Graduate Program in Neuroscience


Students are encouraged to participate in community outreach events. Share your excitement about Neuroscience with a wide range of audiences. Work together with Neuroscience students to serve our campus and community.

Art Neureau

Art Neureau is an annual neuroscience-themed art show organized every year by students of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. This a community outreach event where we invite anyone to attend and submit artworks.  The only criteria for submissions is that all artwork must be neuroscience-related in some way – and we accept interpretation of “neuroscience-related” very liberally.

Stay tuned for news about the next Art Neureau in Fall 2024!

Any questions can be sent to:


Brain Awareness Week

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is a nationwide effort organized by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and the Society for Neuroscience to promote the public and personal benefits of brain research.

Grey Matters

Grey Matters is a neuroscience outreach organization founded by students at the University of Washington on the core belief that science education should be accessible to everyone, regardless of educational background. Each quarter, we publish a free, high-quality neuroscience journal that is written, edited, illustrated, and designed entirely by undergraduate students. Grey Matters also hosts An Evening with Neuroscience, an annual event dedicated to fostering an exciting and inclusive space for neuroscience education for the general public, as well as educational neuroscience events at local high schools. We also have a journal club run by and for undergraduates to improve scientific literacy and communication.

Lead Graduate Editor: Madelyn Hjort (✉)
Mentorship Coordinator: Randall Eck (✉)

Husky Science Communication Initiative (HuSCI)

The HuSCI is a team of volunteers from the University of Washington who are passionate about community outreach and equity in science. HuSCI partners with underserved public schools in the Seattle area to conduct hands-on hypothesis based activities, provide scientific role models for students, and help students feel secure in their ability to pursue an interest in STEM subjects.

Neurosci Community Outreach Group (NCOG)

The NCOG is an award-winning student-directed organization from University of Washington, Seattle. Our mission is to promote public awareness and understanding of neuroscience through educational outreach activities.

We share our knowledge and experience in neuroscience with a wide range of audiences that include students at all levels– from elementary through adult education.

Neuroscience for Neurodiverse Learners

The DO-IT Center has received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a new 4-year, $1.5M project called Developing and Testing Innovations: Neuroscience for Neurodiverse Learners. The project, in partnership with the UW Center for Neurotechnology (CNT), will provide hands-on experiences in neuroscience disciplines, networking opportunities, and resources to high school and early postsecondary students identified as “neurodiverse” learners—those with academic challenges related to conditions such as dyspraxia, dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyscalculia, autism spectrum disorder, and Tourette syndrome—and disseminate findings to teachers of courses that are related to neuroscience and, more broadly, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Neuroscience Mentorship Program

Partnering with Neuroscience Undergraduates, the Neuroscience Mentorship Program is aimed at increasing accessibility in applying to PhD programs. Mentors can help with preparing for graduate school applications, preparing for post-baccalaureate program applications, and assist with getting research positions (reviewing CVs, helping prepare for interviews, etc.).

Founder: Gillian Grennan ()
Officer: Makenzie Patarino (✉)

Neuroscience Undergraduate Reading Program (NURP)

NURP is a student-run organization that pairs graduate students with undergraduate students each quarter for a one-on-one journal club culminating in a presentation by the undergraduate given at our end-of-quarter talks. The main goal of NURP is to enhance undergraduate scientific literacy and provide opportunities for undergraduates to grow in their presentation skills and graduate students to grow in their mentorship skills. The program is open to all graduate students who perform neuroscience-related research regardless of the specific PhD program they are in.


Rainier Scholars Basic Science Research Summer Program

Inspired by A Hope in the Unseen and modeled after the Prep for Prep program in New York City, Rainier Scholars was founded by Bob Hurlbut in 2000 on the belief that all students deserve an equal opportunity to excel academically and become thriving community and workplace leaders.

We support students most underrepresented on college campuses: Multi-Generational African American, African immigrant, Hispanic/Latinx, first-generation Asian, Pacific Islander and Native American students who have the greatest number of barriers to achieving a college degree.

Coordinator: Dr. Fred Rieke (✉)

Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Pacific Cascade Chapter

We exist to promote understanding of the nervous system, both among practicing neuroscientists and the public at large. We count among our members about 300 students, staff, and faculty members at the University of Washington and other local institutions in the Puget Sound area.

Our main activities are to co-sponsor an annual meeting of neuroscientists in the Pacific Northwest and to help enhance teaching of neuroscience to local school children. We aim to sponsor travel fellowships to support participation of students in national or international meetings.

We are part of the Society for Neuroscience based in Washington DC.

Please feel free to contact us or visit the website if you have any questions.

Eric Chudler, Ph.D., President & Bryan White, Ph.D., Vice President

Young Scholars Program – REACH

The Center for Neurotechnology (CNT) at the University of Washington sponsors a five day “YSP-REACH” program on the Seattle Campus during the summer. High school students receive an introduction to neuroscience and neural engineering, neuroethics, scientific communication, and the latest developments in brain-computer interfaces. Participants have the opportunity to tour CNT partner labs in departments including Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. The goal is to provide students with exposure to the field of neural engineering and provide basic preparation for college studies in STEM subjects as well as future STEM careers. The program is well suited for students interested in a STEM career, with a specific interest in neural engineering and neuroscience.