Columbia Access Neuroscience (CAN)

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The program intends to encourage participation of underrepresented students in Neuroscience research. The program is designed for undergraduate students in their sophomore, junior and senior year as well as recent graduates with an interest in doctoral level training in neuroscience. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens, permanent residents or individuals holding DACA status to qualify and meet at least one of the following criteria to apply.

Individuals from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group defined by the National Science Foundation. These groups include Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, individuals who are first generation U.S. Citizens or first generation in their families to attend a four-year college, individuals who have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances, individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

Track 1: Are you a student curious about a scientific career?

  • Learn about life as a PhD student
  • Learn about neuroscience research

Track 2: Are you a student or recent graduate applying to PhD programs?

  • Get feedback on your graduate application 
  • Network with faculty and students


  • Filled out application form
  • A personal Statement
  • One letter of recommendation is required, two letters optional

CAN Applications for the 2024 Cycle are closed. More information about CAN 2025 will come in the following months.