Seminar for Young Neuroscientist Community Scholars

Seminar for Young Neuroscientist Community Scholars

UCLA SYNCS Goal Statement

We are proud to announce a call for applications for the second annual UCLA SYNCS (Seminars by Young Neuroscience Community Scholars) Seminar Series!

The goal of SYNCS is to showcase the work of extramural postdoctoral fellows to the UCLA Neuroscience community at a full-length seminar series. Speakers will receive valuable feedback and exposure as they head toward the job market while the UCLA community learns about the cutting-edge work performed by a talented and diverse group of rising stars. The seminar series is coordinated and hosted entirely by UCLA postdocs, fostering cross-institution networks for upcoming scientific leaders.

The UCLA Neuroscience community values scientific citizenship alongside rigorous research. As such, we aim to highlight not only research contributions, but also efforts aimed at bettering the collective scientific community. We seek to recognize contributions to the open-source community (including tool and software development) as well as contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion (including representation, mentorship, organizing, and communication). These efforts will be an important part of the selection criteria and we encourage you to dedicate a few minutes of the lecture to these efforts. Applications from historically excluded groups are strongly encouraged.

Applicants will need to submit the following application materials by Friday, Sept 1, 2023 11:59pm PST:
1. Research Abstract (250 words max)
2. Community Contributions (250 words max): Please describe how you have contributed to strengthening the culture of our scientific community. This can include creating and/or developing platforms for open and collaborative science, development of open-source tools, contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, etc.
3. Scientific Vision (250 words max): Please describe your future research goals.
4. CV (5 pages max)

Applications will be fully blinded during initial review. A small group of finalists will be chosen based on their research abstract, scientific vision, and community contributions. To facilitate blind review, please do not include explicitly identifying information (e.g. your name, institutional or lab affiliation) in any application materials except for the CV. Applications that fail to follow these submission guidelines will be automatically disqualified. After finalist selection, the remaining applications will be unblinded with consideration given to CVs to diversify demographic and scientific representation across speakers. Reasonable costs for travel, meals, and accommodations, as well as a small honorarium, will be covered by the UCLA Brain Research Institute.

SYNCS is organized and reviewed entirely by UCLA postdocs and has no affiliation with any particular department or faculty hiring initiatives at UCLA. SYNCS is funded by the UCLA Brain Research Institute. Please direct any questions regarding the application process or seminar series itself to


Upcoming Seminars

April 19, 2024 

Dr. Thomas Elston
Helen Willis Neuro Institute, UC Berkeley

“Decoding Decision Making in the Primate Prefronal Cortex: A Network Perspective”

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June 14, 2024

Dr. Chen Sun
Mila – Quebec Al Institute


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Previous Lectures

December 15, 2023

Dr. Debosmita Sadar
Baylot College of Medicine – Neurosrgery

“Astrocyte, Epigenetics, and Sense of Smell”

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May 26, 2023

Dr. Eartha Mae Guthman
Princeton University Neuroscience Institute

“Gonadal Hormane State Regulation of Brain-Wide Neural Activity and Social Behavior”

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April 28, 2023

Dr. Marissa Scavuzzo
Case Western Reserve School of Medicine

“Understanding Enteric Glia in the ‘Brain’ Inside Your Gut”

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April 14, 2023

Dr. Jennifer Bussel
Columbia University Zuckerman Institute

“The Desire to Know: Representations of Information Value in Mouse Orbitofrontal Cortex During Information Seeking”

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March 24, 2023

Dr. Julieta Lischinsky 
New York University

“Developmental, Cellular and Circuit Mechanisms for Innate Social Behaviors in the Amygdala”

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February 24, 2023

Dr. Sujaya Neupane
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“Vector Production via Mental Navigation in Primate Entorhinal Cortex”

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January 27, 2023

Dr. Nuttida Rungratsameetaweemana
Columbia University

“Probing Adaptive Learning in Humans and Recurrent Neural Networks”

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