There are two ways to become involved with neuroscience research at NYU. One is to research the labs you might be interested in working with and then reach out to them directly to see if they are accepting volunteers. The other is to apply to the officially posted positions here. *Note that this listing is not comprehensive and there may be labs who are willing to take on volunteers who haven't posted a position. Lab research can be undertaken on a completely voluntary basis or it can used to apply for independent study credit.
Resources for How to Get the Most Out of Your Research Experience
- Please see here for guidance from current Director of Undergraduate Studies Chiye Aoki.
- And here for a video on this topic from former Director of Undergraduate Studies Wendy Suzuki from March 2021.
Volunteer HR Registration and Lab Access
NYU requires any unpaid volunteer opportunity at NYU that is not part of a requirement for a degree or course be registered with NYU’s Human Resources. Volunteers must also be registered with HR in order to get key card access to restricted areas. To meet these requirements, any student who volunteers in a CNS lab will need to work with CNS's payroll manager) and their P.I. to complete the necessary HR paperwork.
Independent Study Exception: Students who are registered for a neural science independent study, receiving credit for their lab work as a part of the course, will not need to go through the HR registration process unless they need key card access to restricted areas. However, this is only the case for the semester in which the independent study is registered. If students would like to extend their time in the lab through the summer or into a future semester, where they are not registered for independent study credit, they will need to apply.
Please see the links on the right for more information.