Faculty Workshops

The Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience holds workshops every 3-4 years centered around designing, implementing and assessing neuroscience programs in undergraduate settings. 

Call for 2026 FUN Workshop Host
The Triennial Pedagogical Workshop is a highlight for many FUN members. The FUN Education Committee solicits non-binding letters of interest to host the next workshop in the summer of 2026. Selection of the host institution will occur in late-spring 2024 to allow sufficient planning time. Minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and institutions with strong MSI partnerships are particularly encouraged to apply.

The workshop hosts will be expected to participate in regular meetings with the FUN Education Committee and should plan to dedicate several hours per week in the months leading up to the workshop. A member of the workshop host institution planning committee will also be expected to participate in efforts to seek external funding and sponsorship for the workshop. The host institution is not necessarily required to provide monetary support for speakers or direct costs for the workshop but will be expected to provide resources (space, volunteer hours, etc…) that support the on-ground experience.
The letter of interest should outline the following:

  • Potential members of the host planning team and their departmental affiliations/disciplinary backgrounds. Multi-disciplinary planning teams are encouraged.
  • Possible dates and/or any time constraints of consideration.
  • Describe the ability of the host institution and hosting team to meet the following expectations:
    • Provide low-cost housing (e.g. residence hall rooms) for ~100-120 participants
    • Provide facilities for lab demonstrations, presentations, meetings, meals, and social gatherings
    • Proximity to an airport for travel
    • Partnerships with other regional institutions (as appropriate)
    • Partnerships with campus conference staff (where possible)
    • At least one FUN member on the hosting team (with more than one if possible)
  • Highlights of the area and/or institution that would be of particular interest to workshop participants.
  • Any additional information for FUN to consider

 
Please email the letter of intent to David Donley, Education Committee co-chair, by April 1st, 2024. Potential hosts are welcome and encouraged to ask questions during the process of developing the letter of intent.


Questions?

Please feel free to contact any of the members of the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Education Committee

 

Previous Meetings:
  • At the 1st FUN workshop, held at Davidson College in 1995, participants developed four blueprints to guide faculty in their efforts to enrich the undergraduate science curriculum of their institutions by developing courses and programs in an interdisciplinary and marvelously fertile young science: Neuroscience.
  • At the 2nd FUN workshop, held at Oberlin College in 1998, participants used these blueprints as a foundation to explore cutting-edge laboratory exercises designed to serve as the basis for the development of investigative, discovery-based laboratory experiences and the steps involved in launching regional meetings emphasizing undergraduate neuroscience research.
  • At the 3rd FUN workshop, held at Trinity College in 2001, participants again explored laboratory exercises as well as simulations of synaptic transmission, and further examined issues in developing regional meetings emphasizing undergraduate neuroscience research.
  • At the 4th FUN workshop, held at Macalester College in 2005, in addition to exploring new laboratory experiences and development of leadership skills, the participants revisited the four original curricular blueprints that served as curricular models in neuroscience since 1995, and, to address the directions that neuroscience is headed in the coming decades, added a fifth curricular blueprint, neuroscience studies
  • The 5th FUN workshop was held at Macalester College in 2008.
  • The 6th FUN workshop was held at Pomona College in 2011
  • The 7th FUN workshop was held at Ithaca College in 2014.
  • The 8th FUN workshop was held at Dominican University in 2017 - It was a fantastic meeting thanks to the amazing roster of participants and presenters, the support of Dominican University, the backing of our wonderful sponsors (AD Instruments, INCF, Backyard Brains, and Neurobytes), and the tireless efforts of our programming committee.  The FUN doesn’t stop, though–the materials and videos generated from the meeting are all preserved on this website (click here), and we know that participants will carry forward the energy and ideas from FUN 2017 into their classrooms and beyond.
  • The 2020 workshop was to be held at Davidson College, but had to be cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A Summer Virtual Meeting was held in an online-only format in July, 2020.
  • The 2023 workshop, titled Re-imagining Neuroscience Education, was held at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington from July 27 to July 30, 2023.  More details about the workshop can be found here