Neuroscience Post-Baccalaureate Initiative

Current neuroscience graduate students and faculty (left to right) Kathleen Beeson, Antoinette Foster, Letisha Wyatt, and Luci Moore


The OHSU Neuroscience Post-Baccalaureate Initiative is a collaborative effort between the Department of Behavioral NeuroscienceVollum Institute, and the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research, and is aimed at providing sustained research experience and skills development for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds. Scholars accepted as part of this competitive training opportunity will receive a mentored research experience as well as tailored support around academic and professional development.

  • Recent graduate from a 4-year college with no more than 36 months since graduation (graduating seniors are encouraged to apply)
  • Those that identify as an individual from an NIH historically underrepresented group in biomedical sciences (i.e., racial and ethnic groups: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hawaiian Natives, and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands; documented disability; underserved background: low socioeconomic status)
  • Commitment to one year neuroscience laboratory research experience
  • Interest in obtaining a graduate degree (Ph.D.) in a neuroscience-related field

Accepted Scholars receive a competitive research assistant salary and health benefits, mentorship from faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and current graduate students, as well as a strong letter of recommendation from a research mentor and OHSU.

A “matchmaking" system will be used to identify potential research mentors with prospective applicants based on areas of research interest. To help Scholars transition into life in Portland, they will be connected with members of the OHSU and greater Portland community to ensure they have the accommodations necessary to feel comfortable, settled, and integrated into Portland life while completing a post-bacc at OHSU.

Related resource: Visiting and living in Portland

Summer term

  • Scholar orientation
  • Graduate program application prep

Fall term

  • Neuroscience bootcamp and retreats
  • Neuroscience Journal Club
  • Graduate program application prep

Winter term

  • Submit graduate program application(s)
  • Graduate course (optional)
  • Bi-weekly research skills enrichment

Spring term

  • Graduate program interview(s)
  • Bi-weekly professional identity enrichment
  • Graduate course (optional)
  • Completion of research paper
  • Research Week presentation


  • Mentor meetings
  • Events with diverse scholars at OHSU and in the Portland area

Required application materials include:

  1. A completed online application, including a short personal statement and research interest essay (each approximately 500 words max).
  2. A current curriculum vitae or resume.
  3. Two letters of reference from people acquainted with your work. One reference letter should be from a faculty research mentor. Reference letters must be submitted electronically in PDF format and by the due date.
  4. Unofficial transcripts, submitted electronically in PDF format and by the application due date.

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Online applications begin Jan. 1, 2019.

Applications are due by March 1, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. PST.

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Meet our 2018 Scholars

Rachel De La Torre, Portland State University
Lab: Marc Freeman

Katherine Thanyamongkhonsawat, University of Texas, Dallas
Lab: Henrique Von Gersdorff

Braim Luciano Vazquez, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
Lab: Damien Fair