Cutting-Edge Neuroscience Taught By Medical Pioneers
Write A Proposal For Your Own Neurological Study
Your Proposal Will Be Reviewed By A Panel Of Neurological Experts
Collaborate With Medical Leaders
Learn From And Work With Medical And Neuroscience Experts
Neuroscience And The Military
Learn From Medical Specialists Providing Veterans With The Most Up-To-Date Neurological Technology To Improve Their Mobility
Work With College Admissions Experts
One-On-One Application Assistance And Meetings With Top University Admissions Officers
Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit
The Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit is a first-of-its-kind program that allows motivated high school students to have an apprenticeship with world-renowned neuroscientist Dr. James Giordano.
Dr. Giordano is the chief of Georgetown University's Neuroethics Studies Program, the Co-director of the O’Neill-Pellegrino Program in Brain Science and Global Health Law at the Georgetown University Medical Center, and Co-executive Director for the Center for Policy on Emerging Technology.
In this accelerated apprenticeship, students will spend seven days participating in cutting-edge neuroscience experiments that explore the biological foundations of the brain, progressing from the cellular foundations of the neuron to an understanding of the sensory systems, and culminating with higher-order cognitive functions such as memory, emotion, and morality.
For their final project, students will design and propose an experiment related to cognitive neuroscience and neuroethics in order to focus and apply their understanding. Participants will present these proposed
experiments publicly to leading Neuroscientists, with the top teams being asked to write a paper we will publish on their theories.
Apprentices will have the rare opportunity to participate in neurological tests, meet with individuals with neurological disorders, and military veterans with cybernetic enhancements. The goal is for participants to gain a significant understanding of neurophysiology and complex neuro-interfaces.
Rising Freshmen To Graduating Seniors
July 25th - July 31th, 2021
Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
$4000 *26 Financial Assistance Scholarships Are Still Available
WE ARE THE ONLY SUMMER PROGRAM IN THE WORLD
Students will participate in hands-on activities at the Georgetown Brain Bank, Georgetown University’s Laboratory for Relational Cognition, The Petitto Brain and Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging, and theCenter for Functional and Molecular Imaging.
Students will learn to use the current tools and techniques that neuroscience experts have adopted in their field research and patient treatments.
Students will have the opportunity to interact with military veterans with cybernetic enhancements and prosthetics designed to replace missing limbs and repair neurological impairments.
Students will learn from patients how neurological implants and cybernetic prosthetics are used in their everyday lives. The goal is to foster a greater understanding of where the neuroscience of prosthetics is and where its future will lead.
Students will work directly with doctors and medical experts from Georgetown University, Gallaudet University and Walter Reed Hospital in the fields of neuroethics, neuroimaging, brain stimulation, and neurotechnology.
Students will walk away from the program with direct experience and knowledge in the medical field with specific training on the brain structure and functions of the nervous system.
Leadership Initiatives has partnered with top universities around the country to form our Medical School Admissions Panel to provide students with a firsthand account of what universities look for in applicants.
Students attend exclusive Q&A sessions with Medical School Admissions Officers from Harvard, Dartmouth, Georgetown, George Washington, and Johns Hopkins University.
Conduct experiments and travel on tours to see how the next-generation of neuroscience is being discovered.
Apprentices Will Have The Rare Opportunity To Participate In The Following Neurological Tests:
Apprentices Will Participate In The Following Specialized Tours:
Georgetown University's brain bank to hold and study real human minds
The Pettito Brain and Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging experiments
Georgetown University Medical School for multiple experiments and an overview of the institution
-A Functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS)
-Neuropriming experiments using Halo devices
-Deep brain stimulations
-Neural microstimulations by creating
-Transcranial Alternating Current System form of
remote control cockroaches
Speak with leading neurologists about scientific advancements from around the globe
Gain Career Advice From Medical Pioneers
Neuroscience Research Workshops & Panels
Leadership Initiatives will host neuroscientists, surgeons, and members of research institutions in the DC/Baltimore metropolitan area to share insights into ongoing research that includes behavioral, evolutionary, cellular, and developmental neuroscience.
2021 panels will include members of major organizations like the Center for Neuroscience Research at Children's National Medical Center, The George Washington University Institute for Neuroscience, the Center for Neuroscience, and the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience.
Speak directly to patients with neurological impairments and cybernetic prosthetics
Work With Patients
Patients With Neurological Impairments
Patients With Prosthetics And Cybernetic Enhancements
Military veterans who have been injured in combat have faced extraordinary obstacles when re-entering society. Advanced prosthetics and the ever-expanding capabilities of bio-engineering are creating new iterations of brain-machine interfaces, as well as neurally-modeled machines that hope to alleviate these issues.
Students will see how modern prosthetics are combining biomedical engineering with neuroscience to assist amputees. Students will learn how people can regain sensation and mobility with new technologies.
Students will have the opportunity to meet with patients with hearing, motor, and neurological impairments. The students will gain a greater understanding of how neurochemistry affects the patient's everyday life.
