How can I become involved in the field of behavioral neuroscience as a high school student?
- Reach out to universities: If you go online, you'll be able to look up neuroscience departments and colleges and universities near you, and you can directly email either a professor or the info email. If you let them know you're interested in learning more about behavioral neuroscience and ask if there are ways to get involved, they'll be more than happy to send you programs or recommend the next steps
- Look up neuroscience summer programs: There may be classes, camps, or even short online courses you can take related to neuroscience. Having some of these on your resume or even being able to speak to it in your application would be awesome
-Neuroscience research: Search online for high school programs that allow you to do neuroscience research at a university. Oftentimes these programs are subsidies by the school because it not only gives you a dip into neuroscience but allows the school to get extra help doing research
Alejandra recommends the following next steps:
Honestly, you have quite a few options. (1) I would reach out to behavioral specialists in your area to schedule shadowing. This is really beneficial as you will be connecting with someone who took a similar to the one you want to pursue. (2) If you want to participate in active-learning, I would suggest looking at neuro-rehab centers to see if they have availability for you to come in as a volunteer or, possibly, a job. I, personally, have worked at a neuro-rehab center for acute and traumatic brain injuries and it was a great experience in terms of being involved with the care of the patients.
I think you have already done great by identifying your interests and showing a willingness to getting started in the field. I wish you all the best!