Bringing neuroscience to the community
Educating and sharing exciting discoveries in brain research with community members, an important part of the Center for Neuroscience's mission. We are proud to bring neuroscientists, students, families, schools and communities together through a number of outreach programs.
NeuroFest - Our Signature Outreach Event
Every March, CNS hosts NeuroFest, a one day free public event for community members of all ages. Attendees enjoy public lectures by faculty on the latest brain research, hands-on interactive activities, and a research poster contest presented by our graduate students. NeuroFest occurs during Brain Awareness Week, a global effort organized by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and the Society for Neuroscience to promote the public and personal benefits of brain research.
During the year, our graduate student outreach teams provide presentations and activities at elementary and high schools throughout the Northern California region. Students learn about brain anatomy (complete with brains for students to hold and dissect), traumatic brain injury and helmet safety, how optical illusions work, and basic concepts of neuroscience.
Neuroscience Initiative to Enhance Diversity (NIED)
Designed for undergraduates from disadvantaged or underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in pursuing an advanced degree in the neurosciences, Center for Neuroscience faculty and trainees provide sophomore, junior and senior undergraduate students with hands-on skill-building workshops, mini lectures on graduate school and the admissions process and peer mentorship.