Crest D-MAP Undergraduate Summer Research Program

D-MAP is launching its second summer program cohort for undergraduates. The summer program pays a stipend of $4000 to engage full-time in research and professional development.

D-MAP at GSU is a Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) Summer Program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The CREST promotes the development of new knowledge, enhancements of the research productivity of individual faculty, and the expanded presence of students historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. D-MAP stands for the Center for Dynamic Multiscale and Multimodal Brain Mapping Across the Lifespan, reflecting the research interests of faculty and students to understand how the brain changes over the lifespan using various neuroimaging, data mining, analysis, machine learning, data visualization, and neuroinformatics technologies.

Summer 2023 Timeline

January 12       Virtual Session 1: CASA Paid Research Assistantship Application Informational

January 13       Virtual Session 2: CASA Paid Research Assistantship Application Informational

February 12     Paid Assistantship Application Deadline 11:59 PM  

February 27     Program Interviews Begin

March 3           Notification of Program Invitation

March 9           Program Acceptance Due

March 28*^     Mentor-Mentee Match Program

March 29         Mentoring Compacts

April 14*         Program Orientations

May 3              Celebration of Students

May 30*^        Summer Program Launch Orientation (May 30 – June 1) 

June 2*            First day on their research team

June 7*            Professional Development Workshop begins (Every week for 10 wks)

August 2*        Closing Research Summer Symposium

^Required events for mentors 

*Required events for students awarded a CASA fellowship

Applications for the CREST D-MAP 2023 Summer Program are now closed. 


  • For an application preview visit >>> CASA Research Assistantship Application. Please note that this sample application includes all programs; questions appearing on each application will be based on selected programs.
  • Applications will not be reviewed if they do not meet the minimum word requirements for each short-answer and essay text box.
  • Make sure to include an unofficial copy of your transcript with your name, GPA, and total credit hours visible. You can access this information through PAWS.
  • Application DEADLINE: February 12, 2023 @ 11:59 PM 


  • Full-time, baccalaureate degree-seeking student at a US college or university
  • U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent resident
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Individuals from demographic groups underrepresented in STEM fields are especially encouraged to apply (including those who identify as African American/African descent/Black, Hispanic/Latino Latina, Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian, or Native Alaskan, individuals with documented disabilities, students receiving Pell Grant financial aid, and/or first-generation college-bound students)
  • Students may apply from outside the Atlanta, GA area. CREST is not responsible for providing or assisting with housing or housing information. Meals are not included. 

 Desired Characteristics

  • Motivated to conduct research with a faculty member, although prior research experience is not required
  • All applicants must be hard-working, collaborative, persistent, and curious, with high attention to detail and good time management skills

 Students will be…

  • Expected to work with research teams for 35 hours per week and reserve 5 hours per week for workshops and program-associated tasks.
  • Required to attend weekly workshops and complete workshop and program-associated tasks.
  • Expected to present a research poster at the closing research symposium in early August.
  • Strongly discouraged from taking University-level courses during the program.
  • Receiving a $4000 summer stipend


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