October 2, 2023

Applications for the 2024 program are expected to open November 1st.
The UW Medicine Department of Neurological Surgery Summer Student Program provides “Bench to Bedside” exposure in the field of neurosciences.

Established in 2008 by Richard G. Ellenbogen, M.D., Professor and Chair of the UW Department of Neurological Surgery, the program provides students seeking summer lab placements the opportunity to explore basic and clinical neurosciences.

Our hope is that students will be so excited by their work that they will desire to pursue an academic career in research and/or medicine.

Our mission is to recruit and educate a wide spectrum of students from diverse backgrounds, focusing on those under-represented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), and broaden their knowledge base in the field of biomedical research, including translational, clinical and basic research; and to inspire students to pursue a career in research, medicine or allied fields, especially in Neuroscience.

We are proud to announce that the program has recently received NIH support.

Participation Includes:

Eight week lab placement in one of our neuroscience labs
Neurological surgery OR observations
Neurological surgery clinical observations
Weekly Neurological Surgery Grand Round Lectures
Weekly Neuroscience Faculty Lectures
Weekly Neurological Surgery Resident Education Hour discussions
Student presentation of individual program focus

Stipends are set by the NIH at $3,200 over 8 weeks for college students and $2,667 for high school students. (Note: high school or recent high school graduates must be 18 years of age or older to participate.) Program sponsored housing is available for 3-4 out of area students.
Every year our department invites a group of talented and highly motivated students interested in Neurosciences to participate in our 8-week Neurological Surgery Summer Student Program. This consists of a lab placement, attendance at Neurological Surgery Grand Rounds, OR observations, Friday talks by faculty to this group, and a final student PowerPoint presentation and graduation in front of family, friends and mentors. Founded in 2008, the program has placed 171 high school and college undergraduate students (including 9 Rainier Scholars) age 18 and older from 90 different schools in the program. We have had over 1500 applicants from 43 states and territories. Students have participated in 20 different laboratories hosted by 24 faculty members. They have attended over 148 unique Neurological Surgery Grand Rounds presentations and observed over 500 surgical procedures and clinical shadowing opportunities by following 23 different attending neurological surgeons and 2 different neuro-hospitalists at three different UW-affiliated hospitals. Students have also participated in 92 weekly student group presentations by 27 different faculty members. Although still a very young program, over 25 students from earlier classes have gone on to neuroscience, medical school, or Ph.D. neuroscience programs. We actively encourage students of color and limited means to participate and are proud to be an intern site for the Rainier Scholars program.

Tentative Summer 2024 Dates

Applications Open: 11/1/2023
Applications Deadline: 1/1/2024
Admissions Notification: 3/1/2024 – 3/15/2024
Program-Sponsored Housing Check-In: 6/16/2024
Program Orientation: 6/17/2024
Program Start Date: 6/17/2024
Program End Date: 8/9/2024
Program-Sponsored Housing Check-Out: 8/10/2024

2023 NSSSP Program Stats

Number of applications: 449
Number of students accepted: 14
Average GPA of accepted students: 3.86
Number of states from which applicants applied: 43