FUN Member Information

This set of pages provides information relevant for FUN members, including information about the Travel Awards, Equipment Loan Program, FUN activites at SFN, Faculty Awards, and Meetings and Workshops

FUN Events at the Upcoming Society for Neuroscience Meeting



The 46th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience will be held November 12-16, 2015 in San Diego, CA.

FUN Meetings we hope you will attend:

FUN Business Meeting will take place on Sunday, November 13, 7-8 am, Hilton San Diego Bayfront Aqua Salon BC, a continental breakfast will be provided and the meeting will consist of reports from the committees, recognition of officers and plans for the upcoming year.

FUN Social and Poster Session will take on Sunday, November 13, from 6:45-8:45 pm at the San Diego Marriott Marquis Grand Ballrooms 5-7 (North Tower).  We will have nearly 150 undergraduate posters, recognize travel award winners, announce faculty awards, recognize new and outgoing officers and celebrate FUN’s 25th anniversary!

FUN Executie Committee (only) Meeting - Saturday, Novemeber 12, 11:30-1.
Searsucker Restaurant, 611 Fifth Avenue, Gas Lamp District, San Diego

Want to stop by some posters?  On Saturday from 1-5 pm and again Sunday from 8-12 am, the following Theme J posters will be available (along with lots of others related to education and outreach):

FUN: 23.17SA / NNN1
Nu Rho Psi: 23.11SA / MMM57
Journal for Undergraduate Education (JUNE): 23.02SA / MMM49
Northeast Under/graduate Research Organization for Neuroscience (NEURON): 23.01SA / MMM48

The Professional Development events in the Teaching Neuroscience section are mainly organized or presented by FUN members and might have lots of relevance to what you do each day, I’ve listed those here.  Check out the other Professional Development opportunities as well; there is one focused on Optimizing the Mentor-Trainee Relationship and another titled Success in Academe, Focus on Strategies for Women.

cNDP Workshop: Training the Trainers: Diverse Career Trajectories in Neuroscience: Helping Trainees Chart a Course for Success

Organizer/Moderator: Elizabeth Van Bockstaele

Panelists: M. Friedlander, W.J. Koroshetz, E. Thiels

Saturday, Nov 12, 2016, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., San Diego Convention Center (SDCC) 30C

Abstract: The Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a workshop in October 2014 to discuss how best to develop the next generation of scientists to advance neuroscience. Results of this Forum were summarized in an article published June 1st in Neuron. In this workshop, authors of the Neuron paper will highlight (1) how to best train and retain a talented work force to ensure a bright future for the field of neuroscience and (2) strategies for preparing the next generation of neuroscience trainees with the skills and expertise necessary for diverse career opportunities..

Creating, Sustaining, and Enhancing Undergraduate Neuroscience Programs

Organizer/Moderator: Janet M. Finlay

Panelists: C.D. Aizenman, B.S. Beltz, E.M. Carpenter, B. Lom, A.F. Sved

Saturday, Nov 12, 2016, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., SDCC 30C

Abstract: It is an exciting time for undergraduate neuroscience education. To meet demand in this area, colleges and universities are increasingly exploring opportunities to create and enhance undergraduate neuroscience programs. Panelists representing a variety of academic institutions and neuroscience programs will briefly describe how undergraduate neuroscience education has been advanced at their institutions. This workshop is intended to be interactive, with an emphasis on creating a forum for audience and panelists to engage in discussion of mechanisms for creating and enhancing undergraduate neuroscience education.

Teaching Neuroscience with Big Data

Organizer/Moderator: William Grisham & Richard Olivio

Monday, Nov 14, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., SDCC 31C

Panelists: J.C. Brumberg, T. Gilbert, W. Gray Roncal, L. Lanyon, R.A. Poldrack, R.W. Williams

Abstract: Neuroscience has entered the realm of big data with "neuroinformatics," the study of the brain and nervous system using massive datasets. Although many of these data collections began as closed repositories of research data, a number of them are now open for use in teaching. The workshop will introduce four examples of neuroscience "big data" collections, and demonstrate how these open datasets have been used to teach students. The collections are the Allen Brain Atlas, the Mouse Brain Library and Gene Network, the Open Connectome Project, and OpenfMRI. The workshop will conclude by discussing general resources and curricula for teaching neuroinformatics, a new and developing area of expertise for most faculty.

