This CNT summer program for high school students on the University of Washington’s Seattle campus gives students an introduction to neurotechnology development. YSP-REACH also facilitates conversations and experiences that help inform and guide students’ future academic and career choices.
The CNT’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program provides a comprehensive learning framework for a diverse student group, which includes UW Undergraduate Fellows. The program offers an immersive research experience, as well as classes and events that can help inform students’ future academic and career choices.
A nationwide recruitment brought 13 undergraduate students into this year’s Center for Neurotechnology (CNT) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) cohort. These students spend 10 weeks working on an independent research project in a CNT-affiliated lab on the UW campus.
The CNT Women’s Career Mentoring Lunch Series provides a friendly, open environment for female researchers to share their experiences with each other. The most recent lunch featured Rosana Risques, an assistant professor in the University of Washington (UW) Department of Pathology and principal investigator of the UW Risques Lab.
The CNT Practitioner and End-user Roundtable facilitates conversations between the CNT community and neurotechnology end users. This summer’s roundtable featured Jon Schlueter, a study participant in the lab of CNT Co-Director, Chet Moritz.
Jon Schlueter has always had a passion for experiencing life to the fullest, whether it was through traveling, climbing or playing guitar. This changed in 2006 when he dove into a swimming pool and his head unexpectedly hit the bottom. This accident resulted in an incomplete cervical spinal cord injury, which left Schlueter with minimal arm and hand function, and no movement in his trunk and legs.
This summer, high school students from the DO-IT Scholars Program visited the center to get an introduction to neuroscience and neural engineering. The visit helps to spark interest in neurotechnology, and it encourages students to see themselves as having the ability to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.