Students working on a group project. Our Center develops new K-12 lesson plan to inspire a diverse group of students literate in neuroscience and neural-engineering. Our hope is that these students will then enrich national university and industry talent pools.

More specifically, the Center will expand and diversify the pipeline of underrepresented groups prepared for college and advanced degree completion in neural engineering disciplines by:

  • expanding partnerships with minority-serving institutions on K-12 project-based experiences (such as those provided by MESA programs),
  • working with programs that serve students with disabilities nationwide (including the DO-IT program),
  • offering a Research Experience for Undergraduate program and actively recruiting underrepresented groups that include women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

Student at computer The curricula and educational programs at all partnering institutions will expand on the impact of new discoveries to a broader audience. Graduate Certificate Programs and policies that make it possible to have a double major across colleges within  an institution will also contribute to more students being exposed to neural engineering.

The Center also provides faculty and student exchange programs across all partner institutions, with a special emphasis on building long-lasting and deep relationships with institutions that predominantly serve underrepresented minorities. Through international collaborations, the Center promotes a global view of science and technology concerns to student and faculty participants.