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ION Summer Research Program Accepting Applications

February 9, 2015

Summer 2015 Program Open to High School Students and Middle and High School Teachers; Deadline to Apply is March 9

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Lisa Newbern, 404-727-7709, lisa.newbern@emory.edu

Applications for the 2015 Institute on Neuroscience (ION/Teach), an eight-week summer research program, are now being accepted. The program is hosted by the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University and Georgia State University, and is made possible by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health.

High school students who are at least 16 years old and who excel in science are encouraged to apply, as are middle and high school teachers who want to learn more about science and are willing to develop curriculum materials that can be shared statewide.

The program, which will begin June 1 and conclude July 24, is divided into two segments:

Week one – Scholars will participate in an introductory neuroscience curriculum that will include lectures, discussions, readings and hands-on activities. Scholars may also tour research facilities to explore state-of-the-art research techniques and participate in workshops on topics such as scientific communication, scientific ethics and careers in neuroscience; and

Next seven weeks – Scholars will engage in a mentored laboratory research project. This mentored research may take place at Yerkes, Emory University, Georgia State University, the Georgia Institute of Technology or Morehouse School of Medicine. Teacher Scholars will be required to write a standards-based lesson plan by the conclusion of the program that he/she will use in the classroom as well as provide to colleagues. Each Teacher Scholar will be required to serve as a mentor to others using the lesson plan.

Eligibility Criteria for Students

  • Preference for high school students enrolled in their junior or senior year; must be 16 by June 1, 2015.
  • Grade point average of at least a 3.0 or the equivalent (B average).
  • Advanced Placement (or other college level) science courses recommended.
  • Able to commit full-time (40 hr/wk) to the entire eight-week program (cannot hold other employment or attend other camps during ION/Teach).
  • Scholars must arrange in advance local Atlanta housing and transportation, and are responsible for their meals throughout the summer program.

Eligibility Criteria for Teachers

  • Certified middle or high school science teacher.
  • Able to commit full-time (40 hr/wk) to the entire eight-week program (cannot hold other employment or attend other workshops during ION/Teach).
  • Scholars must arrange in advance local Atlanta housing and transportation, and are responsible for their meals throughout the summer program.

Additional Program Details

We will pay all Scholars for their full-time commitment of 40 hrs/week during the eight-week program.

Scholars must provide immunization records, current TB test results (within the last six months), drug test results and requested information for tax purposes.

Applications, Deadline and Interviews

Applications are due by March 9, 2015. We will interview the top applicants before making offers of acceptance into the program. Our goal is to interview applicants by the end of March and extend offers the week of April 13, 2015.

Click here for the 2015 ION student application.

Click here for the 2015 ION teacher application.

For More Information

Please contact Reagan Koski at rkoski1@gsu.edu with any questions.


The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is an academic health science and service center focused on missions of teaching, research, health care and public service. Its components include the Emory University School of Medicine, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, and Rollins School of Public Health; Yerkes National Primate Research Center; Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University; and Emory Healthcare, the largest, most comprehensive health system in Georgia. Emory Healthcare includes: The Emory Clinic, Emory-Children's Center, Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Wesley Woods Center, and Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital. The Woodruff Health Sciences Center has a $2.5 billion budget, 17,600 employees, 2,500 full-time and 1,500 affiliated faculty, 4,700 students and trainees, and a $5.7 billion economic impact on metro Atlanta.

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