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"Great doors have opened up for me because of the BRAIN Program...BRAIN was the best thing that could have ever happened to me."


"I am having a fantastic senior year, due to the wonderful research experience I had in the BRAIN Program...As I will be graduating in the spring, I am beginning to plan for my post-graduate career. I am currently interested in attending graduate school for neuroscience, but I would like to take 1-2 years off beforehand and hope to find work as a research assistant in order to refine my specific research interests and to gain more lab experience."


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The BRAIN Program will not be offered in 2015.

The BRAIN Program for students from across the USA who are interested in neuroscience took a hiatus in Summer 2014. We regret that due to a lack of funding, the program must be discontinued, and will not return in Summer 2015.

Our graduate programs at CBN member institutions are vibrant as ever, and we encourage applications from college seniors interested in pursuing the study of neuroscience here in Atlanta.

Behavioral Research Advancements in Neuroscience (BRAIN) - History

Behavioral Research Advancements in Neuroscience was the hallmark program of the undergraduate education arm of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN), a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center. The program consisted of a 10-week summer research and education experience. BRAIN grew naturally from the scientific and education missions of CBN's member institutions, which are committed to increasing student interest in behavioral neuroscience and, ultimately, in the pursuit of research and other science careers (e.g. science policy, science education, and science journalism).

Students accepted into the BRAIN program were randomly placed into one of two program formats. One format called "LeftBRAIN" was a professional training experience similar to programs for practicing scientists offered at Woods Hole, Cold Spring Harbor, or Friday Harbor. BRAIN Fellows worked in a single lab facility with a rotating team of outstanding instructors to develop skills using various research techniques such as behavior analysis, pharmacology, electrophysiology, and/or molecular biology. The other format called "RightBRAIN" was an individual lab format, in which Fellows worked with individual Mentors to join ongoing research projects using techniques available in the Mentors’ labs. Both program formats concluded with the BRAIN Research Symposium, featuring poster presentations describing research mini-grant proposals developed by the LeftBRAIN Fellows, or the research projects worked on by RightBRAIN Fellows.


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