Researchers hope to gain a better visual perspective of the molecular mechanisms of the brain's continual rearrangement of neuronal connections, known collectively as brain plasticity. Gerry Shaw


The UC Davis Advancing Diversity in Neuroscience Research-Honors program supports diverse upper division undergraduate students who plan to pursue advanced degrees and research careers in neuroscience.

ADNR-Honors is a two-year program that begins the summer after sophomore year and extends through spring of senior year. Outstanding juniors (or seniors who have two years left to degree completion), including transfer students, are invited to apply for this program. Students who did not participate in the lower division ADNR program are also eligible to apply.

ADNR and ADNR-Honors are funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.


ADNR-Honors is a two-year program for upper division students.

  • Mentorship by faculty and graduate students in the Neuroscience Graduate Group.
  • Summers includes full-time neuroscience research; and participation in weekly meetings covering topics such as research ethics, effective presentation design, poster presentation, journal club.
  • Academic years includes part-time neuroscience research; journal club; quarterly professional development seminar (BIS 198); presentation of research at a national conference and at the UC Davis Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities Conference; Center for Neuroscience community outreach; special neuroscience research seminars.


  • summer stipends ($5,000) and academic year stipends ($1,000 per quarter)
  • provides funding for conference attendance and participation
  • provides professional development opportunities and advising

ADNR-Honors Participant Obligations

  • commit 24 months to the program
  • engage in research 10 hours per week during the academic year
  • engage in research 40 hours per week during the summer
  • attend all regularly scheduled meetings, program workshops and functions
  • meet regularly with an ADNR Honors adviser
  • register for and attend the BIS 198 seminar quarterly
  • maintain competitive GPA
  • actively engage in their research lab, attend lab meetings etc.