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Institute on Neuroscience Program

The Institute On Neuroscience (ION) is an eight-week summer program, sponsored by the Neuroscience Initiative at Emory University, Georgia State University, the Conlee Family Supporting Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health, for high school students who excel in science, as well as for middle and high school teachers. Each year the ION program kicks off with a Saturday workshop held in May. Then during a 1-week introductory curriculum at Emory University, ION Scholars (both students and teachers) 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. Special workshops throughout the summer focus on scientific communication, science and society, scientific ethics and special topics in neuroscience. Teachers will devote Friday mornings to lesson plan development, while students focus on scientific writing. After the introductory curriculum, Student and Teacher Scholars conduct seven-week mentored laboratory research projects at Yerkes, Emory University, Georgia State University, the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), or Morehouse School of Medicine.  To view additional information and application requirements on the ION Program, please visit ION’s page on the CBN Website.