Registration Update: The 2020 FUN WORKSHOP is just 180 days away!

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The 25th Anniversary FUN Workshop

Undergraduate Neuroscience Education:

Best Practices for Rigor, Respect, Responsibility and Outreach

Davidson College

Davidson, North Carolina

July 31- August 2, 2020

Applying for the Workshop

To serve you better, registration will open February 19, 2020

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Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience has sponsored eight previous workshops focused on helping faculty develop and sustain neuroscience programs at undergraduate colleges and universities.  We are pleased to invite you to our ninth workshop, that will be held at Davidson College, Davidson North Carolina,  July 31-August 2, 2020. Sessions begin at 2:00 pm July 31 and conclude at 1:15 pm on August 2. Participants will be encouraged to submit an abstract for a “What Works?” poster, teaching demonstration of table discussion topic at registration. The comprehensive fee for all workshop costs, including materials, meals and residence hall lodging for the nights of July 31 and August 1, is $550. A limited number of partial scholarships are available for underrepresented minority faculty members, faculty from institutions serving women and minority groups, and faculty from institutions currently unable to provide support, and, for local prefaculty (Post-Docs and Graduate students) wishing to attend. 

In addition to the main workshop, we again will offer the optional Preworkshop Intensive Laboratory Experience July 30-31, 2020. Note: space for this special, hands-on event is limited to 40 participants who are also registering for the main workshop. The comprehensive fee for the workshop plus the preworkshop intensive laboratory experience (including all materials, meals and residence hall lodging for the nights of July 29, 30, 31 and August 1) is $790.


Aims and Objectives 

  • To examine the undergraduate neuroscience curriculum as it continues to evolve, and help guide efforts to create, assess and sustain rigorous and inclusive neuroscience programs at schools as diverse as liberal arts colleges and research universities.
  • To aid in preparing neuroscience faculty for leadership roles in departmental, institutional, professional organizations or other settings.
  • To introduce faculty to innovative laboratory experiences that serve as the basis for the development of both investigative/discovery-based and integrative interdisciplinary laboratory experiences. 
  • To prepare faculty to develop competitive grant applications to support their educational and research programs. 
  • To discuss local and national efforts to build and strengthen neuroscience education at the undergraduate level. 
  • To prepare workshop participants to initiate and sustain reforms on their home campus. 
  • To build on or help create regional networks for ongoing collaboration following the Workshop.


Case studies, plenary presentations, small group sessions, teaching demonstrations, a poster session and individual consultations will address all dimensions of undergraduate neuroscience education, including determining what needs to be taught, dissolving institutional and departmental barriers, building an institutional team committed to reform, developing more appropriate spaces for teaching and learning, funding innovative efforts, Fostering diversity in the sciences, Study abroad, and community outreach. Sessions will be of interest to neuroscience faculty as well as department chairs, deans, development officers, and others with responsibility for strengthening undergraduate programs, particularly those that cross disciplinary boundaries in and with science and mathematics in general, and neuroscience specifically.      


Please feel free to contact any of the members of the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Workshop Planning Committee!

Alo Basu, College of the Holy Cross (phone: 508-793-3750;

Irina Calin-Jageman, Dominican University (phone: 708-524-6596;

Robert Calin-Jageman, Dominican University (phone: 708-524-6581;

Jason Chan, Cornell University (phone: 317-955-6458;

Bruce Johnson, Cornell University (phone: 607-254-4323 or 607-254-4351;

Barbara Lom, Co-Host, Davidson College (phone: 607-254-4323 or 607-254-4351;

Julio Ramirez, Co-Host, Davidson College (phone: 607-254-4323 or 607-254-4351;

Eric Wiertelak, Committee Chair, Macalester College (phone: 651-696-6111;