Marshall University

Organized by:
Marshall University

Participating Organizations:

Marshall University, Huntington, WV; College of Science, Department of Biological Sciences. St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, WV, Cabell-Huntington Hospital Neuroscience, Huntington, WV; Alzheimer’s Association, WV Chapter.

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit

Target Audiences:

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

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

The Annual Marshall University Brain Expo was held on March 31, 2017 at the Memorial Student Center on Marshall’s main campus. Twenty-seven interactive stations provided information about the brain and nervous system, and about lifestyle choices for brain health to a total of 700 of elementary school students. Each group of students spent two hours at the expo. School groups were split into small groups of 6-8 students that moved among stations independently, they were each provided a sticker card to help them navigate, receiving a sticker on their card when they completed the activity at a station. Stations were presented by Marshall University students, faculty, and by our Community Partners. The children learned new scientific concepts through fun, hands-on activities, while undergraduate students provided accessible role models and practiced science communication skills.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

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

Other Publicity Methods:

We distributed a slide to Biology faculty and asked them to announce the event and encourage their students to volunteer.

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

We have found that email is the best way to connect with schools that attend the Expo. Undergraduate volunteers are recruited via email (previous participants), flyers in the science building, and announcements in Biology lectures.


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:

  • It’s Mindboggling!
  • More Mindbogglers!
  • BAW Stickers
  • BAW Pencils and 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?

Brain Expo is one of the largest public education events on campus every year. Many of the student volunteers return throughout their careers at Marshall. Similarly, many of the schools that attend do so every year. Some schools come from rural areas where children have limited access to interactive science outside of the classroom.

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Contact Information

BAW Website:

Contact Name:

Nadja Spitzer

Contact Phone:

304 696 7147

Contact Email:

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