Three-Week Summer Science Program
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Did you know that the brain weighs only three pounds, but uses 20% of the oxygen you breathe and is more powerful than any computer on the planet?
This program will cover neurobiology and neurochemistry, focusing on the components of neurons, transmission of signals and impulses, and different types of signaling molecules involved in the nervous system. Additionally, we’ll provide a detailed look at the pathways and components of the visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, and somatosensory systems, then moving on to higher order processes and functions such as learning and memory, emotion, drugs and addiction, stress, and sleep. Last year, our students visited multiple sites in Boston, including the Boston Children’s Hospital.
Neuroscience Research takes place at our Dana Hall location in Wellesley, MA and is available to students who have completed high school biology.
This is a competitive admissions summer research program designed for teens.
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Date: July 13th – July 31st
Dana Hall – Wellesley, MA
Students will cover the human neural systems, provide a detailed look at the pathways and components of the visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, and somatosensory systems.
Mornings will consist mostly of lecture and discussion to provide context for students. The afternoons will include lab activities to help visualize processes, simulations, dissections, and case studies. There will be field trip opportunities to neuroscience laboratories and museums in the greater Boston area.
Furthermore, students will engage in a three-week long independent research project where they will learn how to research, how to vet sources, and how to interpret academic literature providing a great pre-college experience. They will present these findings at the end of the program.
Jim is currently a Neuroscience PhD student at Harvard University where he received his BA in Neurobiology. He was previously a research assistant at both Harvard and the Champalimaud Foundation in Portugal.
“The neuroscience program covered the basics of brain anatomy, as well as the somatosensory system and neurological disorders. (Our teacher) was engaging and open to answering our questions. I enjoyed our field trips to the Boston Children’s Hospital and the VA Hospital because they gave insight into different neuroscience fields.”
“I enjoyed the field trips and dissections. The teacher was extremely knowledgeable about the field and made an effort to provide students with exposure to real world development in neuroscience.”
“I really enjoyed the program because it helped me to learn about neuroscience. However, more importantly, it was a pleasure to understand that neuroscience is actually something that I would like to devote my life to.”
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