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NeuroAcademy Program

A Summer Enrichment Program

For High School Students

This hands-on training course will introduce students to fundamental biological based neuroscience at the molecular and cellular levels. Modern laboratory techniques will be explored while critical thinking is applied to the scientific process and bioinformatics. For 5-weeks in the summer, this program will provide students with the opportunity to learn and apply fundamental biological information and approaches across three modules.

We believe that this enrichment program offers a unique gateway into potential research opportunities both at the Burke Neurological Institute and other institutions and has the potential to improve a student’s preparation for college-level science curriculum.

Biological Modules

Module 1: Molecular Biology and Genetics (July 5 – 15)

Conceptual Knowledge: This module addresses both the fundamental principles and techniques of molecular biology. Students gain an in-depth knowledge of nucleic acid structure, molecular genetics, and the biochemistry of transcription and protein synthesis.

Content: DNA concepts, PCR, gel electrophoresis, plasmids, restriction enzymes, cloning, bacterial transformation, plasmid preps.

Module 2: Cell Biology of the Nervous System (July 18 – 27)

Conceptual Knowledge: This module will explore how we determine the spatial, temporal, and cell-type specific expression of a protein to ultimately address its functional role.

Content: Cell and tissue fixation, immunocytochemistry, imaging, transfection and reporter expression, in situ hybridization.

Module 3: Computation Biology in Basic and Clinical Research (July 28 – August 5)

Conceptual Knowledge: This module will explore approaches to analyzing large data sets, the means of determining significance, and assessing outcome measures.

Content: bioinformatics, statistics, animal behavior, clinical trial design.

Dates & Details

July 5, 2022 — August 5, 2022

Full Day, Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
Small Class Size 10 to 15 Students

Deadline for applications: Sunday, May 15, 2022

Students are responsible for housing, transportation, and meals as they are not provided by the program.


Pre-requisite or equivalent: Successful completion of NYS Regents Living Environment or equivalent Biology class. A cumulative 3.4 G.P.A. or better (unless special circumstances can be provided).

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for participation. During onboarding prior to the first day of the program a full health screening will be required.


Please note registration for NeuroAcademy for the summer of 2022 is now full. If you have started the registration process please remember to submit the registration and payment form, the upload documents, and 2 letters of recommendation by Sunday, May 15, 2022. We will be contacting all registered students about scholarship decisions, onboarding and program information in the upcoming weeks.

Tuition: $3,200

We offer one NeuroAcademy scholarship for a tuition waiver. To apply for a scholarship, registering for the program, without payment. Then compose a 500 word essay describing why you are requesting a tuition waiver to participate in the NeuroAcademy and submit your essay along with your documents for upload.

Step 1 – Registration and Payment Form

If you are applying for a scholarship, register for the program without payment by selecting the Bill Me Later button under the Payment Details section.

Step 2 – Upload Documents

For all participants, after you have registered collect the following documents in either a MS Word or PDF file format:

  • High School Transcript (a student copy is acceptable)
  • Resume or C.V.
  • 500 Word Essay for a Scholarship (only if applying for a scholarship)

Upload the documents using the link to the form in the registration confirmation email or below only if you have completed step 1 first.

Step 3 – Letter of Recommendations (2)

For all participants, ask two teachers, mentors, or advisors that are able to accurately judge your abilities and motivations to write a letter of recommendation. Share this webpage with your referee and ask them to complete the NeuroAcademy Reference Form to submit their letter of recommendation.

You are welcome to contact burkestudentresearch@med.cornell.edu with any questions regarding the program and registration.