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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 developing critical thinking skills to perform rigorous, hypothesis-based research and bioinformatics. In addition, students will be trained to access, read, and critically evaluate primary research literature. For 4-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 15 – 24)

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 25 – August 2)

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, tissue cultre, immunocytochemistry, imaging, transfection and reporter expression, in situ hybridization.

Module 3: Computation Biology in Basic and Clinical Research (August 5 – 9)

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.

Dates & Details

July 15, 2024 — August 9, 2024

Full Day, Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m.
Small Class Size: no more than 21 Students

Registration opens: March 1, 2024

Deadline for applications: Maximum enrollment has been met.  At this time, we are no longer accepting new applications. May 31, 2024 (or when enrollment level has been reached. Prior sessions filled early so registering early is strongly advised)

Acceptance will be on a rolling admission and tuition will be due at the time of acceptance.

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.


Tuition: $4,000

We will offer two NeuroAcademy scholarships for a tuition waiver. To apply, compose a 500 word essay describing your financial need and submit your essay when you register

Step 1 – Registration and Payment Form

Collect the following docuemets and register and upload documents using the link below (MS Word or PDF): High School Transcript (a student copy is acceptable), Resume or C.V., 500 Word Essay (if applying for scholarship)

If requesting a scholarship, include the essay at time of registration. If no essay is uploaded, you will be sent a link to pay tuition at the time of acceptance. At this time, there are no additional scholarships available.

Step 2 – 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 burkeneuroacademy@med.cornell.edu with any questions regarding the program and registration.