Explore neurobiology through discovery and hands-on learning.

Summer program for teens to unravel the mysteries of the brain and nervous system.

Program Highlights

Comprehend the fundamental structure and function of the mammalian nervous system.
Learn how neurobiological research has advanced our understanding of the complexities of the brain.
Explore disruptions in the brain caused by injury or neurological disease.
Analyze how the nervous system adapts throughout life in response to experiences

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Session 1:
June 16, 2024 June 28, 2024

Session 3:
June 30, 2024 July 12, 2024

Session 5:
July 14, 2024 July 26, 2024


Berkeley, CA


  • "Summer Springboard was a great time, the connections i’ve made and the exposure to college life that i’ve garnered are extremely valuable. It is also just a fun escape from the trials and tribulations of boring day-to-day life in the summer. I loved this program and would do it again in a heartbeat."

    Pranay M.

  • "I felt so welcomed by my peers and staff at this program, and I am so excited for a real college experience!"

    Carter G.

Course Overview

This course offers students a comprehensive introduction and exploration of neurobiology and the fascinating interdisciplinary study of neuroscience, the brain and nervous system. Students will explore “normal behavior” by dissecting the precise mechanisms the nervous system orchestrates thought, action, and emotion. Through a combination of lectures, interactive discussions, and hands-on activities, students will delve into the intricate world of molecules, cells, and the circuits that shape human behavior. From understanding developmental processes to examing the impacts of brain injury and disease, students will gain a holistic understanding of neurobiological principles while fostering a broader perspective on this fascinating field of research. Students will also explore the wide range of job prospects in neurobiology across many sectors including academic research, biotechology, drug discovery, clinical and medical settings, biomedical engineering, neuroinformatics and more.

Meet your instructor

Emily Twedell


Emily Twedell received her B.A. in Psychology and Neuroscience from Grinnell College. She was a Research Fellow at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes (NIH) investigating properties of midbrain dopamine neurons, and was a clinical researcher at the Motor Neurophysiology Laboratory at the University of Minnesota.

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Topics you'll explore

Hands-on Learning

Hands-on experiments in this course are carefully designed to expose students to a broad range of molecular, microbiological, and cell biological techniques currently used in research laboratories.

woman in biotechnology lab

Career Exploration

Students will have their in class learning brought to life through academic excursions and in class guest speakers that expose them to potential life sciences career pathways at leading Bay Area biotech companies.


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