Marshall University

Organized by:
Marshall University

Participating Organizations:

St. Mary’s Hospital and Nursing School Cabell Huntington Hospital

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)
  • University students

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

The 11th annual Marshall University Brain Expo was held at the Memorial Student Center on Thursday, April 4. Nearly 800 students in grades 3-6 from 11 WV schools plus gifted and homeschool programs attended. Schools came from as far away as Mingo County. Fun hands-on activities to learn about the brain and how to take care of it were presented by Marshall University undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty in addition to volunteers from our community partners: St. Mary’s Hospital and School of Nursing, Cabell Huntington Hospital, and Wayne High School PLTW Biomedical Science. “Touch a real brain”, “Brain and Spinal cord safety”, “Bugs have brains, too”, and “Seeing is Believing” were among the 26 interactive stations at this year’s event. These activities present scientific information in a fun, accessible way and provide relevant examples of science in everyday life. In addition to sharing their enthusiasm for science, student volunteers gain valuable experience in presenting science to a broad audience.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Press Release/Media Advisory
  • Website
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Emails directly to teachers were most effective in organizing schools to attend the event. Flyers and announcements by faculty in classes effectively recruited student volunteers while community partners and faculty were recruited and organized via email.


Of the Dana Foundation publications/resources distributed at your event(s), if any, please indicate the three most popular. Please choose up to three. If "other," please indicate below:

  • More Mindbogglers!
  • BAW Stickers
  • BAW Pencils
  • Brain-shaped Erasers
  • The Mindboggling Workbook

Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?

  • BAW Logos

Feedback & Keys to Success

How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?

The annual Marshall University Brain Expo is one of the largest public education events at this institution every year. The teachers who bring their students report high levels of interest and engagement in their students. The event generally receives positive coverage in the local media.

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Contact Information

BAW Website:

Contact Name:

Nadja Spitzer

Contact Phone:

304 696 7147

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