Faculty Workshops

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

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The next FUN workshop will be held July 31, 2020 at Davidson College!

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The 2020 FUN Undergraduate Neuroscience Education Workshop:

Best Practices for Rigor, Respect, Responsibility, and Outreach

 

Friday, July 31 - Sunday, August 02, 2020

Want more? Also attend our Pre-Workshop Intensive Lab Experience,

Thursday, July 30 - Friday, July 31

 

To be held at Davidson College (near Charlotte, North Carolina)

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Plan to attend the 2020 FUN Undergraduate Neuroscience Education Workshop.  Case studies, plenary presentations, small group sessions, a poster session, and individual consultations will address numerous dimensions of undergraduate neuroscience education, including developing and sustaining rigorous and inclusive curricula, dissolving institutional and departmental barriers, building institutional teams committed to reform, funding innovative efforts, program evaluation and assessment, study away, community outreach, and more.  Sessions will be of interest to neuroscience faculty members at all career stages, as well as department chairs, deans, development officers, and others with responsibilities for strengthening undergraduate programs, particularly those that cross disciplinary boundaries in and with science and mathematics in general, and neuroscience specifically.

This ninth FUN summer workshop convenes at the site of the first FUN workshop 25 years ago.  If you have yet to attend a FUN workshop, or if you have attended all nine, you will not want to miss the 2020 Workshop at Davidson.  Watch for registration to open in January 2020 and come for a weekend devoted to undergraduate neuroscience education so unique that it only comes every three years.

Questions about the workshop?  Email conference@funfaculty.org or call Conference Co-Chair Julio Ramirez at 704-894-2888.


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 Pomona College in 2008.
  • The 6th FUN workshop was held in Ithaca College in 2014.
  • The 7th 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.