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Request for Applications: Autism Science Foundation 2014 Undergraduate Summer Research
Applications Due: April 18, 2014
Notification of Awards: May, 2014
The Autism Science Foundation invites applications from highly qualified undergraduates interested in pursuing basic and clinical research relevant to autism spectrum disorders during the summer.
The proposed research must be scientifically linked to autism or a closely related field. Autism Science Foundation will consider all areas of related basic and clinical research including but not limited to: human behavior across the lifespan (language, learning, communication, social function, epilepsy, sleep, self-injurious behavior, catatonia), neurobiology (anatomy, development, neuro-imaging), pharmacology, neuropathology, human genetics, genomics, epigenetics, epigenomics, immunology, molecular and cellular mechanisms, studies employing model organisms and systems, and studies of treatment and service delivery.
Autism Science Foundation will make a number of Awards determined by its available financial resources. Research must be conducted in a university-based laboratory or in the field under the supervision of a highly qualified mentor for a period of no less than 8 weeks.
Awards of $3000 will be made directly to the university sponsoring the research. Of this, the university must pay $2500 directly to the student as a stipend; $500 shall be used for lab expenses and indirect university costs. This award cannot be used to directly cover tuition payments. The sponsoring university is responsible for withholding any taxes required by law.
Priority will be given to student/mentor teams that can partner with existing undergraduate research programs on campus so that the undergraduate can have a cohort of peers over the summer, even if it's not autism specific.
Applicants for summer undergraduate research awards must be currently enrolled undergraduates in good standing in a program in the United States leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. The summer research may take place at a university other than the one where the student is enrolled as an undergraduate. The mentor should be faculty at the university where the research will take place. The research itself may take place on or off campus (i.e. in a school, at a job site employing individuals with autism, at a summer camp, etc) as long as it is supervised by an experienced mentor.
Note: We cannot fund students enrolled in universities outside of the United States, but can fund non US-citizens enrolled in U.S. universities.
The proposed mentor must hold a tenured or tenure-track faculty appointment (or equivalent) at an accredited institution of higher education or health/medical/research institution in the United States, and must be an established and active investigator in some aspect of autism research. Each mentor may support only one candidate per summer.