Summer Program

Summer Enrichment Research Program in Education and Neuroscience Training

The Middle Tennessee Chapter for the Society for Neuroscience (MTNCSfN) summer student program SERPENT (Summer Enrichment Research Program in Education and Neuroscience Training) started in 2011 through a one-time chapter grant from the national organization.

We are now accepting applications for 2017! The deadline to apply is March 1, 2017. You can find the application on the Apply page.

This is a summer research opportunity for undergraduate students in Middle Tennessee to carry out neuroscience research at Vanderbilt University or Meharry Medical College. This program is sponsored by the Middle TN Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience and run in collaboration with the Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy (VSSA), which is an umbrella program for summer undergraduate programs offered through various sources at Vanderbilt. In addition to carrying out cutting edge neuroscience research, the VSSA provides cohesion and camaraderie for participating students in the form of weekly seminars to enhance development in scientific research, educational outreach, ethics, presentation skills, and GRE preparation. The summer culminates in a VSSA research symposium and poster session in which all students present their work. A particularly unique component of SERPENT is that our students also translate their summer research experience into educational materials for middle school children or for the public in general. All undergraduates are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to rising juniors and seniors.

We are seeking a local undergraduate student in the chapter area who is interested in neuroscience and a summer research internship with a science outreach initiative. The student will be paid a stipend, with the level to be determined. Minority students are especially encouraged to apply.

The selected student will be assigned to a faculty member either at Vanderbilt or Meharry who has agreed to mentor a summer student based on student interest. This student will be introduced to the tools used in neuroscience by participating in laboratory research. Additionally, the student will work with a team of mentors to develop educational materials aimed at 5th and 6th grade students focused broadly on their area of research interest. These materials will be distributed to local middle school students the following spring. The purpose is two-fold: 1) to help the student develop communication skills, 2) to open doors for the next generation of young neuroscientists.  You can check out the educational materials from 2011-2013 on our Resources Page.


For information on VSSA go to:


Please submit applications to chapter president Aurelio Galli, Ph.D.


Please submit questions about SERPENT directly to the chapter at:


Applications for the 2017 SERPENT program are now available.   Your donations support SERPENT! Please donate today! Summer Enrichment Research Program in Education and Neuroscience Training Applications are due March 1, 2017.  Please download the PDF or Word application form located below.  Follow the instructions in the form to complete the application. The chapter officers …

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To help support the SERPENT program and our other outreach activities, you can give a tax-deductible donation to MTNCSfN via PayPal.  Pressing the “Donate” button will take you to the secure PayPal website to complete your transaction. Thank you for your support of neuroscience outreach and education in the Middle Tennessee area!   Special Note: …

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