Jean Hardwick

Jean Hardwick

Professor, Department of Biology
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences
Faculty, Biochemistry
Faculty, Honors Program
Faculty, Premed Option

FUN Summer Workshop 2014


Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Summer Workshop

Ithaca College, Ithaca NY

August 1-3, 2014

Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience has sponsored six previous workshops focused on helping faculty develop and sustain neuroscience programs at undergraduate colleges and universities.  We are happy to announce that a seventh workshop is planned for August 1 – 3, 2014 that will be held at Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York.

To REGISTER for the meeting or preworkshop, click here


Aims and Objectives

  • To examine the undergraduate neuroscience curriculum as it continues to evolve, and help guide efforts to create, assess and sustain neuroscience programs at schools as diverse as liberal arts colleges and research universities.
  • To aid in preparing neuroscience faculty for leadership roles in departmental, institutional, professional organizations or other settings.
  • To introduce faculty to innovative laboratory experiences that serve as the basis for the development of both investigative/discovery-based and integrative interdisciplinary laboratory experiences.
  • To prepare faculty to develop competitive grant applications to support their educational and research programs.
  • To discuss local and national efforts to build and strengthen neuroscience education at the undergraduate level.
  • To prepare workshop participants to initiate and sustain reforms on their home campus.
  • To build on or help create regional networks for ongoing collaboration following the Workshop.


Case studies, plenary sessions, small group sessions, a poster session and individual consultations will address all dimensions of undergraduate neuroscience education, including what needs to be taught, dissolving institutional and departmental barriers, building an institutional team committed to reform, developing more appropriate spaces for teaching and learning, funding innovative efforts, study abroad and community outreach. Sessions will be of interest to neuroscience faculty as well as department chairs, deans, development officers, and others with responsibility for strengthening undergraduate programs, particularly those that cross disciplinary boundaries in and with science and mathematics in general, and neuroscience specifically.

The final schedule is still being determined and will be announced in the near future.

Examples of workshop sessions planned include:

•Facilities planning for neuroscience education

•Developing effective interdisciplinary laboratory sessions

•Specific techniques in neuroscience laboratory instruction

•Neuroscience curricula and program management

•Improving the mentorship of undergraduate neuroscience students

•Improving study abroad for undergraduate neuroscience students

•Recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups in the neurosciences

•Grant-writing and support mechanisms for education and research in neuroscience

•IACUC issues

•Writing for the Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education

•Securing tenure at a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution


New for the 2014 Workshop: Present your poster!

Click here for abstract submission form

All participants are welcomed to participate in the “What Works” Poster Session. Participants wishing to present a poster detailing a particular curricular innovation, laboratory or classroom exercise in use at their home institution should include the poster: Title, Authors and affiliation, and a brief 150-200 work abstract with their application materials. Details for poster size and format will be sent to participants following receipt of registration materials.


Satellite Pre-workshop Laboratory Seminar:

            Returning for the 2014 FUN workshop, a special satellite pre-workshop laboratory seminar, co-hosted by Ithaca College and the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University, is planned and available for up to 40 workshop attendees who would like to take their FUN workshop experience to the next level. Intensive laboratory training sessions will be conducted starting Thursday morning, continuing through Friday morning (July-31 and August 1), ending prior to the start of the FUN workshop.

Please note that space is very limited (only 40 spots available, first come, first served) for this additional-cost event held prior to the workshop.  Please indicate in your application materials whether any members of your team would like to attend the pre-workshop Seminar.


Applying for the Workshop

Click here to register

Click here for participant team statement forms

Details on the application process will be available online in late Fall, 2013. Once available online, applcations will be accepted on a rolling basis until July 14, 2014 or all spaces have been taken.


Workshop Fees 

Payments will be due within 2 weeks of your email receipt of invoice. The total workshop fee* is $495 per person– which includes all meals (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch) lodging costs (2 nights, Friday and Saturday, single occupancy dorm room accommodations) and workshop materials. Participants or their institutions also pay the cost of travel. Off-campus lodging is available near Ithaca College for those wanting to arrange their own housing (Registration without housing is adjusted to $400). *= does not include the satellite preworkshop laboratory seminar-- see below.


