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Institute On Neuroscience (ION) - for High School Students and Teachers

The Institute on Neuroscience (ION) is an eight-week summer program, sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and hosted by Georgia State University, Emory University, and the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. The program is seeking high school students who excel in science, as well as middle and high school teachers.

Each year the ION program kicks off with a Saturday workshop held in May. Then during a 1-week introductory curriculum at Emory University, ION Scholars (both students and teachers) learn about neuroscience through hands-on activities, discussions and readings directed by faculty members, post-doctoral researchers and undergraduate and graduate students. Scholars may also visit research facilities to learn about various techniques, such as positron emission tomography (PET) scanning or electron microscopy. Special workshops throughout the summer focus on scientific communication, science and society, scientific ethics and special topics in neuroscience. ION Teacher Scholars will devote Friday mornings to lesson plan development, while ION Student Scholars will focus on scientific writing. After the introductory curriculum, Student and Teacher Scholars conduct seven-week mentored laboratory research projects at Emory University, Georgia State University, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, or the Marcus Autism Center. The summer program concludes with the annual ION Symposium at which guests hear from guest speakers and the ION Scholars present their work from the summer.

Dates and Registration for Summer 2018 should be available by mid-December.


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