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How can I find biology research opportunities (particularly neuroscience) available to me given that I'm a high school student during the school year?

I'm an incoming junior with limited experience in the field, but I think it would be a wonderful experience to partake in research, whether of my own or of a professional. My only worry is with the timing complication (what with school and everything else).

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Karin’s Answer

Excellent idea to get into research as early as you can! It will also be useful on your CV when you apply for College and scholarships.

A Science Fair would be a good opportunity for you to do research on your own.

You can come up with your own project and present it at the local science fair first, then possibly go to State and possibly to the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). You find information here: https://ctsciencefair.org

I assume you are doing Biology in school? Talk to you teacher if they are maybe interested to mentor you in a research project.

Do you have a College in the vicinity? Contact them and ask if they have an opportunity to join or shadow a group and/or if they would be interested to mentor a research project.

UConn has a Summer Program for high-school students interested in Health careers:
https://health.uconn.edu/hcop/enrichment-programs/high-school-student-research-apprentice-program/
https://today.uconn.edu/2023/07/connecticut-high-school-students-conducting-research-at-uconn-health/#

Other programs:
https://www.polygence.org/research-opportunities/research-opportunities-for-high-school-students-in-connecticut

Good luck!

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Anwen’s Answer

It depends where you live. I would start with local colleges and see if they have any internships. Most of those will be over school breaks anyway. They also might have advanced placement classes you can take.

The other thing is to email or call professors or doctors who do neurology/neuroscience near you and just ask to shadow or ask them how to get started. The worst they can say is no and the best is that you get some advice, maybe a glance of their works, maybe a mentor.

Another resource is your guidance counselor who can recommend local programs and your teen program librarian .
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