Brain Awarness Travel Award

The Brain Awareness Travel Award honors an outstanding undergraduate student active in neuroscience education and outreach who is nominated by a member of the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN). The award includes complimentary registration to the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) annual meeting and a $750 stipend to offset travel expenses. This award is sponsored by the SfN.  The Annual SfN meeting takes place each fall. 

The call for the 2019 competition is now closed.  Stay tuned for details for the 2020 competition.  The call for submissions is usually opened in the summer with a due date in early August. 

Past BAW Travel Award Winners:

  • 2015 Ellen Emery (Azusa Pacific University)
  • 2014 Alexandria D'Ambruoso (University of New England)
  • 2013 Ashleigh Gonzales (Arizona State University)
  • 2012 Sasha Halasz (Mravian College)
  • 2011 Daniella Brutman (Lake Forest College)
  • 2010 Tayler O'Connell (Ohio Wesleyan University)
  • 2009 Allison Batties (Lycoming College) and Michael Miller (Binghamton University)

Students who apply for this award must be able to present their poster at the SfN Brain Awareness Campaign Event (usuall the Saturday of the Meeting) AND attend the FUN Poster Session and Social (usually the Sunday of the meeting). It is not necessary that the student be enrolled as an undergraduate at the time of the SfN fall meeting. Students are eligible if the work was conducted while enrolled as an undergraduate student.

Previous Calls:

Below is the call for the 2019 competition, which is now closed.

The complete application is due by Thursday, August 1, 2019

Each applicant will be required to submit the following:

  • an abstract describing the Brain Awareness project
  • A statement (1250 words maximum) by the student, explaining the educational aims of the project, contribution to the project, and relevance of this Brain Awareness experience to the applicant’s future career as a scientist or science educator.
  • The applicant’s resume, highlighting activities demonstrating the student’s potential as a scientist or science educator.

The Faculty Sponsor will be contacted via email for:

  • A confidential statement clearly identifying contributions the candidate made to the Brain Awareness project and describing the candidate’s potential as a scientist or science educator.  This will be due by August 5, 2019.

A panel of FUN members and members of SfN’s Public Education and Communication Committee will judge the award applications.

The following criteria will be used to evaluate the applications:

  • The importance, quality and originality of the Brain Awareness project
  • The student’s contribution to the Brain Awareness project
  • The candidate’s potential as a scientist and an educator. 
  • Preference is given to students who are first author on the abstract. 

The online application must be completed by Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 8 PM EDT/5 PM PDT   Please use the following link to access the online application:

If you have any questions, or concerns, please feel free to contact Hewlet McFarlane or Alissa Ortman.



Ronald Bayline

President, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience

Washington & Jefferson College

Alissa Ortman Manager

Society for Neuroscience



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