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Please consider serving as a research mentor in the summer ION/TEACH program (for high school students or middle/high school teachers).

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 5 – July 28, 2017
Tentative Research Mentoring Dates: June 13 – July 28, 2017
Meet-the-Mentor Luncheon: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Mentor-Mentee Matching Process: May 4 & 5, 2017
Closing Research Symposium (slide presentations): Friday, July 28, 2017

ION/TEACH is an eight-week summer program for high school students who excel in science, as well as for middle and high school teachers. We are seeking research mentors for both high school students and current science teachers.

Expectations for Research Fellows
After a 1 week “crash-course” in neuroscience at Emory University, ION Scholars (both students and teachers) 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 12-July 27. (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 28, 2017 high school Scholars will be required to present their summer research outcomes in a 10-minute slide presentation. Teacher Scholars will be required to provide a lesson plan that translates their general research topics into content for K-12 classroom teaching.  

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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