Neuroscience Research

Neuroscience Research Academy

July 3 – July 23, 2016

This program is now closed to non-Philadelphia School District students.

The Neuroscience Research Academy is designed to introduce students to the biological foundations of the brain. As a cutting-edge field in both research and medicine, neuroscience has provided important insights into understanding the mind in both health and in disease. The Neuroscience Research Academy is 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. Lectures in the morning and afternoon 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. Throughout the 3 week program, there will be guest lectures from distinguished neuroscience faculty from the University of Pennsylvania. 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. Friday field trips will further reinforce the students' understanding of the brain in a fun and educational setting.

Sample Syllabus: Download PDF

Prerequisites: One year of high school biology is required for application. One year of high school chemistry is recommended.

Program Director: Kristen Hipolit, Ph.D.

Dr. Hipolit is an Advanced Lecturer in the Critical Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches freshmen writing seminars that are focused on neuroscience topics. For several years she was also 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.

Are you a School District of Philadelphia public or charter high school student? Learn how you could attend this program free of charge through our Penn Summer Scholars Program.

How to Apply