Neuroscience Boot Camp
Why Neuroscience Boot Camp?
Neuroscience is increasingly relevant to a number of professions and academic disciplines beyond its traditional medical applications. Lawyers, educators, economists and businesspeople as well as scholars of sociology, philosophy, applied ethics and policy are incorporating the concepts and methods of neuroscience into their work. For any field in which it is important to understand, predict or influence human behavior, neuroscience will play an increasing role. The Penn Neuroscience Boot Camp is designed to give participants a basic foundation in cognitive and affective neuroscience and to equip them to be informed consumers of neuroscience research.
The application period for Boot Camp 2013 is now over. In order to get the latest updates on when our application is open for 2014, please sign up for our mailing list in the sidebar on the right.
The academic program spans eight days, Monday-Wednesday, with all of Sunday off. Each session will begin at 9:00a.m. and end at 6:00p.m. The program begins with a welcome reception on the evening of Monday, July 29th and concludes with a dinner party on the evening of Wednesday, August 7th.
(1) Brief (not more than 200 words) statement of interest – How is neuroscience relevant to your work and how would you apply what you learn at Boot Camp?
Applicants applying for scholarship support should state how much support is needed (including full support if necessary). We also ask that you list potential sources of support, such as employers or graduate programs that you have approached, along with the result.
The Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, (supported by the MacArthur Foundation and headquartered at Vanderbilt University) provides need-based financial aid in the form of a limited number of Neuroscience Training Stipends. Stipends are awarded to applicants with financial need who do legal work, such as law professors, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and others.
Applications for support must be made submitted through our application site. Applicants from law-related fields who are applying for a Neuroscience Training Stipend from the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience must indicate how much support they are requesting and why. Applicants should also list other potential sources of support (such as from employers or research budgets) and describe any requests they have made for aid, and the result if known. Law faculty applicants should describe in sufficient detail their summer research grants (if any), as well as the size and projected balance of their research, conference, and/or travel budgets.
Reuters: Cognitive science gaining ground in U.S. academic religion studies
Reuters: God on the brain at Penn’s Neuroscience Boot Camp
Reuters: Is a moral instinct the source of our noble thoughts?
Bloggin' from Boot Camp:
Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four, Day Five, Day Six, Day Seven, Day Eight, Day Nine
2009, 2010 & 2011 Gallery:
Boot Camp Mailing List
Office of Government Relations, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
"The Penn Neuroscience Boot Camp provides a well-planned and accessible introductory curriculum, delivered by a team of terrifically engaging speakers. Short of enrolling in a full-time neuroscience program, this is the best available immersion. So people wanting to learn the basics about neuroscience, and why it is so significantly affecting so many disciplines (including law), should take this course."
Director, MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience; Prof. of Law & Prof. of Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University
"It was an outstanding experience in every way. The lectures were consistently excellent and the field visits were highly informative. My fellow "students" were diverse, engaged, intelligent and interesting, with an extraordinary range of professional accomplishments."
Chair, Department of Philosophy,
"I cannot imagine a better highlight tour of brain research today for curious journalists than the Penn Neuroscience Boot Camp. It activated my amygdala, tuned up my temporal sulcus and buffed up my Broca's area. My hippocampus still sings at the memory."
Senior staff writer,
Oakland University in Michigan
Director, Public Information & Outreach,
Society for Neuroscience
"The presenters were uniformly excellent, and the program made a big effort to give us lab tours to see neuroscientific tools in action. Most of all, I value the friendships and contacts I made -- there are half a dozen people with whom I still talk a year and a half later. This is a rewarding program for anyone who needs to know more about neuroscience for their professional lives."
The Hastings Center
"The lecturers were outstanding, and they presented basic concepts of neuroscience in ways accessible to non-scientists. In addition, informal discussions with an incredible array of expert attendees refined my understanding of neuroscience and its many applications in sociology, public policy, ethics, law, and other disciplines."
New York University