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NEUROCITY students find fun outside the lab

Members of the NDC organized a number of group activities for NEUROCITY students during their time in Rochester. The group worked together to try to get out of an escape room, visited the Rochester Public Market and tried cuisine from some of Rochester's favorite food trucks, and they also went rock climbing.

Group of students stand together holding signs at The Great Escaoe Room





A group of students stand together outside the Rochester Public Market







Group of students standing together smiling in front of a rock wall.









New program puts students from CCNY in neuroscience labs this summer

Photo of a Neurocity student in Rochester labThe Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience Diversity Commission (NDC) is working to create a pipeline for underrepresented minorities interested in pursuing neuroscience research. Eight undergraduate students from City College of New York (CCNY) are living and working at the University of Rochester this summer as part of a new program called NEUROCITY. NEUROCITY is a partnership between the University and City College New York.

“This is program has begun an invaluable partnership between the University of Rochester and CCNY. Giving these students a place to come and get hands-on research experience. This opportunity could have a significant impact on their future education, career, and ultimately on the future of science,” said Manuel Gomez-Ramirez, Ph.D. NDC chair. “We need to have the best at the bench, and part of doing that is removing barriers.”

Photo of  Neurocity student examining anatomy sections on computerFor ten weeks, students are working in neuroscience labs across the University and Medical Center, each under a co-mentorship of University and CCNY faculty. They are also paired with a graduate student or post-doctoral trainee who will help them read journal articles, conduct lab work, and build a poster that they will present at the culmination of the program.

“Our goal is to give students interested in the field of neuroscience an experience and opportunity they may otherwise not have,” said Duje Tadin, Ph.D., professor and chair of Brain & Cognitive Sciences. One of the students, Yacinda Hernandez, is working in the Tadin Lab this summer, using virtual reality and EEG to understand sensory function in both neurotypical individuals and people with autism spectrum disorder. “The pool of students working with us this summer is exceptional and is yet another example of how the field of neuroscience benefits from being more inclusive.”

“This summer, NEUROCITY is giving eight very motivated and talented City College students the chance to study in a field normally out of their reach,” said Robert Melara, Ph.D., professor and chair of Psychology at CCNY. “They are loving the experience.  We hope that this internship opens a door to their future doctoral education and a career in neuroscience. Indeed, some of the students have already begun their Ph.D. applications.”​

The Institute is committed to providing all scholars interested in scientific research, particularly in the field of neuroscience, access to the best educational opportunities.

Pipeline program puts Rochester high school students in neuroscience lab

Students and mentor in a labA new program is providing more access to neuroscience research. In May, NEUROEAST, a Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience Diversity Commission program, welcomed two students from EAST High School in the city of Rochester School District into The Haptics Lab in the Brain and Cognitive Science Department at the University of Rochester. The NEUROEAST program is designed to give underrepresented minority students access to scientific research in an academic setting.

student using soldering iron“Being able to provide these students a real-world experience in a working research lab is setting the foundation for the future of science," Manuel Gomez-Ramirez, Ph.D., principal investigator of The Haptics Lab and Neuroscience Diversity Commission chair. "Progress in neuroscience depends on having the best researchers doing the work. And to find the best, we must provide access to all." 

During the six week pilot program, students learned how to conduct scientific research, and were guided on how to navigate the education and training necessary to attain a career in research. In the fall, the program will expand to six students who will rotate through multiple labs for the duration of the academic year.


Growing Up in Science - Discussion Panel

The Neuroscience Graduate Program Student Solidarity Organization (NGP SSO) hosted a Growing up in Science panel discussion featuring Kaela S. Singleton, Ph.D., postdoctoral at Emory University and adjunct professor Agnes Scott College, and Sally Bernardina Seraphin, Ph.D. assistant professor at Trinity College.

Shraddha Shah of the Neuroscience Diversity Commission helped organize the event. Shah is a co-founder of NGP SSO and a steering committee member. Other co-founders/steering committee members are Mark Stoessel, Kathryn Toffolo, Luke Shaw, and Karl Foley.

Neuroscience Diversity Round Robin - March 2021

A fast-paced information session of micro-presentations providing an overview about diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives – both proposed and underway - happening within Neuroscience-related departments across the University.

Participating departments: Biomedical Engineering, Biostatistics and Computational Biology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Neurology, Neuroscience, and Psychiatry

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Del Monte Joins Global Commitment for Inclusion in Science

Thumbnail image of the ALBA DeclarationThe Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience joins science organizations from across the globe committed to making science more inclusive by endorsing the ALBA Declaration on Equity and Inclusion. “This supports the work of the Neuroscience Diversity Commission,” said commission chair Manuel Gomez-Ramirez, Ph.D. “Our members have spent the last several months committed to creating an inclusive an equitable environment in the neuroscience community in Rochester. As we continue this work we hope actions like signing this declaration encourages other individuals and organizations in science to join this same commitment. The more we empower those studying neuroscience and those interested in the field, the more we will elevate this important work.”