Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)

Hunter College
New York, NY.
Type Basic Science Research


The CTBR’s Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) is an 8-week program that gives undergraduates hands-on experience in one of 53 research laboratories at Hunter College, CUNY in NYC. Our goal is to train and encourage undergraduate students to pursue graduate study in biomedical research, and in drug abuse/addiction and neuroscience.

SPUR is now supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)  through a R25 grant. NIDA’s mission is to lead the nation’s scientific research on prevention, treatment, and consequences of drug addiction. This funding enables us to offer students the opportunity to select from two specialized research tracks.


Undergraduate applicants must

  • Be US citizens or permanent residents
  • Be a current college student
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.0
  • Be a major in biology, chemistry, biopsychology, biophysics or biotechnology, or another biomedical research area
  • Have completed at least one year of coursework in their major prior to joining SPUR

Members of minority groups underrepresented in science such as African Americans, Latinos, or Native Americans are especially encouraged to apply.

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