FUN Poster Submission

FUN Poster Submission is now open to members in good standing; click here.

Welcome to FUN!

FUN Members -- Bruce Johnson has been awarded the Society for Neuroscience Award for Education in Neuroscience! Congratulations Bruce! FUN Business Meeting Committee Reports and Agenda can be found at the bottom of this page as an attachment. The FUN Business meeting will take place Sunday from 7-8 am in the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Aqua Salon BC. Hope to see you there!


FUN things to do at SfN in 2016


The FUN both will be located at #4215.  We will again have a 3-booth area, with two dedicated to sales, and the third for informational conversations and meetings (see the last page for a list).


Want to stop by some posters?  On Saturday from 1-5 pm and again Sunday from 8-12 am, the following Theme J posters will be available                                              (along with lots of others related to education and outreach):

FUN: 23.17SA / NNN1

Nu Rho Psi: 23.11SA / MMM57

Journal for Undergraduate Education (JUNE): 23.02SA / MMM49

Northeast Under/graduate Research Organization for Neuroscience (NEURON): 23.01SA / MMM48

FUN Meetings we hope you will attend:

FUN Business Meeting will take place on Sunday, November 13, 7-8 am, Hilton San Diego Bayfront Aqua Salon BC, a continental breakfast will be provided and the meeting will consist of reports from the committees, recognition of officers and plans for the upcoming year.

FUN Social and Poster Session will take on Sunday, November 13, from 6:45-8:45 pm at the San Diego Marriott Marquis Grand Ballrooms 5-7 (North Tower).  We will have nearly 150 undergraduate posters, recognize travel award winners, announce faculty awards, recognize new and outgoing officers and celebrate FUN’s 25th anniversary.

The Professional Development events in the Teaching Neuroscience section are mainly organized or presented by FUN members and might have lots of relevance to what you do each day, I’ve listed those here.  Check out the other Professional Development opportunities as well; there is one focused on Optimizing the Mentor-Trainee Relationship and another titled Success in Academe, Focus on Strategies for Women.

cNDP Workshop: Training the Trainers: Diverse Career Trajectories in Neuroscience: Helping Trainees Chart a Course for Success

Organizer/Moderator: Elizabeth Van Bockstaele

Panelists: M. Friedlander, W.J. Koroshetz, E. Thiels

Saturday, Nov 12, 2016, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., San Diego Convention Center (SDCC) 30C

Abstract: The Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a workshop in October 2014 to discuss how best to develop the next generation of scientists to advance neuroscience. Results of this Forum were summarized in an article published June 1st in Neuron. In this workshop, authors of the Neuron paper will highlight (1) how to best train and retain a talented work force to ensure a bright future for the field of neuroscience and (2) strategies for preparing the next generation of neuroscience trainees with the skills and expertise necessary for diverse career opportunities..


Creating, Sustaining, and Enhancing Undergraduate Neuroscience Programs

Organizer/Moderator: Janet M. Finlay

Panelists: C.D. Aizenman, B.S. Beltz, E.M. Carpenter, B. Lom, A.F. Sved

Saturday, Nov 12, 2016, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., SDCC 30C

Abstract: It is an exciting time for undergraduate neuroscience education. To meet demand in this area, colleges and universities are increasingly exploring opportunities to create and enhance undergraduate neuroscience programs. Panelists representing a variety of academic institutions and neuroscience programs will briefly describe how undergraduate neuroscience education has been advanced at their institutions. This workshop is intended to be interactive, with an emphasis on creating a forum for audience and panelists to engage in discussion of mechanisms for creating and enhancing undergraduate neuroscience education.


Teaching Neuroscience with Big Data

Organizer/Moderator: William Grisham & Richard Olivio

Monday, Nov 14, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., SDCC 31C

Panelists: J.C. Brumberg, T. Gilbert, W. Gray Roncal, L. Lanyon, R.A. Poldrack, R.W. Williams

Abstract: Neuroscience has entered the realm of big data with "neuroinformatics," the study of the brain and nervous system using massive datasets. Although many of these data collections began as closed repositories of research data, a number of them are now open for use in teaching. The workshop will introduce four examples of neuroscience "big data" collections, and demonstrate how these open datasets have been used to teach students. The collections are the Allen Brain Atlas, the Mouse Brain Library and Gene Network, the Open Connectome Project, and OpenfMRI. The workshop will conclude by discussing general resources and curricula for teaching neuroinformatics, a new and developing area of expertise for most faculty.


It's a Win-Win: Effectively Engaging Undergraduates in Research

Organizer/Moderator: Donita L Robinson

Monday, Nov 14, 2016 12pm - 2pm, SDCC 30C

Panelists: D.A. Kozlowski, C. Da Cunha, S.D. Dickinson, R.A. Gonzales, H.G. McFarlane, M.I. Palmatier

Abstract:  Undergraduate students can be vital to your research team. Are you integrating them effectively? Undergraduates on your team are a win-win: students get lab experience, their graduate and postdoctoral mentors learn supervisory skills, and you advance your research agenda. We'll cover topics such as recruiting the right student, engaging undergrads as researchers, setting realistic expectations, maximizing a summer student and available resources to enhance the undergraduate research experience.

