The Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience holds workshops every 3-4 years centered around designing, implementing and assessing neuroscience programs in undergraduate settings.
The 2023 FUN 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
Meeting Description: The theme of the 2023 FUN Workshop “Reimaging Neuroscience Education” will empower educators to pursue inclusive excellence in neuroscience through high-impact pedagogical practices. Workshop topics will include a broad array of ideas, approaches and techniques: inclusive pedagogy and active learning approaches for the neuroscience teaching lab, research lab, and classroom; student and faculty mindsets, identities, and wellness; integrative STEM education; and decolonization of neuroscience education. Faculty will also have the opportunity to participate in teaching demonstrations, minisymposia, and a poster session.
A pre-workshop satellite event will be held at the Allen Institute in Seattle on July 26 for a limited number of participants. You will be invited to register for the satellite during the registration process. There is no cost to participate in this satellite event.
Please feel free to contact any of the members of the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Education Committee
- 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.