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Apply for the 2024 Clinical Neuroscience Immersion Experience at Stanford;

What is the Mode of Learning?
In Person.
What is the Deadline for Application?
March 1, 2024.

What is the theme of the program?

“Innovation in Clinical Neuroscience.”

What is the Program Schedule?

Monday July 10, 2024 – Friday July 21, 2024
Only Mondays-Fridays (no weekends).

Program Hours:
9:00 am-4:00 pm Pacific Time, daily.

Program Fees:
The in-person program costs $2,590. But scholarships are available for applicants who qualify as low-income and/or are affiliated with one of our partner organizations.

Any need to submit recommendation letters, grades, or transcripts with my application?
No, it is not required for the application process.

What is the Most Important Document?
Your essay about why you plan to participate in CNI-X and what you hope to achieve.

The Clinical Neuroscience Immersion Experience (CNI-X)
The Clinical Neuroscience Immersion Experience (CNI-X)


This year’s summer program is called “Innovation in Clinical Neuroscience.”
It will feature a variety of faculty members who are working on innovative research and clinical care in the fields of neuroscience, psychiatry, psychology, and behavioral sciences.
The program is intended to give participants a taste of the diverse disciplines and research areas within clinical neuroscience, and is not meant to be a comprehensive or comprehensive survey of the field.

The duration of the Clinical Neuroscience Immersion Experience at Stanford spans from Monday, July 10 to Friday, July 21, 2024, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Pacific Time (no weekends). While the fee for the two-week, in-person program is $2,590. Scholarships are available for those who qualify as low-income and/or are affiliated with one of our partner organizations.
The application deadline is March 1, 2024, and all applicants will be notified of their status by April 1, 2024.
Recommendation letters, grades, and transcripts are not required or accepted as part of the application process. Instead, we are interested in a short essay about why you want to participate in the program and what you hope to gain from it.

Last year, about 30% of all applicants were accepted into the summer program. The program is seeking for highly motivated participants. People who can engage actively with their project teams, brainstorming about what they have learned, and reflecting on what they will take away from the program.
Only a limited number of spots are available for the Clinical Neuroscience Immersion Experience at Stanford.

Where will the Clinical Neuroscience Immersion Experience take place?

Lectures and activities will be held on the campus of Stanford University. The program will begin and end at a designated campus building, which will be provided during registration. Participants may need to walk or take the Marguerite, Stanford’s free shuttle, to various classrooms and meeting spaces around campus, so it is important to be prepared to move around during the day. The address of the designated campus building will be provided during registration, so that participants can easily coordinate pick-up/drop-off or parking.

Is Housing Provided?
At this time, there will be no provision for accommodations or transportation for program participants or their parents/legal guardians. Participants and their parents/legal guardians are responsible for finding a safe place to stay with a responsible adult chaperone during the program and for arranging their own transportation to and from our campus. Stanford University cannot be held responsible for any arrangements made for accommodations or transportation.

What do I need to bring?

Program participants should be prepared to take notes during lectures, either by hand or on a laptop. Laptops are only allowed for note-taking, and the use of cell phones is not allowed during lectures or program activities. If you would like to bring a laptop or iPad for use during small group projects, you may do so, but you will be responsible for any lost or stolen property. Small notebooks, pens, water bottles, and t-shirts are included in the program registration fees and will be provided. Participants may also want to bring small snacks and water to consume throughout the day. But lunch will be provided.

Curriculum for the Clinical Neuroscience Immersion Experience at Stanford

The main goal of the program is to teach participants how to think like a clinical neuroscientist, so the specific topics covered are less important than learning how to approach neuroscience and behavioral science questions, clinical problems in psychiatry and clinical psychology, mental health and wellbeing for everyone, and working on a research project as a team.
In past years, some examples of topics covered have included the following;
• S and the brain.
• Artificial intelligence and neuroscience.
• Neurosurgery and ethics.
• Circadian rhythms.
• Interventional psychiatry and brain circuits.
• Autism spectrum disorder.
• Neurodiversity.
• Neuroimaging in psychiatry.
• Psychotic disorders.
• Community psychiatry with youth.
• Neurodegenerative disorders and dementia.
• Neurolaw and forensic psychiatry
(these topics are subject to change in 2023).

What learning management system (LMS) will be used?

The LMS to be used is called “Canvas.” Participants must have a computer/laptop and Internet connectivity that will meet the specifications allowing them to access Canvas. Stanford is not responsible in the event that a participant’s hardware or equipment fails and the participant is unable to access Canvas.

How will the CAPSTONE project work?

During the program, participants will be divided into small groups of about 8-10, facilitated by staff mentors. These groups will choose a mental health problem of interest and work to create a prototype of a creative solution based on their prior knowledge and new information learned during the program. On the final day, each group will give a brief (about 10 minutes) presentation on their project.

Participants will learn and talk about a wide range of topics, some fascinating, some exciting, and some quite serious. Applicants should be aware that sensitive topics in Psychiatry may arise, including but not limited to suicide, psychosis, addiction, child abuse, sexual assault, violence, and mental disorders, and should not apply if this will be problematic for them. Additionally, polarizing social and political topics may arise, and it will be expected that participants will be capable of listening to and engaging in respectful discourse with individuals, with whom they may or may not agree. Program participants will do at least a small amount of public speaking when presenting the capstone research projects, they developed with other project team members. Participants will learn about and discuss a wide range of topics, including some that may be fascinating, exciting, or serious. It is important to note that sensitive topics in psychiatry, such as suicide, psychosis, addiction, child abuse, sexual assault, violence, and mental disorders, may be covered in the program. If you think that these topics will be problematic for you, please do not apply. Additionally, polarizing social and political topics may come up, and it will be expected that participants are capable of engaging in respectful discourse with others, even if they do not agree.

As part of the program, participants will also be required to do some public speaking when presenting their capstone research projects, which they will develop with other members of their project team.

Will there be homework or test?

Throughout the program, participants will be given suggested homework assignments, such as readings and online videos. Participants will also work in teams on a capstone project, which they will briefly present on the final day at graduation. This may involve additional homework related to the project. The program does not have tests or grades.

At the end of the Clinical Neuroscience Immersion Experience at Stanford, will I receive a certificate?
Yes. Each participant who (1) successfully attends the Program’s session, (2) participates in the exercise “What I Will Remember!,” (3) contributes to a capstone project and its presentation, and (4) completes the evaluation of the Program form will receive a CNI-X Certification of Completion from the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.  This will be emailed after the Program has ended.

To apply for the Program, click HERE.

(Please note that the application for the 2023 intake is closed)

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