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Institute On Neuroscience (ION) – Summer Research Program for High School Students

Program Overview 

The Institute on Neuroscience (ION/Teach) is a paid eight-week summer program hosted by Emory University, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, The Marcus Autism Center, and the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience at Georgia State University. The program seeks high school students who excel in science and requires a competitive application process.

The program kicks off with a Meet-the-Mentor Luncheon on a Saturday in Spring. Then during a 1-week introductory curriculum starting early June, ION Scholars 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. Friday Workshops throughout the summer focus on scientific communication, science and society, scientific ethics and special topics in neuroscience. 

After the introductory curriculum, ION Scholars conduct seven-week mentored laboratory research projects at Georgia State University, Emory University, Yerkes National Primate Research Center (both on the Emory campus and in the Field Station located in Lawrenceville), or The Marcus Autism Center.

The summer concludes with a Closing Research Symposium on the last Friday. ION Scholars will be required to present their summer research outcomes in a 10-minute slide presentation with an audience of family, friends, peers, program mentors, and others in the neuroscience community.

Program Logistics

The minimum age for student scholars is 16. Several mentoring labs require a minimum age of 18, current high school seniors are encouraged to apply.

ION Scholars are expected to provide their own transportation between their homes and the program sites on a daily basis, although reimbursement for MARTA passes or parking expenses may be provided. The introductory curriculum and the Friday Workshops are scheduled to take place at Emory University, The mentored research may take place at Emory University, Georgia State University, Yerkes National Primate Research Center (both on the Emory campus and in the Field Station located in Lawrenceville), or The Marcus Autism Center, depending on the matching process.

Scholars are expected to provide their own meals. Housing will not be arranged for participants from outside Atlanta.

All participants will be required to provide up-to-date immunization records and all materials required for employment at their matched research location. For certain placements, participants are required to provide a cleared TB test in the past six months, a negative drug test before admission.

 

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