIRP inters will present their “progress to date.” Students are encouraged to carry the project through to completion if possible, and this may require additional time commitment beyond the conclusion of the 10-week internship. Those students who are unable or unwilling to make such a commitment are asked to make this clear at the beginning of the preparatory phase, so that a circumscribed project with greater likelihood of completion in 10 weeks can be developed.
SNIRP interns will gain an understanding of how brain imaging tools are used in conjunction with clinical and biological data to investigate brain structure and function in health and disease. SNIRP interns will learn to use technologies that are fundamental for brain imaging research, such as the linux operating system and Bourne shell, and several imaging applications such as FreeSurfer or SPM. SNIRP interns will reach out to other local, regional, or national experts for technical (e.g., statistics, computing hardware/software, magnetic resonance imaging), clinical (e.g., psychology, genetics), and biological expertise. SNIRP interns will recognize the importance of collaboration in neuroimaging research, by engaging with a multidisciplinary research team as they complete their project. SNIRP interns will become proficient enough with these neuroimaging research tools to pursue their research projects remotely after completing the 10-week summer internship. To achieve this degree of proficiency, interns must demonstrate during their NIRC Lab interactions with their mentor(s) that they can utilize the linux environment and the applicable software resources required for their particular project. SNIRP interns will demonstrate their grasp of collaboration through the number of co-authors on their posters, presentations, and publications.
Is a stipend available? No
Is academic credit available? Yes
Notes to applicants:
Students are encouraged to submit applications prior to 12/19/21 for first consideration.
Prior SNIRP participants are strongly encouraged to apply.
Clemson students may obtain academic credit through HLTH 4200 and BIOL 4890/4891.
Furman students have a few options to apply for credit or stipend including the Summer Intern Fellowship and related gifts program.
USCSOMG students are welcome to apply.