The NIH funded Blueprint Program for Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (BP-ENDURE): St. Louis Pipeline is designed to engage exceptional individuals interested in science careers in the lab and the classroom at one of the top research institutions in the nation. Participants will engage in an independent research project under the mentorship of faculty at Washington University in St. Louis while also working with outstanding faculty mentors at their home institutions. The goal is for the participant to pursue a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. in the neurosciences or a related field.



Individuals from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the sciences (African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians) are especially encouraged to apply. We also encourage women, those with disabilities and those from low income, first generation college backgrounds to apply. All level of undergraduates are eligible and participants do not have to have prior research experience. All applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident studying at a U.S. undergraduate program. The dates of the program will be May 30, 2017- August 5, 2017 for the summer and a one year academic year commitment to travel to a conference, conduct research at your home institution and participate in a second summer that is also funded at Washington University or another research intensive university. Participation in a course titled, “Neuroscience Futures” will be required during the academic year via Skype if at a non-St. Louis institution and in person once per week. 

Funding and Features

The stipend for the 2017 program is $5000 and is quite ample to sustain you while in St. Louis. The Pipeline activities include seminars, individualized career counseling, workshops on applying to Ph.D. programs, social activities and much more. The information below will guide you through the application process. We recommend that you complete all of the components of your application as early as possible to ensure all materials are received prior to the deadline.

  • ​Two paid summers and one academic year of intensive, independent neuroscience research
  • Summer participation in the “Teen Brain” Course
  • Mentoring by faculty, near-peers, and other program advisors
  • Preparation for graduate school application
  • GRE preparation
  • Travel to two scientific conferences each year
  • Professional and career development activities and counseling
  • Social and collegial activities​​

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  How will my faculty mentor be assigned?

A.  Accepted students will work with the Director, Dr. Erik Herzog to determine a great mentor.

Q:  How is the stipend paid?

A.  As a Neuroscience Pipeline participant, your stipend will be paid in monthly installments.


2017 Program Dates:  May 30 - August 5, 2017​
More questions?  Please email Program Director, Dr. Erik Herzog, at herzog@wustl.edu or Diana Jose-Edwards at diana.jose-edwards@wustl.edu.

Applications for the 2017 BP-ENDURE Program will be available online beginning November 1st, 2016.  Please check out the Online Application link on the left for more information, instructions and the link to apply.​


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