Neuroscience Institute

From the molecular to the philosophical- explore how the brain develops, functions, and learns.

Neuroscience is an exciting and rapidly growing interdisciplinary field encompassing the study of the nervous system and its role in regulating behavior. Students will examine the structure of the brain through hands-on dissection. Learn how sensory systems detect stimuli in the environment and how drugs affect the brain. Visit active neuroscience labs as well as conduct exciting neuroscience experiments.

At a Glance


Dates: June 10-15, 2018

Eligibility: Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school and incoming college freshman

Program Length: 1-week sessions

Program Tuition: $2,250

Location: Winston-Salem, NC – Wake Forest University Reynolda Campus

Residential or Non Residential: Residential

*Courses carry no secondary school or college credit. Upon completion of the program, an official Wake Forest University certificate of achievement will be awarded to all Neuroscience Institute participants.

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What You’ll Experience

Topics Covered

  • Brain Anatomy
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Sensory Physiology
  • Neuroimaging

Hands-On Experience:

  • On-site visit to Neuroscience Labs at Wake Forest University
  • Explore Neuroanatomy by Dissecting your Own Sheep Brain
  • Conduct Electrophysiological Experiments on Invertebrate Nervous Systems
  • Tour the Neuroimaging Facility at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Neuroscience Institute Costs:

Reynolda Campus (Residential Program) | $2,250

A Day in the Life

  • 8:00 – 9:00 am – Arrive and Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 9:30 am – Welcome and Program Introduction
  • 9:30-10:00 am – Guest Speaker: Sensory Physiology
  • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Visit to the Neuroscience Lab
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm – Lunch
  • 1:00 – 3:30 pm – Sheep Brain Disscetion
  • 3:30 – 4:30 pm – Guest Speaker: Behavioral Neuroscience
  • 4:30 – 5:00 pm – Neuroimaging Lab
  • 5:00 – 5:30 pm – Debrief for the next day
  • 5:30 – 6:30 pm – Dinner
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm – Evening Activities
  • 7:30 – 9:00 pm – Free time
  • 9:00  – 10:00 pm – Prepare for Bed
  • 10:00 pm – Lights Out

Wayne-Silver Wayne Silver

Academic Leader, Neuroscience

Dr. Wayne L. Silver is a Professor of Biology and Director of the Undergraduate Neuroscience Program at Wake Forest University. He graduated with a BA in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Biology from Florida State University. He worked at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia before coming to Wake Forest in 1985.

Dr. Silver area of specialty is Sensory Neurobiology, in particular the chemical senses. He has published over 60 scientific articles and book chapters and is the co-editor of the book, The Neurobiology of Taste and Smell.