Come train with us!

The Center for Cognitive Aging at the University of Florida offer exceptional training opportunities in neuroscience research. The University of Florida (UF) is comprised of a very broad substrate of colleges and state-of-the-art clinical research facilities. CAM Center faculty are housed in academic departments across the UF campus, including several colleges withn the Health Science Center (HSC) and in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. CAM Center faculty welcome trainees from all academic levels who are passionate about uncovering the mysteries of brain aging and cognitive resilience.

Dr. Tom Foster pointing to research poster surrounded by students

UNDERGRADUATE Research

Volunteer and Research Credit Opportunities

Laboratories within the CAM Center offer numerous opportunities each semester and during summer sessions for dedicated undergraduate students who are interested in conducting preclinical or clinical translational research in cognitive aging. Minimum requirements vary across laboratories but typically include a GPA above 3.0 and between 10-12 hours of availability each week. Undergraduates who have trained with CAM Center faculty have gone on to attend prestigious graduate and medical schools, including Mt. Sinai, Dartmouth, Columbia, and Boston University. Interested students should browse the list of faculty and contact: Dr. Jennifer Bizon (bizonj@ufl.edu) for more information

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Summer Neuroscience Internship Program (SNIP)

SNIP is a 10-week paid research internship hosted by the UF Department of Neuroscience, and the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute. SNIP trainees engage in research with CAM Center faculty to learn about the latest technologies and methodologies being employed to elucidate brain aging and cognitive changes across the lifespan. The SNIP program aims to support college students from diverse backgrounds who seek to pursue doctoral (Ph.D.) training in neuroscience and prepare for rewarding careers in biomedical research, education and enterprise. Applications are accepted from college students within and from outside of the University of Florida. Students must be currently enrolled at US-based institutions and not already accepted into postgraduate programs. All students interested in a neuroscience research career, and especially women and groups that remain disproportionately under-represented in the sciences, are encouraged to apply.

portrait of 2019 SNIP cohort

Graduate Training

Prospective Students

Graduate students have the option to train with CAM Center faculty through several programs across the UF campus. Explore below to find the academic program that best aligns with you background and future career goals. All of these programs are aligned with the McKnight Brain Institute (MBI), which serves as an umbrella for neuroscience research at UF and offers a plethora of training opportunities available to students across all of these graduate programs to enhance and augment the trainee experience within the neurosciences at UF.

grad student opportunities

Department of Neuroscience

Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience Concentration

All students enrolled in the Neuroscience program will work towards obtaining a Ph.D. degree through the College of Medicine.

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department of Clinical and Health Psychology

Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology

Accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1953, the doctoral program in clinical psychology adheres to the Scientist-Practitioner Model of education and training.

Russell Bauer lab

Department of Psychology

Ph.D. in Psychology

This degree is designed for students pursuing the Ph.D. in Psychology. The department offers four specialty areas: behavior analysis, developmental, neurobehavioral and cognitive sciences, and social psychology

researcher doing a study

College of Pharmacy

Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences

The UF College of Pharmacy offers a doctoral degree in Pharmaceutic Sciences with five unique concentrations and research areas. These inter-related training opportunities span the entire life cycle of a drug.

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Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctoral Training Opportunities

The CAM Center and the broader UF neuroscience community is a stellar environment for postdoctoral training. CAM Center scientists have an outstanding record of success in assisting trainees to secure NIH training awards, including National Research Service awards and K99/R00 transition to independence awards. Former post-doctoral trainees currently tenure-track faculty at University of South Carolina, University of Texas, Austin, and University of Alabama, Birmingham.

trainee being taught by faculty

Specialized Training Programs

Dept. of Neuroscience

Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) T32

This T32 program is aimed at understanding connections between AD and other dementias, and the risk factors and comorbidities associated with them, to offer insights into the disease and afford novel targets for patient care.

DEPT. OF CLINICAL AND HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY

Physical, Cognitive, and Mental Health in Social Context T32

This predoctoral training grant supports advanced graduate students pursuing a Ph.D. in a behavioral or clinical discipline, and who are seeking research training in cognitive and functional aging.

DEPT. OF Clinical and Health Psychology

Interdisciplinary Training in Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration T32

The goal of this program is to train predoctoral students through programs of research in movement disorders that focus on the ABCs of translational research: Aetiology, biomarkers/phenotypes, causative and/or symptom based therapies.

Dept. of Epidemiology

Translational Science Training to Reduce the Impact of Alcohol on HIV Infection

The overall objective of this T32 training program is to train and mentor the next generation of researchers who have the skills, knowledge and experience to improve health outcomes in those affected by alcohol and HIV

Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence

Integrative and Multidisciplinary Pain and Aging Research Training (IMPART)

The IMPART Program provides research training for postdoctoral fellows interested in pain and aging research.