It's a Win-Win: Effectively Engaging Undergraduates in Research

Organizer/Moderator: Donita L Robinson

Monday, Nov 14, 2016 12pm - 2pm, SDCC 30C

Panelists: D.A. Kozlowski, C. Da Cunha, S.D. Dickinson, R.A. Gonzales, H.G. McFarlane, M.I. Palmatier

Abstract:  Undergraduate students can be vital to your research team. Are you integrating them effectively? Undergraduates on your team are a win-win: students get lab experience, their graduate and postdoctoral mentors learn supervisory skills, and you advance your research agenda. We'll cover topics such as recruiting the right student, engaging undergrads as researchers, setting realistic expectations, maximizing a summer student and available resources to enhance the undergraduate research experience.



2017 Travel Award Application

Applications for Undergraduate Student Travel Awards to the 2017 Society for Neuroscience Meeting in Washington, D.C. are being accepted now through May 26th, 2017 at 5 p.m., Eastern Time.

Information about the award: The award offers aid for expenses associated with attending the Society for Neuroscience 2017 meeting for an undergraduate student who is presenting a poster at the main SFN meeting. All student award travel award applications must have a faculty sponsor who is a dues-paying member of FUN. 

The student should be an author on the abstract and present research results from studies conducted while an undergraduate.  It is not necessary that the student be enrolled as an undergraduate at the time of the SFN fall meeting.  Students are eligible if the work was done as a graduating senior the previous year. However, students who have previously won a FUN travel award may not reapply.

A panel of FUN members judges the award applications.  The judging criteria focus on the student’s contribution to the project, the importance and originality of the project, and the candidate’s potential in science.  Preference is given to students who are first author on the abstract.

How to apply:
This year, applications must be submitted online by the faculty sponsor as a single PDF document.  Please go to the following website to apply and upload the following documents:

1.         The abstract submitted to the Society for Neuroscience (due to SfN by May 4th).  The student should be an author on the abstract and present research results from studies conducted while an undergraduate. 

2.        A statement by the student candidate indicating the scientific importance of the project, the candidate’s contribution to the project (including an estimation of the amount of time spent on it), and the relevance of this research experience to the candidate’s career plans. (Two page maximum)

3.        The student candidate’s CV/resume. The CV/resume should include any other research-related activities.

4.        A short statement by the student’s faculty sponsor.  This statement should clearly identify the specific contributions the student candidate has made, especially in the case of multiple student authors.

If  you have any questions or concerns about the application process, please contact Hewlet McFarlane (

FUN Equipment Loan Program

The Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for the 2020 Equipment Loan Program. Annually, the FUN Equipment Loan Program works through collaborations with equipment vendors to develop opportunities for neuroscience faculty to offer their products, services, and trainings on their equipment for up to a two-year loan with the intent to purchase the equipment at the end of the grant program. The vendors are always willing to work with the scientists so please apply even if you want a different version of the equipment listed here.

Through generous donations from ADInstruments (ADI)Data Sciences International (DSI), Noldus Information Technology (NIT), Nikon, San Diego Instruments (SDI) and Stoelting we are now accepting applications for proposals requesting a loan for equipment supporting neuroscience faculty research and/or teaching for FUN members. A complete list of equipment that is available for loan during this grant program cycle is in the attachment. Please note that only single versions of the equipment listed below are available for loan at this time – it is not possible to request multiple pieces of a single item (unless otherwise noted or the awardee is seeking to purchase these additional pieces of equipment beyond the terms of the FUN Equipment Loan Program).

All current dues-paying members of FUN are eligible to apply for this program. If you are not a member and would like to become one, please go to and go to the member’s link to register.

