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Summer Undergraduate Research Grant

The NextGen NeuroGeneticists (NG2) Summer Undergraduate Research Grant is an exciting new program that aims to provide undergraduate students the opportunity to perform cutting-edge neurogenetics research at Northwestern University. NG2 is looking for driven undergraduates who are passionate and curious about neurogenetics research to join one of the research teams at the Simpson Querrey Center for Neurogenetics for the summer.

NG2 will provide an attractive stipend to cover living and research expenses for a total of 10 weeks of full-time independent academic and creative work, in a laboratory affiliated with the center.

Our labs specialize in a variety of neurogenetic areas, including identification of disease-causing genetic variants as well as the understanding of neurological disease mechanisms. We study a variety of disorders including ataxia, Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, epilepsy, dystonia and Parkinson’s disease. See a list of all our members and their projects on our Members page.

To apply, contact a center member to determine a project idea and then apply to the Summer Undergraduate Research program. You will automatically be considered for this award; however, awards are limited.

The NG2 grant application deadline is the same as the Office of Undergraduate Research Summer Undergraduate Research Grant, which typically falls in mid-March with applicants informed of the decision by mid-April.


  • Any Northwestern University undergraduate from any major is eligible to apply.
  • The Center for Neurogenetics is committed to increasing diversity in biomedical science, and students from underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Graduating seniors are not eligible, as students must be returning to undergraduate coursework for the fall term.

Terms & Conditions

  • Students can only be awarded one NG2 summer internship grant during their academic career, but they can hold both a summer and an academic-year NG2 grant over the course of their undergraduate career.
  • During the 10-week grant period, students cannot also have an internship, take classes or work (even part time).
  • Students must notify the Office of Undergraduate Research before they accept any additional funding during the period covered by this grant.

For more information, please contact Steven Lubbe, PhD, at