Undergraduate Research Awards

The Brown Institute for Brain Science offers summer undergraduate research experiences in coordination with the University Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award (UTRA) program.

The Brown University deadline for UTRA applications for Summer 2014 is February 10, 2014 at 5pmBrown's UTRA program.

During summer 2014 the Brown Institute for Brain Science (BIBS) will support up to seven (7) undergraduate summer research awards as funding permits, including three (3) Siravo Awards in Epilepsy Research (see below for special requirements of the Siravo Awards).  Applications that are not awarded a BIBS-specific UTRA will still be considered for funding through the University-wide pool of UTRA funding.

The Brown Institute for Brain Science (BIBS) supports undergraduates to pursue brain science research during the summer. Undergraduates who have identified an interdisciplinary research project with a faculty member affiliated with BIBS are invited to apply. Preference is given to students who engage in research projects in a laboratory outside their concentration or core discipline, for instance, a student in physical science, engineering, or computer science who works in a biology laboratory, or a basic science student who engages in a clinical research project. Summer research that will lead to an honors thesis is given priority. Women and minority students are encouraged to apply.

The Brown Institute for Brain Science Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards Program follows all Brown University UTRA guidelines.
Visit the Dean of the College's Web site for general UTRA information and to apply.

***Be sure to indicate on your application at the end of the Project Description that you would like to be considered for a BIBS UTRA or a BIBS Siravo Award in Epilepsy***

BIBS UTRAs are funded by:

• Warren Galkin ’51.

• Thomas J. ('86) and Jennifer J. Pincince

• Matty Fund (The Matthew Siravo Memorial Foundation)

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Matthew Siravo Undergraduate Awards in Epilepsy

The Matty Fund (Matthew Siravo Memorial Foundation) funds undergraduate student summer research awards through the Brown Institute for Brain Science. The awards will provide qualified Brown undergraduate students each with a $3,000 stipend to take part in a 10-week summer research program. The goal is to give undergraduates:


· laboratory research experience on an epilepsy-related project working with a Brown faculty member

· education into the clinical realities of how patients live with epilepsy and how doctors treat it

· encouragement to work toward improving the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of epilepsy

Awardees will spend 35 hours per week for 10 weeks during the summer conducting basic or applied research related to epilepsy or other seizure disorders in the laboratory of a faculty member affiliated with the Brown Institute for Brain Science. Awardees will also spend three days during the summer shadowing a physician who treats patients with epilepsy. This physician can work in either a hospital or outpatient setting, but must be of faculty rank in Brown’s Alpert Medical School. The Brown Institute for Brain Science will assist awardees in identifying an appropriate physician. At the end of the summer program, the awardees will submit a one-page summary of their research experience to the Brown Institute for Brain Science. Brown undergraduates eligible for the research awards must be in good academic standing and must be life or physical science concentrators.

About the Matthew Siravo Memorial Foundation

The Awards are in honor of Matthew Siravo, a five-year old boy who died unexpectedly due to a prolonged seizure on Mother’s Day in 2003. The Matthew Siravo Memorial Foundation is the only Rhode Island non-profit organization to provide research funding, educational and awareness programs, scholarships and camp sponsorships to children with epilepsy. They have the state’s only Epilepsy Resource Center in Wakefield, Rhode Island.


The Brown Institute for Brain Science Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards follows all UTRA guidelines.

Apply online through the UTRA Web site.
Be sure to indicate that you are applying for a Brain Science UTRA.