Help recruit the brightest for OHSU’s Neuroscience Postbaccalaureate Initiative

The first cohort of the OHSU Neuroscience Postbaccalaureate Initiative

Spread the word to your colleagues at other institutions: The OHSU Neuroscience Postbaccalaureate Initiative provides qualified scholars a yearlong in-depth research experience in laboratories that match their interests. The application deadline is March 1 for the 2019 program, which begins in July.

Informational webinar
Monday, Feb. 18, 1 to 2 p.m. PST
Letisha Wyatt, Ph.D., director of the initiative, will provide information and answer questions.
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Who is eligible?

Recent graduates from a 4-year college (or graduating seniors who identify as from an NIH underrepresented group and are interested in obtaining a graduate degree in a neuroscience-related field. Full-year commitment required. See the complete details under “Who should apply?

Comprehensive training

The research experience provides:

  • A competitive Research Assistant salary and health benefits
  • Preparation for successful application and completion of a graduate program
  • Mentored support from faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and current grad students
  • Skill-building enrichment sessions via journal clubs, courses, and seminars related to research necessities (e.g., data analytics and writing) and scientific identity (e.g, presenting and communication)
  • A strong letter of recommendation provided by research mentor and OHSU graduate program director supporting graduate applications

Pictured above are students in the first cohort of the initiative: Rachel De La Torre (lab: Marc Freeman, Ph.D., Vollum Institute), Braim Luciano Vazquez (lab: Damien Fair, P.A.-C., Ph.D., Department of Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine), Katherine Thanyamongkhonsawat (lab: Henrique Von Gersdorff, Ph.D., Vollum Institute)

The yearlong in-depth research experience is comprehensive, with experiences from lab rotations and growth sessions on academic culture to research methods and writing a research paper. Trainees learn to network at events with OHSU and Portland-area scholars. See details of the four terms under “Program at a glance.”

Scholars are included in special events throughout the year. This includes an annual retreat the Neuroscience Graduate Program and Department of Behavioral Neuroscience host for all students and faculty. Scholars also will participate in a boot camp for first-year graduate students that covers neuroscience methods.

Find out more

Visit the Neuroscience Post-Baccalaureate Initiative website. Application deadline is March 1, 2019. Please contact us at with your questions.