Stony Brook University

Organized by:
Stony Brook University

Participating Organizations:

Stony Brook University Department of Neurobiology and BehaviorStony Brook University Center of Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CESAME)Stony Brook University Program in Undergraduate BiologyStony Brook University Center for Inclusive Education

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • School Program

Target Audiences:

  • Middle school students(6-8)

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

We invited about 25 middle school students and their teachers from a high-needs school district on Long Island to attend campus for “Brain Day,” which was a day-long event featuring hands-on experiments, neuroscience art projects, and lab tours. Many of the students were Spanish-speaking first Americans, who may be the first in their families to complete high school or college. A very diverse group of students and faculty interacted with the students, introduced them to careers in sciences, and encouraged them to pursue STEM opportunities in high school. The students had a great time and the volunteers also felt that the program was very successful.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Other

Other Publicity Methods:

We worked directly with the staff of the school district to recruit students and organize transportation for them.

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Because we already had contacts in the school district, communication was pretty easy.


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:

  • none

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

The volunteers who helped with the event expressed so much interest in future participation in events like this, and the entire department seems very supportive of more things like this happening in the future. The University is also actively engaged in outreach in the community, and hopes that this event may continue and expand in future years.

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Contact Information

Contact Name:

Sarah Malmquist

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