Annual Student Retreat

The ninth annual NGG Student-Led Retreat will take place on Friday, September 2, 2016 at the Smilow Center for Translational Research.

The retreat will feature student research talks and panels, and the return of the NGG Photo Scavenger Hunt, First Year Family Feud, and raffles. Our keynote speaker for this year’s retreat is Geoffrey Aguirre, MD PhD. Dr. Aguirre is an NGG alum and is currently an Associate Professor in Neurology. He studies cortical organization of vision and clinically treats patients with disturbances of visual perception, thinking and memory. His keynote will address topics of his research as well as the need to effectively address the misuse of neuroscience in the public sphere. The day will finish with the annual NGG Welcome Picnic in the Biopond (AKA James G. Kaskey Memorial Park).

You can RSVP for the event here:
Incoming class RSVP
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2016 NGG Retreat Program

Contact:
Yeri Song at yerisong@mail.med.upenn.edu,
Carolyn Keating at ckea@mail.med.upenn.edu,
Kate Brynildsen at jbryn@mail.med.upenn.edu, or
Vanessa Fleites at fleitesv@sas.upenn.edu


The eighth annual NGG Student-Led Retreat took place on Friday, August 28, 2015 at the Wistar Institute.

In addition to student research talks and panels, the 2015 retreat included multiple raffles, an all new NGG Photo Scavenger Hunt and the second annual First Year Family Feud.  Our keynote speaker was Dr. Deena Weisburg, director of the Cognition and Development Lab at Penn. Dr. Weisburg is best known for her work examining the seductive allure of neuroscience explanations in advertising, the news, and even science. The day wrapped up with an exclusive premier of our very own NGG music video and the annual NGG Welcome Picnic.

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The seventh annual NGG Student-Led Retreat took place on Friday, August 29, 2014 at the Smilow Center for Translational Research.

The 2014 retreat featured various talks from NGG Students, including the year-by-year panel, one-minute flash talks, and 12-minute research talks. In the afternoon, we broke into groups by research interest and discuss the Future of the Field with current post-docs. We were also excited to announce the all new Family Feud-style event, in which the first years will have to guess how upper year NGG students responded to questions. Our keynote speaker was Dr. Martha Farah of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Farah is an Annenberg Professor of Natural Sciences and Penn Director of the Center for Neuroscience and Society. The day wrapped up with the winner of the first ever APICAL (Award for Persistent Involvement in Community and Leadership) and the annual NGG Welcome Picnic at the Biopond, at which point we raffled off prizes.
Raffle tickets are distributed throughout the day, attend more for better chances!

More about Family Feud: The questionnaire portion of the RSVP form has closed. The winner of the $25 Starbucks gift card for completing the questionnaire will be announced at the Welcome Picnic raffle.
The teams will be able to call upon random upper years – lifelines – if they’re having trouble with a question. Show up day-of to join in the fun! Lifelines for the winning team will win prizes along with the team.

RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1bWhbe24eW_TUwvD740-HeOmFbfe88g8o78gM6nnycvY/viewform?usp=send_form

NGG Retreat Program 2014_V7

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The sixth annual NGG Student-Led Retreat took place on Friday, August 30, 2013 at the Smilow Center for Translational Research. The retreat featured student talks, an alumni career panel, faculty flash talks, and a keynote address by Congressman Chaka Fattah of the 2nd district of Pennsylvania. Congressman Fattah is the leading congressional advocate for neuroscience research, and his Fattah Neuroscience Initiative aims to “coordinate Federal research across agencies and draw upon public-private partnerships and the world of academia” (FNI website).

You can watch the video of Congressman Fattah’s keynote address here:

NGG Retreat Program 2013

Thanks to everyone who participated in and attended the retreat!

2013 Retreat Planning Committee: from left, Dave Reiner, Sarah Ly, Shachee Doshi, Julia Kahn, Trishala Parthasarathi, Kate Christison-Lagay, Bri Jeffrey, Ceren Ozek, Morgan Taylor. Not pictured: Lindsey Goodman.

2013 Retreat Planning Committee: from left, Dave Reiner, Sarah Ly, Shachee Doshi, Julia Kahn, Trishala Parthasarathi, Kate Christison-Lagay, Bri Jeffrey, Ceren Ozek, Morgan Taylor. Not pictured: Lindsey Goodman.

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The 5th annual retreat took place on Friday, September 28, 2012 and featured student research talks, a career panel of NGG alumni from a variety of career paths, new faculty flash talks, and a keynote research talk by NGG alum Jess CardinPhD ’04.  Thanks to everyone for attending and contributing to a wonderful retreat!

2012 Retreat Program [pdf]