Grant program applications will be submitted electronically as a single pdf file to the Co-Chairs of the ELP program: and The deadline for the FUN 2020 Equipment Loan Program application submission is: February 29th, 2020 11:59 pm (PST). Awards will be announced in March 2020. Application instructions are in the attachment.

In the last year we had very few applications and if we dont show demand for equipment we might lose our vendors who have supported us for more than a decade. Previous FUN ELP awardees have published with the equipment and also used data for successful grant submissions.

Please spread the word about this program to your department and scientific society mailing lists as the more interest we get the better we are positioned to attract new vendors.

If you dont see something that you want in the attached list of equipment, let me or Lorenz know and we will work with the vendors to make it happen. The application call and materials can also be found on:

Please email us (Divya Sitaraman: or Lorenz Neuwirth: if you have any questions and we look forward to your proposals for 2020 equipment loan.

FUN_Equipment_Loan_Information_2020.pdf186.4 KB
FUN_Equipment_Loan_Application_2020.doc29 KB

2010 FUN Equipment Loan Winners

FUN is pleased to announce that the following proposals were funded with the generous support of our corporate donors for the 2010 FUN Equipment Loan Program:

Robert Flint, College of Saint Rose “Pedagogical Development and Research Advances using the SR-LAB System at The College of Saint Rose” SR-LAB System, San Diego Instruments

Leah Chase, Hope College “Is Homocysteic Acid Neurotoxicity a Model for Schizophrenia?” Kinder Scientific Startle System

Adrienne Betz, Quinnipiac University “Role of caffeine and taurine in anxiety-like behaviors” Photobeam open field activity, San Diego Instruments

Many thanks to our sponsors and selection committee, and best of luck to the awardees!

--Jean Hardwick

2011 FUN Equipment Loan Winners

FUN is pleased to announce that the following proposals were funded with the generous support of our corporate donors for the 2011 FUN Equipment Loan Program:

"Exploring Cardiovascular Functioning in Students Engaged in Behavior Changes"
Glena L. Andrews, Northwest Nazarene University
Award of a Powerlab System from ADInstruments.

"Characterizing cognitive deficits in an animal model of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)"
Megan St. Peters, Ferrum College
Award of a SR-Lab System from San Diego Instruments.

"The development of a quantitative measure of social motivation for mouse phenotyping"
Loren Martin, Azusa Pacific University
Award of an Anymaze system from San Diego Instruments.

"Effect of environmental enrichment on symptoms of depression and anxiety following brain injury"
Jeff Smith, Saginaw Valley State University
Award of a Rodent Forced Swim Task System from Kinder Scientific.

Many thanks to our sponsors and selection committee, and best of luck to the awardees!

2012 FUN Equipment Loan Winners

FUN is pleased to announce that the following proposals were funded with the generous support of our corporate donors for the 2012 FUN Equipment Loan Program:

 “Wound healing and regeneration in Lumbriculus variegates”

Veronica G. Acosta, University of the Incarnate Word

Award of a PowerLab 26T system from ADInstruments and a Nikon Eclipse E400 Microscope


“Effects of Endocrine Disruptors on Cognition and Social Responding”

Adrienne J. Betz, Quinnipiac University

Award of a PAS Open Field with Rearing Frames (2 Stations) from San Diego Instruments and EthoVision XT software from Noldus.


“Investigating the time-course of crossmodal sensory plasticity caused by retinal degeneration”

Michael Jarvinen, Emmanuel College

Award of a Two SR-Lab Systems from San Diego Instruments.


Many thanks to our sponsors and selection committee, and best of luck to the awardees!

