The IPN is dedicated to advancing scientific knowledge in the non-academic community. Our student-run initiatives to increase awareness have resulted in programs which target multiple age groups. The IPN currently participates in Hot Topics in Health ScienceBrain Awareness Week, the International Brain Bee, and GUMSHOE, and hopes to expand outreach efforts in the future.

To get involved, please contact: Carrie Leonard

SfN DC Metro Area Chapter

The objectives of the Washington, DC Metro Area Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience are to a) advance the understanding of nervous system by bringing together scientists of various backgrounds, b) promote education in the neurosciences, and c) inform the public of the results and implications of current neuroscience research. IPN Student Valerie Darcey is the 2014-15 DCMA Chapter President, so please contact her for more information or click here for the membership application form. Please note that this is a local chapter only for neuroscientists in the Washington, DC area. If you live elsewhere, please find the chapter serving your region here.

Hot Topics in Health Science

Hot Topics in Health Science is a public seminar series organized by the Georgetown University Medical Center Graduate Student Organization (MCGSO). The goal of the Hot Topics series is to inform the public of a range of scientific issues of interest and relevance to daily life.

Topics of interest:

  • Clinical Methods   
  • Diseases
  • (Normal) Body System Functioning
  • Development
  • Aging
  • Drugs
  • Etc.


At each series gathering, a current issue in health science will be presented by a graduate student, post-doctoral fellow, or faculty member to a community audience. The talks will be geared toward a general audience, and will consist of a short (30-45 min) presentation on a specific subject, followed by plenty of time for questions from the audience. Talks will take place at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library at 7pm on the last Tuesday of every month. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter for the seminar calendar, or email us if you would like to get involved.

Brain Awareness Week

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. Georgetown is a registered partner of the BAW campaign. Brain Awareness Week was March 12-16 and the Georgetown IPN hosted 7th graders from Hardy Middle School for two days of lab tours and demonstrations to teach them about the brain and how awesome it is. We planned and designed a series of hands-on activities, each demonstrating a particular aspect of the brain. The demonstrations illustrated various concepts in anatomy, sensation, perception, and attention. For more information and photos from Georgetown's BAW 2012, check out Kim Leonard Photography

Please let us know if you would like information on how you can become involved!

International Brain Bee

The International Brain Bee is a not-for-profit neuroscience competition for high school students. Benjamin R. Walker, PhD, pre-clinical science facilitator for the Georgetown Experimental Medical Science program at Georgetown University School of Medicine judged this year's DC Regional Brain Bee and has been participating in Brain Awareness Week activities for nearly 16 years. The Georgetown University IPN has been involved in this effort through helping judge the Bee.


Georgetown University Math & Science Hands-On Enrichment is a math and science outreach program aimed at tutoring elementary, middle, and high school students around the DC area.