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New Grant Awarded!

We were awarded a new R21 grant from NIDA, titled ” Contributions of Progestins Independently and Interactively with Contraceptive Estrogen to Nicotine Use”. A collaboration with Drs. Heather Bimonte-Nelson (ASU) and Josh Beckmann (UK)!

Check out our talks at CPDD 2022!

We have 3 (!!!) oral presentations at College on Problems of Drug Dependence in Minneapolis, MN this year! Please come see us if you can!

  • Dr. Erin Maher:
Chronic Administration of Synthetic Contraceptive Hormones Alters Nicotine Consumption in an Ethanol Co-Use Model in Ovary-Intact Female Rats. Oral Communication: Nicotine Co-Use Oral Presentation. Tuesday 4 PM – 4:15 PM .Symphony Ballroom III
  • Dr. Shailesh Khatri:
Cocaine Use During Oxycodone Withdrawal Reduces Somatic Signs of Withdrawal and is Associated With Aberrant Accumbens Glutamatergic Plasticity. Oral Communication: Trends in Polysubstance Use. Oral Presentation. Sunday 7:45 PM – 8 PM .Conrad BC
  • Emma Bondy:
Chemogenetic Inhibition of Accumbens Microglia Reduces Nicotine Seeking. Oral Communication: Neuroscience of SUDs I. Oral Presentation. Monday 4 PM – 4:15 PM .Orchestra AB

2021 NIDA Summer Research Internship Program – Student Application

Undergraduate students interested in interning in our lab this coming summer are welcome to apply to the 2021 NIDA Summer Research Internship Program. See application information below.

2021 NIDA Summer Research Internship Program

Application Deadline: February 12, 2021

The NIDA Summer Research Internship Program introduces undergraduate students from underrepresented populations to substance abuse research through internships with NIDA scientists at universities across the United States. The experience may include laboratory experiments, formal courses, data collection activities, data analysis, patient recruitment, patient interviews, manuscript preparation, literature reviews and library research. Internships include a paid 8-week intensive, hands-on substance abuse and addiction research experience that provides students with the opportunity to gain an understanding of the research process. Since the program’s inception in 1997, over 1100 students have gained valuable drug abuse research experience, some of which have continued to pursue a career in substance abuse research.

  • Eligibility
    • This NIDA Summer Research Internship program is designed to train individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences research workforce, to conduct research and to prepare for careers in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences such as individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the NSF to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis (see data at and the report Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering). The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.  In addition, it is recognized that underrepresentation can vary from setting to setting; individuals from racial or ethnic groups that can be demonstrated convincingly to be underrepresented by the grantee institution should be encouraged to participate in this program.  For more information on racial and ethnic categories and definitions, see NOT-OD-15-089.
    • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and citizens or permanent residents of the United States (no exceptions).
    • Individuals who have already participated in the NIDA Summer Research Internship Program are no longer eligible to apply.
  • Scope of Support
    • Undergraduate students receive stipends of $12.00 per hour.  Students are required to work 40 hours/week for a total of 8 weeks. Students placed at non-local sites are eligible for up to $3,000 for travel and housing expenses.
  • How to Apply
  • When to Apply
    • All Application components, including the two letters of recommendation must be submitted online by February 12, 2021.