Ray Charles Foundation Scholars Fund in Neurosurgery Invite Applications From Medical Students

With funding from the Ray Charles Foundation, the Ray Charles Foundation Scholars Fund in Neurosurgery provides a unique opportunity for one individual to spend a full year at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where s/he will gain valuable hands-on experience in the neurosciences and learn directly from a team of neuroscience innovators.

The program aims to promote and enhance diversity in the neurosciences by emphasizing student participation from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Available areas of research include nanomedicine, Alzheimer's disease diagnosis and treatment, tumor immunology, blood-brain barrier and drug delivery, and gene therapy and discovery.

Open to undergraduate, graduate, MD, and PhD students with an interest in neuroscience, the program enables a qualified medical student to actively participate in clinical research and get a rare insider's view of cutting-edge neurological research; provide him/her with mentorship opportunities from distinguished neuroscience researchers, including Keith L. Black, MD, neurosurgeon and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai; assists the student in developing relationships with fellow medical students, scientists, and healthcare providers that can contribute to their career development and professional success; and gives him/her the chance to submit research findings at national meetings.

The program will provide a salary dependent on the student's level of education, skills, and research experience. Those attending an HBCU and students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds who meet the eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age; a citizen or permanent resident of the United States; and an undergraduate (sophomore or above), graduate, or medical student with an interest in furthering their education in the field of neuroscience who is able to conduct research in a laboratory directed by Keith L. Black, MD, during the agreed-upon period. (Students must be able to provide their own travel to and from Los Angeles and their own living accommodations during the research program period.)

The deadline to apply is February 28, 2020. Candidates selected for a video interview will be notified by the end of March, with final selection and notification of the winning candidate scheduled for April.

For additional information, including application instructions and complete eligibility criteria, see the Cedars-Sinai website.