Satellite Pre-workshop Laboratory Seminar

For those also attending the Satellite Pre-workshop laboratory Seminar co-hosted by Ithaca College and the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University held just prior to the Workshop, the combined fee for both events is $650, which includes all meals (Thursday lunch through Sunday lunch) lodging costs (3 nights, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, single occupancy dorm room accommodations) and both workshop and pre-workshop materials. Off-campus lodging is available near Ithaca College and Cornell University for those wanting to arrange their own housing during both the Satellite pre-workshop Seminar and workshop (Combined registration for both the workshop and pre-workshop without 3 nights' housing is adjusted to $480).


A limited number of partial scholarships are available to help defray the costs of attending the FUN workshop for underrepresented minority faculty members, faculty from institutions serving women and minority groups, and faculty from institutions currently unable to provide research and travel support. Please contact Eric Wiertelak (see below) for further information about these partial scholarships.


Workshop Schedule Overview

The workshop will begin at 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 1 and will conclude at 12:00 p.m., Sunday, August 3, 2014.


Questions?  Email

Please feel free to contact any of the members of the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Workshop Planning Committee!

Jean Hardwick, Host, at Ithaca College (phone: 607-274-3213;

Bruce Johnson, Co-Host, at Cornell University (phone: 607-254-4323 or 607-254-4351;

Julio Ramirez at Davidson College (phone: 704-894-2888;

Eric Wiertelak, Committee Chair, at Macalester College (phone: 651-696-6111;


About the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Workshops

At the Davidson College workshop 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. Using these blueprints as a foundation, participants at the Oberlin College workshop in 1998 and at the Trinity College workshop in 2001 explored cutting-edge laboratory exercises designed to serve as the basis for the development of investigative, discovery-based laboratory experiences as well as simulations of synaptic transmission and the steps involved in launching regional meetings emphasizing undergraduate neuroscience research. In the 2005 PKAL/FUN workshop at Macalester College, 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. In the 2008 FUN workshop, participants explored new laboratory experiences emphasizing discovery-based learning and the increasing interdisciplinarity of neuroscience education. In the 2011 FUN workshop, we moved to the west coast for the first time, convening at Pomona College. At Pomona, we continued to examine new classroom and laboratory exercises, and for the first time held a satellite pre-workshop laboratory seminar that explored new methodological directions in research-based teaching. We devoted time to the needs of growing programs, confronting the issues that arise as classroom and laboratory technologies undergo rapid changes. We actively explored approaches to mounting major and non-major courses in the undergraduate neuroscience curriculum and ways to promote productive research environments for ourselves and our students. 

At Ithaca College in 2014, our goals are no less daunting. The world of neuroscience education continues to broaden, and with it, enrollment pressures are increasing across institutions, while budgets are constrained. Alongside discussion and presentation of innovative classroom and laboratory exercises, in a wide range of sessions, participants will explore issues focusing on both the profession and the curriculum, including assessment of program effectiveness, incorporation of study abroad into student plans, and development of faculty leadership skills to ensure the sustainability and resilience of our undergraduate education programs in neuroscience for the future. We will also once again offer the satellite pre-workshop laboratory seminar to explore new methodological directions in research-based teaching, which will be co-hosted by Ithaca College and the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University, and feature activities at both sites.

Key Issues                       

  • What has neuroscience become in the 23 years that FUN has championed the cause of undergraduate education in neuroscience? What are we trying to accomplish today by introducing neuroscience to undergraduates as part of a liberal arts experience? How can we best assess the relative success of our efforts?
  • Given the range of undergraduate colleges and universities, what types of laboratory experiences “work” in an undergraduate neuroscience setting? How are these changing with the introduction of new technologies? How are enrollment pressures impacting on these experiences?
  • How can study abroad and other experiences be integrated more effectively in an undergraduate neuroscience program?
  • What are leading models of neuroscience programs? What are the philosophical and logistical obstacles in setting up a neuroscience program in a liberal arts college? In a state university?
  • What makes for a successful grant proposal? How does one get support for research, programs, or equipment? What kinds of opportunities are available for faculty development?  
  • How does one formulate a plan for leadership that stems from individual strengths, and is mindful of career stage, institutional culture, and other commitments? What are the costs and benefits of leadership roles?


Participants will have pre-workshop assignments and are expected to come prepared to develop a plan for follow-up activities for their campus and /or communities during the 2014 – 2015 academic year. As they are selected, participants and teams will be asked to provide further information about their current situation, goals, and plans for the future. Applicants will be notified regarding acceptance for participation shortly after the receipt of all application materials. Payments (in full) are due within 2 weeks of your email receipt of registration acceptance and invoice. Please see your invoice for details.


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