Other Education and Outreach Programs

State And County Science Fairs

The Brain Research Institute sponsors awards at both the Los Angeles County and California State Science Fairs for outstanding projects in neuroscience. At the Los Angeles County Science Fair, four award winners, two from the Junior Division and two from the Senior Division, are selected by one or more judges from UCLA. The winners are announced at the awards ceremony at the conclusion of the fair. At the California State Science Fair, three special awards (first, second, and third place) in both the Junior and Senior Divisions are presented. Project posters are reviewed by a panel of judges from the Brain Research Institute and the awards are presented at the conclusion of the poster session. Each award winner receives a certificate and a cash prize in recognition of their achievement.

Project Synapse

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UCLA Neuroscience Postdoctoral Scholars are invited to join Project Synapse, a postdoctoral group sponsored by the UCLA Brain Research Institute.

Project Synapse offers a strong network of colleagues, career development workshops, and opportunities to participate in K-12 outreach and teaching activities. Members participate in ongoing visits to local Los Angeles K-12 schools to teach and inspire interest in Neuroscience, higher education, and STEM careers. The group meets monthly.

Knowing Neurons

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Knowing Neurons is an award-winning neuroscience website, run entirely by a volunteer team of young neuroscientists. We strive to make neuroscience accessible to anyone interested in learning about the brain, through written articles, videos, infographics, podcasts, and more.

The BRI has partnered with the Spanish&Portuguese Department at UCLA to translate some of the articles into Spanish.  Translation was done by undergraduates and supervised by graduate students and faculty.