Institute On Neuroscience (ION) – Summer Research Program for High School Students
The Institute on Neuroscience (ION/Teach) is an eight-week summer program, sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and hosted by Georgia State University, Emory University, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, and the The Marcus Center. The program seeks high school students who excel in science.
The program will kick off with the Meet-the-Mentor Luncheon on a Saturday in Spring 2018 (date tbd). Then during a 1-week introductory curriculum starting June 4, 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 Friday, July 27. ION Scholars will be required to present their summer research outcomes in a 10-minute slide presentation.
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.
2018 Important Dates
Application deadline and all materials postmark date – Sunday, February 4, 2018
Interviews, if selected – March Dates TBD
Internship offers – Beginning of April
Meet-the-Mentor Luncheon – Saturday, April 28, 2018, Emory University
Orientation and Introductory Curriculum Week – June 4-8, Emory University
Paid Mentored Laboratory Research – June 11-July 26, Monday thru Thursday at Scholar’s matched location
Friday Workshops – June 15-July 20
Closing Research Symposium – Friday, July 27
Downloadable PDF Flyer – 2018 ION Summer Research Program