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The Neuroscience School

Neuroscience education for tomorrow's thinkers

Exciting college-prep environment. The program helps students prepare to pursue undergraduate science majors. Scholars finish the program excited about neuroscience, with an interest in exploring neuroscience-related academic and professional careers.

Program Details:

The Neuroscience School at Georgia State University is offering two summer short course opportunities for high school students. The program seeks students who enjoy science and have particular interests in neuroscience.

Short Course 1: Neuroscience Boot Camp
The Neuroscience Boot Camp aims to engage students in college-level introductory neuroscience topics, such as neurons and neurotransmission; brain anatomy; learning, memory, and plasticity; sensory systems; motor systems; and neurological diseases. The format includes lecture and discussion, hands-on bench science in core research facilities, and some homework. Courses will be taught by Georgia State University faculty members, post-doctoral research associates, and graduate or undergraduate student teaching assistants. This is a great opportunity to learn neuroscience from experts in the field and to network with like-minded peers.

NEW Short Course 2: Advanced Topics in Neuroscience:Neurological Disorders
New for 2017, we offer an advanced short course on neurological disorders, which are diseases of the brain, spinal cord, and/or peripheral nerves. Given that the nervous system controls other bodily organs, the effects of neurological disorders are often severe and sometimes devastating. We will explore mental and mood disorders (e.g. addiction, depression), movement disorders (e.g. dystonia, tremor, chorea), sensory system dysfunction (e.g. deafness, sensory processing disorder, chronic pain, phantom limb syndrome), neurodegenerative conditions (Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Lou Gehrig's diseases), developmental disruptions (neural tube defects, microcephaly, autism spectrum disorder, fetal alcohol syndrome), and more. In each case, symptoms, prevalence, etiology, treatment, and research models will be introduced using text books, case studies, and research reports. This is a great opportunity to refine your interests in neuroscience and meet some local experts in clinical neuroscience. While helpful to have already taken the Neuroscience Boot Camp, it is not required.

Note: All participants must be at least 16 years of age by the start of the courses, and can only take the courses if parents or guardians complete required permissions related to visiting research facilities.

Students are expected to provide their own transportation between their homes and the program site on a daily basis. Students are also expected to provide their own meals. Housing will not be arranged for participants from outside Atlanta.


Summer 2017 Dates:

  • June 12-16, M-Fri, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM - Neuroscience Boot Camp
  • June 19-23, M-Fri, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM- Advanced Topics in Neuroscience: Neurological Disorders
  • July 10-14, M-Fri, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM - Neuroscience Boot Camp
  • July 17-21, M-Fri, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM - Advanced Topics in Neuroscience: Neurological Disorders

Application Process:

  • Rolling admissions will begin in January, for applicants who meet program requirements, submit completed application materials, and pay tuition deposit.
  • Full tuition payment due prior to course start. (In the absence of full tuition payment, slots will be given to wait listed applicants.)
  • Admissions will close when courses are full. Courses limited to 20 participants.


  • 2017 Tuition: $500 per week
  • Limited need-based financial aid available: Inquire by emailing The Neuroscience School if you qualify for free or reduced lunch at your high school and can provide documentation.


  • Georgia State University, Downtown Campus
    Petit Science Center: 100 Piedmont Avenue SE, Atlanta, Georgia 30303
  • Transportation: Please visit the links below for GSU campus map, MARTA (GSU stop is closest).

For More Information Contact:

Jennifer Walcott
Program Coordinator

Kyle Frantz, PhD
Program Director
Center for Behavioral Neuroscience
Georgia State University

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PO Box 5090, Atlanta, GA 30302-5090
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