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Please consider serving as a research mentor in the summer ION program for high school students.

Brief program description is provided below. Please contact Kyle Frantz, Ph.D., at Georgia State University for more information or to volunteer as a mentor.

ION/TEACH – Institute On Neuroscience

Important Dates:
Tentative Program Dates: June 4 – July 27, 2018
Tentative Research Mentoring Dates: June 11 – July 28, 2018
Meet-the-Mentor Luncheon: Saturday, May 5, 2018
Mentor-Mentee Matching Process: May 10 & 11, 2018
Closing Research Symposium (slide presentations): Friday, July 27, 2018

ION is an eight-week summer program for high school students who excel in science. We are seeking research mentors for these high school students.

Expectations for Research Fellows
After a 1 week “crash-course” in neuroscience at Emory University, ION Scholars are expected to carry out research-related tasks (in lab or clinic, library, lab meetings, seminars, etc.) for at least 32 hours per week from June 11-July 26. (We reserve Fridays for weekly workshops at Emory - required for all Scholars.) Both ION Scholars and mentors are likely to benefit most from the program if Scholars are included in as many aspects of the research process as possible in a 7-week program, e.g. exploration of background literature, experimental design, data collection and analysis, interpretation, presentation, and writing.  At a Closing Research Symposium on Friday, July 27, 2018 Scholars will be required to present their summer research outcomes in a 10-minute slide presentation.

Program Participants

ION Scholars are dedicated and exceptional high school students, or middle/high school teachers, who are passionate about science and enthusiastic to gain hands-on research experience. Scholars are chosen through a competitive application process, including in-person interviews. Student Scholars have usually just completed their junior or senior year of high school, have one or more Advanced Placement science courses, and have a 3.0 minimum GPA. Teacher Scholars are certified middle and high school science teachers who are interested in incorporating more hands-on laboratory techniques and/or current scientific concepts in their classrooms.

Program Sponsorship
ION/Teach is sponsored by the National Institute on Mental Health (R25MH-095735), with support from the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, Georgia State University, Emory University, and the Yerkes National Primate Research Center.


Thank you!

If appropriate for your research group, we invite you to welcome an ION/TEACH Scholar onto your team. Simply indicate to Kyle Frantz ( ) which type of Scholar for ION/TEACH (high school student and/or teacher) you would especially like to host. We and other members of the scientific community greatly appreciate your contributions to the future of our field.



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