About FUN

FUN Meetings we hope you will attend at the Annual Society for Neuroscience Meeting:

FUN Business Meeting will take place Sunday, November 4, from 7-8 am in the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel. The meeting will be held in the Rancho Santa Fe rooms which are located on the Lobby Level (for this hotel that is the second floor).  A light continental breakfast will be served; reports from committees and updates for the year will be presented.  All FUN members are invited and welcome to attend!

FUN Social and Poster Session will take on Sunday, November 4, from 6:45-8:45 pm in the Marriott Marquis: Grand Ballroom. We will have 172 undergraduate posters, recognize travel and faculty award winners, and recognize new and outgoing officers.


FUN things to do at SfN in 2018

The FUN booth will be located at #4300.  We will have a 3-booth area again, 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 from FUN members as well):

FUN: 023.17SA / LLL7

Nu Rho Psi: 023.14SA / LLL4

Journal for Undergraduate Education (JUNE): 203.18SA / LLL8

Northeast Under/graduate Research Organization for Neuroscience (NEURON): 026.18SU/ MMM10

The IMPULSE neuroscience journal: 024.26SU/ LLL39


There will be a series of 8 informal professional development conversations throughout the conference. Stop by for any or all!

  ·       Sunday 1 – 2 pm: How to successfully publish with your undergraduate research students – led by Carlita Favero

·       Sunday 2 – 3 pm: Are you a new FUN member? See who else is too – come to the booth for a meet and greet before the Social – led by Amy Jo Stavnezer

·       Monday 10 – 11 am: Strategic planning for FUN: Where do you want to see FUN in the future and how do you want it to get there?  Come and share your experiences and thoughts  – led by Ron Bayline

·       Monday 11 am – noon: Animal care and IACUC best practices and issues – led by Adrienne Betz

·       Monday 1 – 2 pm:  Balancing teaching and research at a PUI (primarily undergraduate institution) – led by Mary Lou Caspers

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

·       Monday 3 – 4 pm: Do I want a job, and how would I prepare for a job, at a PUI? – led by Sarah Holstein

·       Monday 4 – 5 pm: Strategic planning for FUN: Where do you want to see FUN in the future and how do you want it to get there?  Come and share your experiences and thoughts  – led by Ron Bayline

·       Tuesday 10 – 11 am: Find out about the 2-year competitive FUN Equipment Loan Program – led by Divya Sitaraman

·       Tuesday 11 – noon: How to charter a chapter of Nu Rho Psi, the neuroscience honor society – led by Beth Wee

·       Tuesday 1 – 2 pm: Strategic planning for FUN: Where do you want to see FUN in the future and how do you want it to get there?  Come and share your experiences and thoughts  – led by Ron Bayline


Do you have students attending the annual meeting of SfN for the first time?

The Society has moved the “Getting the Most out of the Annual Meeting” to a Web Chat in the Neuronline Community.  It’s from 2016, but can still be accessed at: http://neuronline.sfn.org/Articles/Professional-Development/2016/Getting-the-Most-Out-of-the-Annual-Meeting

Advice Articles: Head over to Neuronline's Advice for SfN's Annual Meeting section to discover tips for navigating the conference, featuring advice for networking, starting conversations, building your schedule, and more. http://neuronline.sfn.org/Collections/Advice-for-SfNs-Annual-Meeting or  http://neuronline.sfn.org/Articles/Professional-Development/2017/How-to-Plan-for-SfNs-Annual-Meeting-as-a-Trainee

Direct them to this JUNE article: A Guide for Undergraduates to the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting http://www.funjournal.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/june-15-e10.pdf

And don’t forget to tell them about the Graduate School Fair! Taking place this year Saturday1-3 pm, and Sunday through Tuesday 12-2 pm in Convention Center Sails Pavilion. 

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.
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. 





















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