Diversity & Outreach

Overview of programing

The Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences offers a number of science outreach programs in collaboration with the Department of Biology. These programs offer hands-on activities for high school science teachers and their students, summer workshops for high school students, laboratory training and summer research opportunities for high school science teachers, summer research internships for undergraduate students from other colleges and universities, and mini-sabbaticals for faculty from minority-serving institutions. These programs are funded in part by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Professor of Biology, Martha Constantine-Paton and Outreach participants discussing final projects.

The goal of these science outreach programs is to develop students' interests in neuroscience and cognitive science and basic research early in their education.

In addition, these programs aim to help science teachers keep up with the latest developments in neuroscience and cognitive sciences, and provide opportunities for collaborations between MIT scientists and faculty at minority serving institutions with limited research facilities.

By sharing its intellectual wealth, cutting-edge research, teaching facilities, and technical expertise, the BCS community and the MIT community at large hope to make important contributions to science education and the development of future scientists.

For more information, please contact:
Mandana Sassanfar, Ph.D. 
Outreach Officer
MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Bldg. 46-2051
Email: mandana@mit.edu