Upward Bound

aUpward Bound helps students from several local high schools prepare for college entrance, and consists of a summer course and the annual Brain Bee.

There are two different aspects to the Neuroscience Upward Bound program run by the NGG.  The core of the program is a summer elective course, which meets biweekly, and exposes roughly 20 local high school students from low-income families to the basic concepts of neuroscience.  The class is organized and taught by volunteer students from the graduate group, with different instructors and topics for each class.

Additionally, the program runs a regional Brain Bee.  The Brain Bee is an international competition, sponsored by the Society for Neuroscience, for secondary school students to test their knowledge of facts about the brain.  Not only does the Neuroscience Graduate Group run the Bee itself, but we also host study sessions on the weekends leading up to the Bee to ensure that the students are prepared for their big day.

Mission of Upward Bound

The collective purpose of the Neuroscience Upward Bound course and the regional Brain Bee competition is to expose college-bound high school students from low-income families in the Philadelphia area to the topic of neuroscience and to encourage passion for the sciences.  We seek to use these avenues to inspire scientific creativity while conveying the foundations of neuroscience and applicable career paths.  In conjunction with the national Upward Bound program especially, we also help students improve their study skills and analytical thinking, key factors for success in higher education.  In addition to increasing opportunities for community outreach, participation in these Upward Bound activities provides additional teaching experience to students in the Neuroscience Graduate Group as they share their knowledge and excitement for neuroscience with local high school students.

You can find more details about this program at:
http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/aap/ub/

Or, contact the coordinators:
Ari Kahn: arikahn@mail.med.upenn.edu
Kim Kridsada: kikr@mail.med.upenn.edu
Elelbin Ortiz: ortizel@mail.med.upenn.edu
Yeri Song: yerisong@mail.med.upenn.edu

Brain Bee coordinators

Mary Schreck: mschreck@mail.med.upenn.edu

Rosa Leon: rosaleon@mail.med.upenn.edu

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