2013 FUN Equipment Loan Winners

FUN is pleased to announce that the following proposals were funded with the generous support of our corporate donors for the 2013 FUN Equipment Loan Program:

"Investigation of the anti-schizophrenic properties of early life choline levels in rat models"

Melissa J. Glenn, Colby College

SR-Lab System with Large Enclosures (2 stations) from San Diego Instruments


"Identifying Outcomes and Regenerative Responses to Repetitive Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)"

Dorothy Kozlowski, DePaul University

PAS Open Field with Rearing Frames for Rat (2 Stations) from San Diego Instruments


"Identifying the cognitive enhancing effects of Aniracetam"

Joaquin Lugo, Baylor University

A Gemini Avoidance System and a SR-LAB System with Small/Medium enclosure for mice from San Diego Instruments

2014 FUN Equipment Loan Winners

FUN is pleased to announce that the following proposals were funded with the generous support of our corporate donors for the 2014 FUN Equipment Loan Program:

Raddy L. Ramos, New York Institute of Technology.
"Behavioral consequences of cerebellar molecular layer heterotopia in rodent models"
Roto-Rod Motor Skill Measurement System from San Diego Instruments

Lisa A. Gabel, Lafayette College
"Auditory Discrimination in a mouse model of dyslexia"
SR-Lab startle response system from San Diego Instruments

Suren Ambegaokar, Christian Fink, and Jennifer Yates, Ohio Wesleyan University
"Developing a novel fused-format introductory neuroscience course"
A PowerLab 26T system from ADInstruments

Rupa Gupta Gordon, Augustana College
"Physiological synchrony in conversation"
A PowerLab 26T system from ADInstruments

2015 FUN Equipment Loan Winners

FUN is pleased to announce that the following proposals were funded with the generous support of our corporate donors for the 2015 FUN Equipment Loan Program:

Karen Parfitt, Pomona College

"Treatment of learning and memory deficits with a fragment of secreted APPα in a mouse model of Alzheimer's"

Award: A 2-year loan of an Any-maze Tracking System from San Diego Instruments

Erin Clabough, Hampden-Sydney College

"Detection of Motor Abnormalities in a Chronic, Mild Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Model in Swiss Webster Mice"

Award: A 2-year loan of a Roto-Rod Motor Skill Measurement System from San Diego Instruments

Elizabeth Becker, Saint Joseph’s University

"Influence of Early Life Exposure to Prozac on Neurodevelopment and the Reparative Role of Oxytocin Treatment in the California Mouse"

Award: A 2-year loan of a Place Preference System from San Diego Instruments

Lauren A. Makuch, Ursinus College

Establishing a Behavioral Neuroscience Research Methods Course in Undergraduate Curriculum

Award: A 2-year loan of a SR-LAB Startle Response System from San Diego Instruments

Annaliese Beery, Smith College

"Stress and Sociality: Effects of environment on heart rate and heart rate variability in social voles"

Award: A 2-year loan of a DSI Implantable Telemetry System from Data Sciences International


Abigail Kerr, Illinois Wesleyan University

"Mechanisms of compensatory limb use following stroke: The role of the neurovascular niche in functional outcome"

Award: A 2-year loan of a Nikon Eclipse E400 Microscope System from Nikon Instruments


Divya Sitarama, University of San Diego

"Dopaminergic circuits underlying sleep and behavioral arousal in Drosophila"

Award: A 1-year loan of an EthoVision XT Software with additional modules and CCD camera from Noldus Instruments

2016 FUN Equipment Loan Winners

FUN is pleased to announce that the following proposals were funded with the generous support of our corporate donors for the 2016 FUN Equipment Loan Program:

Elizabeth Krusemark, Millsaps College "Examining Cognitive and Affective Mechanisms of Information Processing in Psychopathology: A Proposal for Educational and Basic Research Growth at Millsaps College" Award: ADI ML856 PowerLab 26T system for research-quality data collection and educational demonstration from ADInstruments

Deanne Buffalari, Westminster College "Reinforcement enhancement properties of nicotine during reinstatement of cocaine conditioned place preference driven by stressful and cocaine-paired stimuli" Award: Conditioned Place Preference Equipment from San Diego Instruments

