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 drugs affect the brain and how sensory systems detect stimuli in the environment, visit active neuroscience labs, and conduct exciting neuroscience experiments.

At a Glance


Dates: June 6 – 11 and June 27 – July 2

Who Can Apply?: 9th – 12th grade students

Program Length: Sunday – Friday

Program Tuition: $2,700

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

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*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:

  • Neuroanatomy and Neurobiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Electrophysiology
  • Artificial Intelligence/Modeling

Hands-On Experiences:

  • Explore neuroanatomy through the dissection of a sheep brain
  • Observe electrophysiological experiments 
  • Research and present neuroscience poster project
  • Visit neuroscience labs, fMRI, and MEG
  • Action potential cockroach lab

*Hands-on experiences are subject to change.

Neuroscience Institute Cost

Winston-Salem (Overnight) | $2,700

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A Day in the Life

  • 8:00 am – Morning Meeting and Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – Welcome and Program Introduction
  • 9:30 am – Visit the Neuron Observatory
  • 10:00 am – Visit to the Neurophysiology Lab
  • 12:00 pm – Lunch
  • 1:00 pm – Neuroanatomy with Human Brain
  • 3:30 pm – Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
  • 4:30 pm – Neuroimaging Experiments
  • 5:00 pm – Debrief for the Next Day
  • 5:30 pm – Dinner
  • 6:30 pm – Evening Activities
  • 7:30 pm – Free Time
  • 9:00 pm – Prepare for Bed
  • 10:00 pm – Lights Out

* The “A Day in the Life” sample schedule is subject to change. 

Meet Your Academic Leader

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 rhythms of the brain, including normal sleep rhythms involved in long-term memory storage and pathological rhythms 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.