The Summer Neuroscience Program (SNP) at Rockefeller University is a two-week course aimed at introducing talented and enthusiastic high school students to the brain. SNP is led by Rockefeller graduate students who spend most of their work lives thinking about the brain – and in particular the countless mysteries it still holds. At SNP, students learn by posing questions…
How do we form memories? | What are smells? | Why do we sleep and dream? | How did our brains evolve? | What happens to the brain in Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease? | Why are some drugs addictive? | How do brain cells work? | Are animals conscious? | How do we hear sounds? | Why do we fall in love? | What happens to the brain when we’re depressed? | And many many more…
We present a series of interactive lectures that cover everything from fundamentals to new discoveries. Students also attend a journal club where they choose a research paper to read and present to their classmates. And throughout SNP, we aim to give a sense of what life is like on a research campus. Among other things, students visit research laboratories and core facilities, dissect brains, and design and conduct their own neuroscience experiments.
SNP takes place from 9:30am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday, during the last two weeks of August (please see the main page or application page for specific dates). Classes are held at the Rockefeller University in Manhattan, and we cover all expenses, including metro passes, meals, and any necessary school supplies/equipment.
We seek motivated, mature, and inquisitive students, irrespective of previous scholastic achievement or interest level in science. To be eligible for participation, students must be enrolled in a New York City public school, and must be at least 16 years of age at the start of the program — we cannot make exceptions. Students must complete the application on our website and have a teacher or mentor submit a corresponding reference. A subset of applicants will be contacted by the SNP directors in early April to arrange an interview.