Greg Butcher, Thiel College "The Cognitive, Behavioral, and Neural Consequences of Adolescent Nicotine Exposure in Adult Long-Evans Rats" Award: An elevated plus maze from San Diego Instruments

Joshua Cordeira, Western Connecticut State University "Investigating Basal Forebrain Control of Prepulse Inhibition" Award: SR-Lab Startle Response System from San Diego Instruments

Jennifer Tudor, Saint Joseph’s University " Impact of sleep deprivation on mechanisms of translation regulation" Award: Any-maze Video Tracking System, zero maze, multi-unit open field maze from San Diego Instruments

Maureen Rutherford, Indiana University Northwest "Long-term neuroendocrine and behavioral effects of prepubertal Prozac® (fluoxetine) exposure in Zebrafish (Danio rerio)" Award: EthoVision XT software from Noldus Information Technology

Lorenz Neuwirth, SUNY Old Westbury "The effects of developmental Pb neurotoxicity on brain excitability" Award: Implantable telemetry system for data acquisition and analysis from Data Sciences International

FUN Faculty Awards


The Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience annually recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to undergraduate neuroscience.  These awards are based on peer nominations and are announced at the FUN Social and Poster Session at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting. The specific awards and previous winners are listed below. To nominate a member for 2017, please email a short letter of nomination explaining your reasons for nominating to The deadline for nominations for 2017 is September 1.


FUN Career and Lifetime Achievement Awards

The Career and Lifetime Achievement awards are FUN's highest honor and are based on a nominating letter from a member. The Career and Lifetime Achievement Awards will be given from time to time, to recognize individuals who have made outstanding efforts on behalf of undergraduate neuroscience education and research. Outstanding efforts may include singular achievements that have provided wide benefit to the undergraduate neuroscience community, or sustained efforts across years.

Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

Career Achievement Award Winners

 Carol Ann Paul FUN Educator of the Year Award

The Educator Award is given annually to a regular member or fellow of FUN in recognition of notable efforts related to promoting effective teaching of neuroscience at the undergraduate level, and is based on a nominating letter from a member. 

FUN Service Award

The Service Award will be given from time to time, to recognize individuals who have made outstanding efforts towards the continuing development of FUN as an organization.

FUN Mentor Award

The Mentor Award will be given from time to time, to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions as mentors for young neuroscientists.


Meetings and Workshops

List of relevant meetings and workshops:


FUN Undergraduate Neuroscience Education Workshops



Most recent meeting: 2014 FUN Workshop at Ithaca College

The Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience holds workshops every 3-4 years centered around designing, implementing and assessing neuroscience programs in undergraduate settings. 


  • At the 1st FUN workshop, held at Davidson College in 1995, participants developed four blueprints to guide faculty in their efforts to enrich the undergraduate science curriculum of their institutions by developing courses and programs in an interdisciplinary and marvelously fertile young science: Neuroscience.
  • At the 2nd FUN workshop, held at Oberlin College in 1998, participants used these blueprints as a foundation to explore cutting-edge laboratory exercises designed to serve as the basis for the development of investigative, discovery-based laboratory experiences and the steps involved in launching regional meetings emphasizing undergraduate neuroscience research.
  • At the 3rd FUN workshop, held at Trinity College in 2001, participants again explored laboratory exercises as well as simulations of synaptic transmission, and further examined issues in developing regional meetings emphasizing undergraduate neuroscience research.
  • At the 4th FUN workshop, held at Macalester College in 2005, in addition to exploring new laboratory experiences and development of leadership skills, the participants revisited the four original curricular blueprints that served as curricular models in neuroscience since 1995, and, to address the directions that neuroscience is headed in the coming decades, added a fifth curricular blueprint, neuroscience studies
  • The 5th FUN workshop was held at Pomona College in 2008.
  • The 6th FUN workshop is being held in Ithaca College in 2014


2008 FUN Workshop

2008 FUN Undergraduate Neuroscience Education Workshop

The Undergraduate Neuroscience EducationInteractions, Interdisciplines, and Curricular Best Practices 
Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota
July 18 - 20, 2008

A Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Workshop
In conjunction with Project Kaleidoscope

In July 2008, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) held its fifth workshop on designing, implementing and assessing neuroscience programs in undergraduate settings.  See the workshop website for more information about the meeting, the featured presenters, and to read the 2008 FUN Workshop Notebook.

