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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 three 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 (one-week course)
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.

Short Course 2: Advanced Topics in Neuroscience: Neurological Disorders (one-week course)
This advanced topics course examines 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.

New for 2018 Short Course 3: Lights, Camera, Behavior: Optogenetic and Molecular Dissection of Pain Processing in Drosophila (two-week course)

This course is designed to engage students in the excitement of original scientific discovery through a project-based laboratory focusing on the neural bases of pain perception. The course will introduce students to planning and executing novel research studies as well as the analyses associated with documenting scientific discoveries and deriving supported conclusions based upon these data. Laboratory activities will address central hypothesis-driven questions using complementary state-of-the art scientific methods/approaches in order to uncover molecules implicated in pain detection as well as neural circuits controlling pain-induced behavioral responses. Students who successfully complete this course will have a deeper understanding of the nature of original scientific research, including project planning, formulating hypotheses, designing effective experiments, maintaining a detailed laboratory notebook, data interpretation, and conventions of scientific communication of conclusions resulting from these studies. Students will likewise acquire new technical research skills and develop the ability to work in collaborative research environments. These training opportunities represent an exciting college-prep environment that can serve as a springboard to get involved in research as an undergraduate.

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 2018 Dates:

  • June 11-15, M-Fri, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM - Neuroscience Boot Camp
  • June 18-22, M-Fri, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM- Advanced Topics in Neuroscience: Neurological Disorders
  • June 25-July 6, M-Fri, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM - Lights, Camera, Behavior: Optogenetic and Molecular Dissection of Pain Proecessing in Drosophila
  • July 9-13, M-Fri, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM - Neuroscience Boot Camp
  • July 16-20, M-Fri, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM - Advanced Topics in Neuroscience: Neurological Disorders

Application Process:

  • Please visit our Neuroscience School website to register for summer 2018 courses.
  • Rolling admissions will begin in March, 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.)
  • Registration will close when courses are full.


  • 2018 Tuition: $500 per week for Boot Camp and Advanced Topics; $950 for Lights, Camera, Behavior
  • 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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