About FUN

THE FUN WORKSHOP IS HAPPENING THIS SUMMER.  Full details and registration are now online: https://funfaculty.org/conference

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.



2017 Brain Awareness 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 from November 11-15, 2017, in Washington, D.C..

The student will be required to present a poster at the SfN Brain Awareness Campaign Event (Saturday, Nov. 11, 3-4:30 pm) AND attend the FUN Poster Session and Social (Sunday, Nov 13, 6:45-8:45pm). 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.

The complete application is due by July 24, 2017

Each applicant will be required to submit a single pdf document containing 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 July 28, 2017.

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 Monday, July 24, 2017.   Please use the following link to access the online application:


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



Leah Chase

President, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience

Hope College

[email protected]

Alissa Ortman

BrainFacts.org Manager

Society for Neuroscience

[email protected]



Past 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
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.
  The SOMAS-URM (Support Of Mentors And their Students from UnderRepresented Minorities) program supports the research of junior faculty and students from predominantly undergraduate institutions.
Educational Resources in Neuroscience, an online database of teaching resources for higher education in neuroscience.