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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 through hands-on experimentation, while while developing critical thinking skills to perform rigorous, hypothesis-based research 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.

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