As an integral component of the overall BRAINS program, selected Fellows will be invited to attend a four-day symposium at IslandWood Conference Center on beautiful Bainbridge Island. Away from everyday distractions, participants will engage with a variety of professionals from the neuroscience fields, including a cohort of 24-28 peers and 12-15 senior scientists. In addition, several experienced professionals will host an array of workshops designed to meet the unique needs of underrepresented, early-career scientists in neuroscience-related fields. These Symposium activities will lay the foundation for deeper and ongoing support through the two-year BRAINS program, including the Fellows Mentoring Circles and the Fellows Cross-Cohort events.

The 2017 Fellows Symposium is scheduled for September 28 - October 1, 2017. It will take place at the IslandWood Conference Center on Baibridge Island, outside of Seattle, WA. A list of the the Fellows Symposium Panelists and Speakers can be found here. A draft agenda for the symposium can be found here PDF icon.

Highlights of the Symposium include the following:

  • Engagement with a cohort of 24-28 peers in neuroscience-related fields: Each symposium includes a cohort of 24-28 early career scientists. Participants will be surrounded by other underrepresented peer scientists who have invested in their neuroscience careers.
  • Mentorship and networking with senior scientists: Each symposium will include a group of 12-15 senior scientists to offer both formal and informal opportunities for mentorship and networking, including diverse perspectives on developing successful scientific careers.
  • Professional development workshop sessions: Numerous workshops and panels that center around early academic career development, including topics such as teaching, proposal writing and funding, mentoring, and tenure proposals.