BRAINYAC Research Program at Columbia University

This past summer 11 Columbia University S-PREP students participated in the BRAINYAC program. The BRAINYAC program (Brain Research Apprenticeships In New York At Columbia) is a mentored science research program for high school students run by the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute with funding from the Pinkerton Foundation.

The program aims to introduce high school students to the academic scientific research environment, improve their science technical skills, and increase their understanding of science. Students are prepared for laboratory research during training sessions from January-April that focus on neuroscience content and basic laboratory skills. Students are paired with a scientist mentor and perform mentored scientific research for five weeks during the summer. Students come away from the program with an increased understanding of how science works, advanced technical skills, and an increased understanding of science as a career.

The following students participated in the program:

  • Kaniz Fatema
  • Caren Garcon
  • Alexander Gordon
  • Yewon Irene Kim
  • Barbara Ligas
  • Chelsea Ordonez
  • Chelsea Ortiz
  • Gabrielle Rosa Acosta
  • Gabriella Sierra
  • Cheyenne Simpson
  • Tatiana Williams

The Associated Medical Schools of New York congratulates all the students that presented their research and participated in the BRAINYAC research program.