The Center for Neuroscience & Society at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking applications from rising Penn sophomores, juniors and seniors for its first class of CNS Undergraduate Fellows for 2017-18. This program is intended for students from any School or department who have identified a serious interest in exploring the intersection of neuroscience and society during their time at Penn. CNS Undergraduate Fellows will participate in a series of seminars, projects, and activities oriented around key issues, such as the relationship of neuroscience to ethics, policy, health, law, philosophy, sociology, history, technology, and others.  Fellows will receive unique access to faculty and distinguished visitors, along with special opportunities oriented around the societal impacts of neuroscience.


  • Through roundtable discussions with distinguished faculty and visitors
  • Through writing and speaking coaching
  • Through specialized mentoring on college and post-college work related to neuroscience and society


  • Special access to visiting scholars and scientists
  • Interdisciplinary academic connections with like-minded scholars across Penn’s many schools & majors
  • Behind-the-scenes access to CNS special events


  • With help from faculty and staff, fellows produce a project of their choosing at the interface of neuroscience and society.
  • Topics will be explored via discussion, then each fellow will write an original White Paper to be published on the CNS website.
  • At the end of the academic year, each fellow will present their work to affiliated Center for Neuroscience & Society faculty and scholars at a final dinner and discussion celebration.

The CNS Undergraduate Fellowship is designed to enhance your undergraduate education with a time commitment akin to a club or society membership, not a course.  Expected involvement is 3-5 hours per week. This time would include meetings with faculty/visitors, project meetings, research, and other activities. The goal of the CNS Undergraduate Fellows Program is to complement students’ existing academic experiences at Penn by adding another element of interactive learning. Becoming an Undergraduate Fellow is a one-year commitment with potential to renew based on your performance in the program and continued interest.

To Apply to be a CNS Undergraduate Fellow, send an email to with the following items attached (PDFs preferred):

  • Resume with contact information, major(s), and expected date of graduation
  • Unofficial transcript
  • One faculty reference (no letter required)

Qualified applicants will be invited in for a brief chat with the CNS faculty before final admission decisions are made.  The application deadline is May 1st, but extended deadlines are possible – simply email a statement of interest, along with your preferred contact information, to begin the process for being considered.