RIKEN BSI Summer Program 2016

Summer Program

The Summer Program is designed to encourage and further the education of young neuroscientists and emerging researchers as they enter the international neuroscience community.
Around 45 international students are typically accepted each year for the Summer Program, which is highly competitive, with only one out of six or seven applicants being selected.

Since its creation in 1999, nearly 200 prominent researchers and more than 500 students have participated in the program. Having undergone a highly competitive selection process the students already have excellent records, but after this program, we hope they excel even more from what they learn in the program, as well as the scientific discussions they have with BSI researchers.

The RIKEN BSI Summer Program Lecture Course has two components. First, a series of lectures by prominent scientists, and second a poster session to be put on by the program participants. These two components are equally important to deepen their insight and enhance their expertise in neuroscience:
While the lectures serve to introduce them to the cutting-edge research being carried out throughout the world, the students' poster session will allow them to share what their colleagues are doing within their laboratories.The poster session is an important part of the program and a significant contribution for everyone involved, as well as for BSI as a whole. We encourage the students to take full advantage of the wonderful opportunities offered by this program to broaden the horizons of their research.

We hope they will all enjoy their time on the RIKEN campus and in the BSI laboratories.

Program Overview

The RIKEN Brain Science Institute (RIKEN BSI), located just outside Tokyo, Japan, offers a summer program to train advanced students interested in brain function. Applicants may choose either a two-month laboratory internship (Plan A) within a RIKEN BSI laboratory, or an intensive 5-day lecture course (Plan B) featuring a distinguished international faculty. Those participating in the internship may also enroll in the lecture course.

Typically, around 45 international students are accepted to the Summer Program each year. Attendees have wide-ranging academic backgrounds and are usually enrolled in graduate courses, or have recently embarked on postdoctoral research. However, candidates holding other positions are encouraged to apply.

Attendees usually reside on/near the RIKEN campus, where they have ample opportunity to interact with invited lecturers, other attendees and RIKEN BSI researchers. Students unable to provide their own financial support will be considered for travel and accommodation bursaries provided by RIKEN BSI.

Plan A: Internship Course

Summer interns will work in a BSI Lab. for two months and participate in the research activities of the host laboratory.

Interns will give a presentation on their work at the end of the course. Potential host laboratories are announced annually from the following list:

Host Laboratories

Plan B: Lecture Course

The lecture course is set up to present both basic concept as well as cutting edge research that will aid in understanding the selected theme. The intensive course is a coherent platform from where a wide variety of important new research and techniques can be demonstrated.