Our students, staff and faculty are constantly discovering new ways to engage with their communities. Below, on the right, you can find links and contact information for annual events. On the left, we keep a news feed with up-coming large events and celebrations of past events.


Brains Live! (Facebook Live)

Tuesday March 15, 2022 12:00 pm–12:30 pm

Connect with neuroscientist Dr. Manny Esguerra for this special Brain Awareness Week presentation. Live from a lab at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Esguerra will show us a real human brain and discuss what the brain does, how it can trick you, and what parts of a brain do important jobs.


Brain Awareness Week Poetry and Art Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Brain Awareness Week Poetry and Art Competition, Mari Gades (Poetry), Jessica Valiarovski (Art), and Laurel Schuck(Art) Full details can be found here: https://sites.google.com/umn.edu/umnbrainawarenessweek/brain-challenges/winners?authuser=0 

Eureka Neuroscience

Eleven students from the GPN and Neural Engineering department volunteered for the Eureka neuroscience event on 3/13th. Eureka is a collaboration of Girls Inc. and the YWCA which provides cohort-based science opportunities for girls in grades 8-12. Volunteers from the GPN planned the curriculum which consisted of brain trivia, brain region competition, lab tours (via flipgrid) and Q&A sessions.


Mysteries of Your Brain Planetarium

Mysteries of Your Brain Planetarium release show: the Brain2Brain roster is full, but we're looking for in-person presenters still -- email caolman@umn.edu if you want to do an in-person presentation Oct 15, 16, 17 or 18 (between 11 and 3).

Brain Awareness Week, March 16-22 2020

This week is Brain Awareness Week! Since we can't host any in person events we thought we would compile a list of virtual resources for you to try out.

Please share this with those in your communities.

Strong showing for Neuroscience at the Bell Museum!

Even with the Gophers defending their unbeaten status against Penn State on the other campus, the Bell Museum in St Paul was full of visitors who were curious about Neuroscience. THANK YOU to Scott Blain (PhD Candidate, Psychology), Maria Linn Evans (PhD Candidate, Neuroscience), Michael-Paul Schallmo (Assistant Professor, Psychiatry) and Nicola Grissom (Assistant Professor, Psychology) for providing brief presentations on personality, motor control, the interactions of mental health with vision, and autism.

Neuroscience is taking over the Bell Museum!

On Saturday, November 9, from 11am-3pm. If you want to help host a table with Spiker Boxes and Claws, give a presentation about your research, or show off our Brain Zoo in the Touch and Feel room, email caolman@ umn.edu Otherwise, come out with your family and friends to enjoy a day of Neuroscience fun hosted by MN Drive, Growing Brains and the Graduate Program in Neuroscience!

Annual events and partner organizations

Brain Awareness Week: traveling classroom presentations about brain structure and function for 4th-8th graders.  March 15-21, 2021

Go4BRAINS: summer neuroscience camp for high school students. Registration is open!

Brain Bee: we host an annual state-wide competition for high-school students; the winner competes at the National Brain Bee!

Brains at the State Fair: come out and see a real human brain and talk to neuroscience faculty, staff and students about your questions.

Our students enjoy visiting farmer’s markets and other venues with CBS’s Market Science.

The Institute for Child Development’s Growing Brains teams are experts at presenting interactive, neuroscience-inspired lessons on developing brains and students’ agency in their own development.

LADDER: monthly Saturday meetings at UROC. We'll do a Neuroscience day when in-person programming resumes.

INSPIRE hosts an annual conference for high school students. Next year is Neuroscience!

SciGirls and Cerebroedu.org is looking for Latinx role models

YWCA EUREKA program: after-school programming and science internships for girls in 8th-12th grade

MINDS Post-Baccalaureate Research Program for Underrepresented Minorities in Pursuit of a Career in Neuroscience.

CNS The goal of this program is to provide diverse individuals interested in neuroscience research with the professional tools needed to be successful.