2014 FUN Workshop


A Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Workshop


Undergraduate Neuroscience Education:

Challenges and Solutions in Creating and Sustaining Programs

Ithaca College

Ithaca, New York

August 1-3, 2014



Materials from the workshop:


Logistics - Main Workshop Schedule.pdf
Logistics - Pre-Workshop Laboratory Schedule.pdf
Logistics - Campus Map.pdf
Logistics - Welcome information.pdf
Program - What Works Abstract listing.pdf
Program - Compiled Team Statements.pdf
Program - Presenter Detailed Information.pdf
Presentations - Directory of All Presentations
Presentations - Bill Grisham's Slides from ERIN presentation
Lab - Titlow Fly Lab
Lab - Woods Motion Lab
Lab - Snail CPG Handout
Lab - Wild Eye ERG Protocol
Lab - Photo activation of escape response: Instructor  and Student and Video 1
Lab - Student protocol and Instructor protocol
All other materials


Main Workshop Schedule.pdf70.38 KB
Pre-Workshop Laboratory Schedule.pdf43.88 KB
What Works Abstract listing.pdf152.89 KB
Compiled Team Statements.pdf99.92 KB
Presenter Detailed Information.pdf651.66 KB
Wild Eye ERG Protocol.pdf1.33 MB
Photo-activation of an escape response_Instructor version.pdf8.21 KB
Photo-activation of an escape response_Student version.pdf1.42 MB
Campus Map.pdf228.96 KB
Welcome information.pdf17.7 KB
Snail CPG lab protocal_student handout.pdf650.99 KB
Workshop Participants.pdf77.19 KB

Regional Undergraduate Neuroscience Meetings

The Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience supports the development of regional conferences that promote undergraduate research.  These meetings provide opportunities for undergraduate neuroscientists to present their original research.  In addition these meetings help to build regional networks of faculty interested in undergraduate research and education.  Look for more regional meetings in the years to come.



NorthEast Under/graduate Research Organization for Neuroscience (NEURON)

The primary objectives of NEURON are to provide an open forum for neuroscience undergraduate and graduate students to present and discuss their work with students and faculty of similar interests, to provide faculty an opportunity to discuss curriculua and research issues in neuroscience, biopsychology and related areas, and to provide resources to enhance communication and collaboration among neuroscience researchers and educators.


Symposium for Young Neuroscientists and Professors of the SouthEast (SYNAPSE)

SYNAPSE is a one-day regional undergraduate neuroscience conference that provides opportunities for students and faculty to present their research results and make connections with other neuroscientists in the southeast.  Attendees discuss important issues in neuroscience training via workshops and panel discussions and learn about cutting-edge research via a keynote speaker.


MIDBRAINS: The Undergraduate Neuroscience Conference of the Upper Midwest

The conference is a joint effort of the MidBrains Neuroscience Consortium-- a network of faculty from undergraduate neuroscience programs in the upper midwest. This annual event provides a forum for undergraduate students in the Midwest to present research findings, to attend research lectures and special panels, and to meet other undergraduate students interested in the neurosciences. Representatives from several major research universities are also present to discuss graduate school opportunities. Students are encouraged to submit abstracts in all fields of the neurosciences and related disciplines!


Midwest/Great Lakes Undergraduate Research Symposium in Neuroscience (mGluRs)

In the spirit of regional undergraduate neuroscience conferences such as SYNAPSE and Midbrains, the Neuroscience Program at Ohio Wesleyan University will host the first annual conference for States Touching Ohio (and Ohio, of course) in Delaware, OH.  The conference will also include oral and poster presentations by students, workshops, a graduate school panel, and not least, breakfast and lunch.