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, and visit active neuroscience labs as well as conduct exciting neuroscience experiments.

*The above content is representative of the Summer Immersion Program on-campus experience. 

At a Glance


Dates:Summer 2021 dates will be announced on November 1, 2020.

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

Program Length: 4-day sessions (Mon. – Thurs.)

Program Hours: 1:00- 4:30 PM (EST)

Program Tuition: $700

Location: Online

*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.

What You’ll Experience

Topics Covered

  • Neuro Anatomy
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Electrophysiology
  • Neuroimaging
  • Artificial Intelligence/Modeling
  • Neurobiology and Disease

Virtual Experience:

  • Explore neuroanatomy by through the dissection of a sheep brain
  • Observe electrophysiological experiments 

*Virtual experiences are subject to change.

Neuroscience Institute Costs:

Online | $700

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A Day in the Life

  • 1:00 PM – Sign-on
  • 1:05 PM – Norms surrounding online learning
  • 1:10 PM – Deacon Dive In- Welcome to Wake Forest University!
  • 1:15 PM – Online Icebreaker – Get to Know Our Cohort
  • 1:30 PM – Welcome from Academic Leader- Dr. David Klorig
  • 1:40 PM – Session 1 Topic: A Day in the Life of a Neuroscientist
  • 2:10 PM – Session 1: Q and A
  • 2:25 PM – Break
  • 2:30 PM – Session 2 Topic: Virtual Brain Dissection
  • 3:00 PM – Session 2 – Q&A
  • 3:15 PM – Academic Leader Daily Challenge, Whole Group Discussion – Polls, Q&A
  • 3:30 PM – Deacon Discussion- Wake Forest Student Mentors, Q&A
  • 4:30 PM – Wrap Up from Academic Leader

* Schedule  is subject to change. 

Dates for Summer 2021 will be announced on November 1, 2020.

David Klorig

Academic Leader, Neuroscience

David Klorig received his PhD in Neuroscience at Wake Forest in 2014. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Dwayne Godwin. Dr. Klorig’s research focuses on normal and pathological rhythmns of the brain, including normal sleep rhythmns involved in long-term memory storage and pathological rhythmns involved in seizure. He uses state-of-the-art techniques to identify and understand the organizing principles of the brain using an iterative process of technical development, experimentation, and computational modelling. His findings also form the basis of a collaborative effort to improve treatment strategies for epilepsy by identifying and characterizing mechanisms of seizure initiation and propagation, and an NIH-funded project to identify novel therapeutic approaches to treating alcohol-withdrawal induced hyperexcitability and seizure.