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Two categories of awards are available for 2019. For both categories, under-represented minorities (e.g., women in neuroscience, racial/ethnic minorities, low-income background) will be given highest priority. We expect to be able to fund 4-6 awards across both categories in the range of $2,000-$7,000 per award.

Diversity Summer Research Awards

For undergraduates who would like to spend the summer working full-time in a research lab but do not have the financial means to do so. The summer research experience can be in a lab in which the student is already working at their home institution or in a lab at a different university.  

Career Transition Awards

For graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who would benefit from having an additional senior mentor at a different institution collaborate on an existing project, advise them on a future study design, analysis, or a manuscript in preparation, and/or advise on navigating a career in science. The stipends (to be split between advisors and trainees) will support the forging of a new mentor-mentee relationship that did not previously exist. The SRNDNA committee has noted that the most successful junior faculty candidates in recent years often had outside senior colleagues that they were able to lean on for advice and support through their years of training. However, these relationships can be challenging to initiate on your own. We will prioritize applications seeking a mentor in a completely different field. 

Apply here

Application Deadline: December 31, 2019



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Career Transition Awards


Daisy Burr (Dartmouth)
Lindsay Conner (University of Central Florida)
Marilyn Horta (University of Florida)
Sharon Noh (University of Texas Austin)
Sara Fernandez Rodriguez Cabello (University of Salzburg)
Shai Porat (University of Southern California)



Daisy Burr (Dartmouth)

Daisy researches how changes in emotional experiences influence decision making across adulthood using experience sampling and functional neuroimaging methods.


Anastasia Buyalskaya (California Institute of Technology)


Zhihao Zhang (UC Berkeley)

Dr. Zhang studies how semantic memory influences and constrains value-based decision-making, and how changes in memory over the lifespan and in neurodegenerative diseases affect decision-making.


Tanisha Hill-Jarrett (Michigan)

Dr. Tanisha Hill-Jarrett’s project seeks to examine how historical inequities in early education affect the cognitive trajectory of older African American adults.


Debbie Yee (WashU/Brown)

Debbie plans to investigate the neural and computational mechanisms of motivational valence on effortful task engagement and decision-making as it relates to changes across the human lifespan. 


Andrea Mejia (University of Florida)

Diversity Summer Research Awards


Brandon Carone (UCLA)
Michael Gordon (University of Central Florida)
Samantha Linhares (University of Pennsylvania)



Katherine Senn

Katherine is interested in understanding how potential changes in older adults' decision making cause them to appear excessively trusting.


Lily Alvarado (Arizona)

Lily is interested in investigating how older adults’ exploration strategy relate to their cognitive abilities.


Samira Maboudian (Berkeley)

Samira interested in studying how to quantify memory deficits due to neurodegeneration and how these deficits affect decision-making. 


Christian Benitez (Duke)

Christian’s project focuses on determining whether social interventions can be used to increase physical activity in older adults.  


Aiyanna Kimble (Duke)

Aiyanna’s project focuses on determining whether social interventions can be used to increase physical activity in older adults.