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University of Pennsylvania

3 Weeks

Neuroscience Research Academy

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On Campus $5,700 - $21,115Age Range 14-18Course Time Morning, Afternoon EST

This Academy is designed to introduce students to the biological foundations of the brain. Lectures will introduce students to important neuroscientific topics, progressing from the cellular foundations of the neuron, to an understanding of the sensory systems, and culminating with higher-order cognitive functions such as memory, emotion, and morality. In the afternoons, students will participate in hands-on laboratory activities, where they will learn important experimental techniques. During this time, students will also be able to visit several active research laboratories. Additionally, students will engage in a small group “journal club” where they will gain experience reading the neuroscience literature related to a particular topic of choice, and which culminates in a group presentation. Prerequisites: One year of high school biology and one year of high school chemistry is required for applicants.

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Highlights Taught by members of the University of Pennsylvania’s Biological Basis of Behavior Program, as well as outstanding teachers and researchers selected from around the region. There will be guest lectures from distinguished neuroscience instructors from the University of Pennsylvania. Field trips will further reinforce the students’ understanding of the brain in a fun and educational setting. Kristen Hipolit, Ph.D. is the Program Director. Dr. Hipolit is an Advanced Lecturer in the Critical Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches writing seminars that are focused on neuroscience topics. For several years she was an instructor for Penn’s post-baccalaureate pre-health program, where she taught introduction to biology and cell biology and biochemistry courses. Dr. Hipolit received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania and has been teaching at Penn since 2012.
Courses & Academies This program meets 5 days a week, both morning and afternoon, with a lunch break. Students receive a Certificate of Completion from the university at the end of the program.
Dates & Tuition
  • Jul 10 - Jul 28: Research Academy - $5,500
Supplemental Fees $250 Supplemental Lab Fee
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