Sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and the Child Neurology Society.
This award is designed to encourage high school students to explore the world of the brain and nervous system through research, identify and reward those students whose scientific skill and talent indicate potential for scientific contributions in the field of neuroscience, and recognize the efforts of science teachers who have demonstrated support for students interested in neuroscience.
- Four (4) winners will each receive a $1,000 prize
- Three (3) winners and their teachers will receive airfare (up to $650), two nights hotel, $100 per day for expenses (up to two days), and the opportunity to present their work during a scientific poster session at the AAN 72nd Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada.
- One (1) winner and his/her teacher will receive airfare, three nights hotel, a daily per diem (up to three days), and the opportunity to present his/her work at the 2020 Child Neurology Society Annual Meeting
- Students must be enrolled in secondary school (grades 9-12) in the United States, regardless of age
- Applications must represent original research as well as the original written work of the applicant. Projects do not need to occur in formal/traditional lab settings.
- Each project should be the work of an individual student; group projects are not eligible (teachers are encouraged to provide guidance as needed, but must allow each student to demonstrate his/her own creativity)
- Family members of the judges, the AAN Science Committee, or AAN staff are not eligible to apply
All entries will be reviewed by a panel of physicians and scientists who are actively engaged in neuroscience research at academic institutions throughout the US. Four prize winners will be selected through two rounds of competition.
- Completed application form
- Maximum 300-word abstract
- Research report
- An e-signature from your parent/gaurdian, teacher, and mentor are required and will be needed to complete your application. Please make sure they are aware so the application can be processed on time.
All project entries received by the deadline date will be judged by physician and scientist members of the American Academy of Neurology based on the following criteria:
- Relevance to Neuroscience
The problem being investigated concerns the brain or the nervous system including, but not limited to: anatomy, physiology, pathology, function, and behavior. Behavior and psychology projects are not encouraged unless there is a clear link to neurophysiology.
Creativity will be based on the originality of the problem-solving approach, even if the specific problem being addressed is not a new or unusual one.
- Interpretation of Data
The scope of the hypothesis and methodology is feasible. The potential significance of the experiments is placed in the proper perspective. Potential pitfalls of the methodology or interpretation have been addressed
- Research Reports
The report is organized, well-written, and the accompanying figures and tables are clearly labeled and readable.
Ten finalists will have the opportunity to have their project reviewed by two additional judges. The winners will be selected based on the judging criteria listed above.
August 23, 2019 - October 10, 2019. (11:59 pm Central Daylight Time)
The award opens for applications on August 23th, with the closing deadline of October 10th.