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ION@Yerkes Accepting Applications; Summer 2012 Program Open to High School Students and Middle and High School Teachers

1/23/12

The Institute On Neuroscience (ION) @ Yerkes is an eight-week summer program, sponsored by the Neuroscience Initiative at Emory University with additional support from Georgia State University and the Conlee Family Supporting Foundation, for high school students who excel in science, as well as for middle and high school teachers.
 The 2012 program dates are June 4 - July 28. 


During a 1.5-week introductory curriculum at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, 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 six-and-a-half-week mentored laboratory research projects at Yerkes, Emory University, Georgia State University or the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech).

Student Scholars

ION@Yerkes seeks applications from highly motivated high school students who have taken at least one college-level science course (e.g., AP Biology, Honors Chemistry, etc.). After participating in an introductory neuroscience course, Student Scholars are matched with mentors by interest to conduct a mentored laboratory research project. Weekly professional development workshops focus on topics such as scientific communication, the ethical conduct of research and special topics in neuroscience. At the conclusion of the program, students present their laboratory research results at the ION@Yerkes Research Symposium to an audience of peers, family, friends, teachers and community members.

Program Benefits

The program provides comprehensive preparation for the pursuit of undergraduate science majors.

Student Scholars finish the program excited about neuroscience and with an increased interest in exploring neuroscience-related academic and professional careers.

Student Scholars are paid taxable minimum student hourly wages for their full-time commitment of 40 hr/wk during the eight-week program.

Eligibility Criteria

• Preference for high school students enrolled in their junior or senior years.


• 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 8-week program (cannot hold other employment or attend other camps during ION@Yerkes)


• Scholars must arrange in advance local Atlanta housing and transportation, and are responsible for their meals throughout the summer program.


Teacher Scholars

ION@Yerkes is excited to offer a professional development research experience for middle and high school science teachers in this summer 2012 program. Teacher Scholars will participate in an introductory neuroscience course alongside Student Scholars, then are matched with mentors by interest to conduct a seven-week mentored laboratory research project. Professional development workshop topics include lesson plan development, ethical conduct of research and special topics in neuroscience. Each Teacher Scholars is required to design and 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 Scholars will be required to serve as a mentor to others using the lesson plan.

Program Benefits

The program provides participants with access to current scientific research and increased science content knowledge, and promises increased confidence in teaching science.

Teacher Scholars have opportunity to network with Atlanta area researchers and faculty members.

Teacher Scholars are paid taxable wages ($8,000) for their full-time commitment of 40 hr/wk during the eight-week program.

Eligibility Criteria

• Certified middle or high school science teacher


• Able to commit full-time (40 hr/wk) to the entire 8-week program (cannot hold other employment or attend other workshops during ION@Yerkes)


• Scholars must arrange in advance local Atlanta housing and transportation, and are responsible for their meals throughout the summer program.

Additional Program Details

Student and Teacher Scholars are expected to provide their own transportation between their homes and the program sites on a daily basis, although reimbursement for MARTA passes or parking expenses may be provided. The introductory curriculum is scheduled to take place at Yerkes National Primate Research Center on Emory's Druid Hills campus, and the mentored research may take place at Yerkes, Emory University, Georgia State University, or the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Scholars are also expected to provide their own meals. Housing may be arranged for participants from outside Atlanta, but at their own expense.

All participants will be required to provide up-to-date immunization records, cleared TB test in the past six months, and materials required for employment at Emory University (e.g., tax ID/social security number, employment certification forms for Student Scholars, etc.). Details on these requirements will be provided with an "Acceptance Packet" on confirmation of participation.

Application Process:

Students: Download the 2012 ION@Yerkes Student Scholar Application HERE

• Teachers: Download the 2012 ION@Yerkes Teacher Scholar Application HERE

• All application materials must be postmarked by March 12, 2012.

• Only mailed applications will be accepted; applications submitted by e-mail will not be accepted.

• Applications will be reviewed in mid-March, a subset of applicants will be invited to interview at Georgia State University in late-March, and final decisions regarding acceptance will be made and applicants notified during the week of April 9, 2012. 


• Immunization records, current TB test results, and tax documents will be required for all Student and Teacher Scholars.


• Complete and mail the 2012 ION@Yerkes Student Scholar Application or the 2012 ION@Yerkes Teacher Scholar Application (see downloadable applications) to Ms. Laurie Murrah-Hanson, MPA, at the address below.

To submit applications or request more information, contact:

Laurie-Murrah Hanson, MPA

ION@Yerkes Program Coordinator

Georgia State University

P.O. Box 5030

Atlanta, GA 30302-5030

Email:amurrahhanson@gsu.edu

Phone: 404.413.5618


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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