Salary Range: Commensurate with university standards
The Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute is an interdisciplinary research institute at Columbia University focused on the mind and brain.
The BRAINYAC program (Brain Research Apprenticeships In New York At Columbia) is a mentored science research program for high school students run by the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. The program aims to introduce high school students to the academic scientific research environment, improve their science technical skills, and increase their understanding of science. Students are prepared for laboratory research during training sessions from January-April that focus on neuroscience content and basic laboratory skills. Students are paired with a scientist mentor and perform mentored scientific research for seven weeks during the summer. Students come away from the program with an increased understanding of how science works, advanced technical skills, and an increased understanding of science as a career.
The Zuckerman Institute seeks to support a high-performing BRAINYAC student to continue their lab internship experience at their host laboratory to expand their science technique skills and also assist their BRAINYAC mentor in research. The Merit Fellow will play a vital role in achieving the Zuckerman Institute's education and outreach programmatic goals. The program will place the student only with their mentor's explicit permission.
Reporting to the Associate Director of Public Programs, the BRAINYAC Merit Fellow will:
Continue and expand their summer research project running laboratory techniques and protocol
Participate in laboratory meetings and complete all other assigned duties
Occasionally assist in running the BRAINYAC training sessions and related activities,
Serve as a resource and positive role model for current BRAINYAC students
Participate in and complete all other duties as assigned.
Present project via poster board at American Museum of Natural History events
Attend and assist in staffing Zuckerman public programs such as Saturday Science and BRAINYAC.
The Merit Fellow will work between 10-20 hours per week depending on the specific tasks assigned and time of the year. The Merit Fellow must be able to commit to working occasional Saturday mornings during the spring, with additional hours scheduled flexibly during the week. This position will last approximately 8 months or no more than 999 hours (whichever comes first).
At least two years of High School experience. Willing to learn and share information about Zuckerman Institute education and outreach programs initiatives. Good interpersonal and communication skills. Demonstrated leadership potential with strong organizational skills. Must be self-motivated with a positive attitude. Must have successfully completed the BRAINYAC program in good standing.
The Merit Fellow's BRAINYAC mentor is available to continue mentorship.
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Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
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About Columbia University
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