Diversity in Research and Multidisciplinary Neuroscience (DReaM-Neuro) Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship
The goal of the DReaM-Neuro program is to advance the understanding and the representation of underserved and under-represented communities in the field and literature of clinical neuroscience research. Applicants from underrepresented populations in the U.S. biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences research enterprise as defined by the National Institutes of Health are strongly encouraged to apply. In accordance with this goal, the DReaM-Neuro fellow will have opportunities to engage with the diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at LIBR, including such activities as community engagement, training and fellowship, diversity research reading groups and speaker series, and employee education.
The Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR) seeks to recruit a recent college graduate who is highly motivated to gain neuroscientific-based mental health research experience prior to applying for graduate/professional degree programs.
LIBR is a world class clinical neuroscience institute dedicated completely to translational neuroscience research. DReaM-Neuro fellows will work within the laboratory of a LIBR Principal or Associate Investigator to assist in their research activities. Applicants should identify one or two LIBR Investigators with whom they would like to work with.
Job duties to be undertaken by the fellow will be that of a post-baccalaureate research assistant and may include assisting in experimental design, recruiting participants, administering study sessions, collecting and analyzing data, and preparing study results for reports, posters, and manuscripts.
Funds will be made available to the fellow to present their work at conferences. Additionally, DReaM-Neuro fellows will participate in specialized career development trainings to support their transition to advanced doctoral programs (Ph.D, M.D., or similar), including workshops on preparing competitive applications and navigating interview days.
See the DReaM-Neuro Guidelines document for more information.
The DREAM-Neuro fellowship program is for applicants who meet the following criteria:
Note, this is an onsite position only and remote start or remote work options are not available. Funding to cover offset relocation expenses will be available as needed.
Current DReaM-Neuro Fellow (2022-2024)
Lizbeth Rojas is from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She is a first-generation college graduate and received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater in 2022. As an undergraduate student she worked in the Laboratory of Emotion And Psychophysiology (LEAP) under Dr. DeMond Grant focusing on research in anxiety disorders, with an emphasis on electroencephalography. As a DReaM-Neuro Fellow, she will continue her training on electroencephalography and event-related potentials as part of the Neuroscience of American Indian Resilience and Risk (Neu-AIRR) Lab under the mentorship of Dr. Evan White. Lizbeth plans to obtain her PhD in Clinical Psychology, with an overall goal of working as a neuropsychologist. Currently, her research interests focus on the interrelationship between the body and the brain, and how those connections influence psychopathology and cognitive functions, specifically within depression and anxiety disorders. Overall, she hopes to contribute to improving treatment options as well as making them more accessible for individuals with mental health difficulties.
Past DReaM-Neuro Fellow (2020-2022)
Ebony Walker is from Las Vegas, Nevada. She graduated from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. During her undergraduate studies she gained experience in clinical and experimental research laboratories and is now focused on pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Specifically, she is interested in understanding the relationship between emotion regulation and cognitive control deficits in the context of anxiety and mood disorders. Under the mentorship of Dr. Maria Ironside, she is currently working on a neuromodulation study of anxious depression, using fMRI and electrophysiology. As part of the DReaM-Neuro fellowship she is also allotted protected time to carry out research on emotion regulation in depression and anxiety using multi-level data from a large transdiagnostic study of 1000 adults in Tulsa (the T-1000 study). The ultimate goal for her research career is to become a research clinician specializing in the neuroscience of emotion regulation processes in depression and anxiety and applying this knowledge to inform treatment. Through this she aspires to ease the burden of these disorders for patients, their families and society as a whole.
Guidelines and Application Procedure
The next anticipated application window is Spring 2024.