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ION@Yerkes Accepting Applications; Summer 2013 Program Open to High School Students and Middle and High School Teachers

February 1, 2013


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Lisa Newbern, 404-727-7709,

The Yerkes National Primate Research Center and Georgia State University in partnership with the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience invite you to apply for the Institute on Neuroscience (ION)@Yerkes, an eight-week paid summer research opportunity. We are looking for highly motivated high school students who are at least 16 years old and middle and high school teachers.

The program, which begins June 3 and concludes July 26, is divided into two segments:

First one-and-a-half weeks – Scholars will participate in an introductory neuroscience curriculum at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center that will include lectures, discussions, readings and hands-on activities. Scholars may also tour research facilities to explore state-of-the-art research techniques and participate in workshops on topics such as scientific communication, scientific ethics and careers in neuroscience; and

Next six-and-a-half weeks – Scholars will engage in a mentored laboratory research project. This mentored research may take place at Yerkes, Emory University, Georgia State University, the Georgia Institute of Technology or Morehouse College. Teacher Scholars will be required to write a standards-based lesson plan by the conclusion of the program that he/she will use in the classroom as well as provide to colleagues. Each Teacher Scholar will be required to serve as a mentor to others using the lesson plan.

Eligibility Criteria for Students

• Preference for high school students enrolled in their junior or senior years; students must be 16 by June 1, 2013

• Grade point average of at least a 3.0 or the equivalent (B average)

• Advanced Placement (or other college-level) science courses recommended

• Able to commit full-time (40 hrs/wk) to the entire eight-week program (cannot hold other employment or attend other camps during ION@Yerkes)

Eligibility Criteria for Teachers

• Certified middle or high school science teacher

• Able to commit full-time (40 hrs/wk) to the entire 8-week program (cannot hold other employment or attend other workshops during ION@Yerkes)

Additional Program Details

We will pay all Scholars for their full-time commitment of 40 hrs/week during the eight-week program.

Scholars must provide immunization records (MMR), negative TB test results within the last six months, negative drug test results and other information Emory University requires for employment purposes (tax ID/Social Security Number, employment certification, etc.).

Scholars are responsible for their own transportation and meals.

Housing may be arranged for participants from outside Atlanta, but at their own expense.

Applications, Deadline and Interviews

Applications are due by March 11, 2013; details about the program are included with each application (student and teacher versions). We will interview the top applicants before making offers of acceptance into the program. Our goal is to interview applicants at the end of March and extend offers the week of April 8, 2013.

Click here for the 2013 ION@Yerkes student application.

Click here for the 2013 ION@Yerkes teacher application.

(Application period now closed.)

For More Information

Please contact Lisa Newbern at with any questions.

The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is an academic health science and service center focused on missions of teaching, research, health care and public service. Its components include the Emory University School of Medicine, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, and Rollins School of Public Health; Yerkes National Primate Research Center; Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University; and Emory Healthcare, the largest, most comprehensive health system in Georgia. Emory Healthcare includes: The Emory Clinic, Emory-Children's Center, Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Wesley Woods Center, and Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital. The Woodruff Health Sciences Center has a $2.5 billion budget, 17,600 employees, 2,500 full-time and 1,500 affiliated faculty, 4,700 students and trainees, and a $5.7 billion economic impact on metro Atlanta.

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