Do you have students attending SfN for the first time?

The Society has moved the “Getting the Most out of the Annual Meeting” to a Webinar again this year.  It will be released on November 2nd through Neuronline.

And what will be happening in that “third” FUN booth?  There will be a series of 10 informal professional development conversations throughout the conference.  Stop by for any and all.

·      Sunday 10-11 am: How to assess your Neuroscience program: led by Samantha Gizerian

·      Sunday 11 am-noon: Challenges and rewards of being teaching faculty at an R1 institution: led by Kristen Frenzel and Leah Roesch

·      Sunday 2-3 pm:  Sharing teaching insights: the FUN Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: led by Bruce Johnson

·      Sunday 3-4 pm: Do I want a job, and how would I prepare for a job, at a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI)? led by Katherine Mickley-Steinmetz and Luke Daniels

·      Monday 11am-noon: Best practices on designing an undergraduate Neuroscience program (major, minor or concentration): led by Laura Symonds and Mary Lou Caspers

·      Monday 2-3 pm: How to charter a chapter of Nu Rho Psi, the neuroscience honor society: led by Mike Kerchner, Beth Wee and Jade Zee

·      Monday 3-4 pm: Thinking of transitioning to administration? led by Chris Korey

·      Tuesday 10-11 am: Transitioning successfully from a post-doc to a PUI:  led by Ashley Fricks-Gleason

·      Tuesday 11 am-noon: Receiving and using NIH grants to support neuroscience work: led by Jimmy Roberts and Chris Platt

·      Tuesday 2-3 pm: Find out about the 2-year competitive FUN Equipment Loan Program: led by Veronica Martinez Acosta




FUN is an international organization that is focused on neuroscience education and research at the undergraduate level. FUN’s members and supporters include businesses and organizations; private liberal arts colleges, state and research university departments and programs; and individual faculty and students, all sharing a common interest in undergraduate neuroscience.  Our partners include:
Our Mission
  • Enhancing undergraduate participation in research and the presentation of research at the SFN meeting
  • Disseminating innovations in undergraduate neuroscience education
  • Recognizing excellence in undergraduate neuroscience education
  • Developing national and regional networks that enhance undergraduate neuroscience education and research and faculty development
Our mission is made possible through the generous support of our individual members, organizational members, and contributing members.  In particular the generous support of the companies and institutions who are contributing members make our Travel Award progam possible.


2016 Equipment Loan Program Call for Proposals

FUN is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for the 2016 Equipment Loan Program.  Through generous donations from ADInstruments, Data Sciences International (DSI), Kinder Scientific, Noldus Information Technology, and San Diego Instruments we are now accepting applications for proposals requesting a loan of equipment for research and/or teaching for FUN members.  A complete list of equipment available is available on the FUN website (  All dues-paying members of FUN are eligible to apply for this program.  Applications will be submitted electronically.  Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2016 and awards will be announced in early December.

We are very grateful to the following Friends of FUN; without their support this program would not be possible:

ADInstruments (
Data Sciences International (DSI,
Kinder Scientific (
Nikon Microscopy (
Noldus Information Technology (
San Diego Instruments (

If you have any questions at all about the Equipment Loan Program, feel free to contact the ELP Committee Chair (Jeff Smith) at



Accepting Nominations for FUN Leadership Positions

It is the time of year when we begin soliciting nominations for leadership positions in FUN.  We are currently accepting nominations for five positions including President-Elect,  Treasurer-Elect, and threeCouncilor positions.  Please consider nominating a colleague or yourself for any of these positions.  A complete description of each of these positions can be found at  

There are many great benefits to becoming part of the leadership of FUN!  You have the opportunity to really get to know and work with fantastic colleagues from different institutions.  You also get to provide great opportunities for our members and our undergraduate students by contributing to important grant programs like the FUN Student Travel Awards, the Brain Awareness Week Travel Awards, the Equipment Loan Program, etc.  Finally, it is a great way to gain leadership experience in a supportive environment.  So, please consider nominating yourself or a colleague for one of the open positions.

Nominations can be sent to the current President-Elect, Leah Chase at  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Leah by email.  Nominations will be open until August 12, 2016.  I look forward to hearing from you!


 FUN Supported Programs
The Journal of Underdergraduate Neuroscience Education (JUNE) is a publication of the Faculty of Undergraduate Neuroscience.  JUNE is an online journal for undergraduate neuroscience faculty that publishes peer-reviewed reports of innovations in undergraduate neuroscience education. JUNE serves as a mechanism for faculty to exchange information regarding topics such as laboratory exercises, new media, curricular considerations, and teaching methods.
  Nu Rho Psi is the National Honor Society in Neuroscience, founded in 2006 by the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience.

Congratulations again to our 2015 Student Travel Award Winners and 2015 Faculty Award Winners!











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