Students will see the practical applications doctors use to alleviate or overcome issues the patients are facing.
Advanced Medical Neuroscience Internship
Advanced Medical Neuroscience Internship
July 25th - July 31st
Georgetown University, Washington DC
International Leadership & Business Internship Summit
Work Directly With Leaders From The Following Institutions
Collaborate With Top Medical Minds
Dr. James Giordano
Chief of Georgetown University's Neuroethics Studies Program and Co-executive Director for the Center for Policy on Emerging Technology
James Giordano, PhD, MPhil, is Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Biochemistry, Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, and Co-director of the O'Neill-Pellegrino Program in Brain Science and Global Health Law and Policy at Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor of Brain Science, Health Promotions and Ethics at the Coburg University of Applied Sciences, Coburg, Germany, and was formerly 2011-2012 JW Fulbright Foundation Visiting Professor of Neurosciences and Neuroethics at the Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany.
Dr. Giordano currently serves an appointed member of United States Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Council on Human Research Protections (SACHRP), is a Researcher and Task Leader of the European Union Human Brain Project; and has served as an appointed member of the Neuroethics, Legal and Social Issues (NELSI) Advisory Panel of the Defense Advanced Research Projects’ Agency (DARPA), and Senior Science Advisory Fellow of the Strategic Multilayer Assessment Branch of the Joint Staff of the Pentagon.
The author of over 260 publications in neuroscience and neuroethics, 7 books, and 13 government whitepapers on neurotechnology, ethics and biosecurity, he is an Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Philosophy, Ethics and Humanities in Medicine; and Associate Editor of the Cambridge Quarterly of Health Care Ethics. His ongoing research addresses the neurobiological bases of neuropsychiatric spectrum disorders; and neuroethical issues arising in and from the development, use and misuse of neuroscientific techniques and neurotechnologies in medicine, public life, global health, and military applications. In recognition of his work, he was elected to membership in the European Academy of Science and Arts.
Dr. Rachel Wurzman
Director of Science at SeekHealing
Rachel Wurzman PhD is a Fellow with the Center for Neuroscience and Society and Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Neurology with the Laboratory for Cognition and Neural Stimulation at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
Dr. Wurzman previously served as an Intern in the Science Division of the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President of the United States, and an independent contractor for the World Technology Evaluation Center in support of the National Nanotechnology Coordinating Center. She was a contributing author in two white papers for the Joint Staff on applications of cognitive neuroscience for national defense and intelligence.
Her current research investigates mechanisms of neuro-plasticity in brain networks, and addresses neuroethical issues arising from the use of neuroscience in national security, intelligence, and defense.
Dr. Nikola Kohls
Professor and Doctor of Neuroscience at Coberg University
Dr. Nikola Kohls is a professor and doctor of neuroscience at the University of Applied Sciences in Coburg, Germany.
His work focuses on the intersection of spirituality and mindfulness with neurological processes and psychophysiological pathways. This research aims to ground abstract practices in concrete neurological bases, like prescribing quantitative means of measuring sense of self, and sense of reality like in time and place, to analyze these nuanced perceptions of reality with a neurological lens.
From this research, Kohls uses this understanding of mindful and spiritual practices as tools to explore applications for medical therapy, improved learning, and characteristic change or development, all with the goal of improving the brain’s function.
Some of this applies to learning environments in Frankfurt, to helping with Fibromyalgia experiences, and even to help provide backing to the “inexplicable human experiences” like parapsychology.
Dr. Brent Harris
Director of Neuropathology and the Georgetown Brain Bank
Dr. Harris is a tenured faculty member of Georgetown University with dual appointments in Neurology and Pathology.
As a neuropathologist and physician-scientist Dr. Harris has clinical, research, and teaching interests in neurological and oncological diseases. He has active collaborations and research programs in his own lab in the areas of neurodegeneration and CNS neoplasia. His primary interest is in understanding how mechanisms of neuroinflammation and glial-neuronal communication influence the pathophysiology of neurological diseases.
In addition to investigating disease processes he also seeks to uncover targets for pharmacological intervention.
Dr. Harris is also the Director of The Georgetown Brain Bank, which provides an integrated educational, clinical, and experimental resource to the Georgetown University Medical Center and MedStar Health neuroscience community and our patients and their families. The Brain Bank provides detailed neuropathological evaluation as well as stewardship of tissue/biofluid procurement, storage, and distribution.
Chairman Lean Global Network; Senior Advisor, Lean Enterprise Institute
He is also an instructor of science education for the ‘Science and the Public’ EdM online program at the University at Buffalo. In recent years he has been Adjunct Instructor in Philosophy and Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia; and Associate Fellow at the Center for Neurotechnology Studies in the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in Arlington, Virginia. Since 2015 he has contributed research for the US Department of Defense (DoD) Strategic Multilayer Assessment (SMA) program. At Georgetown University, he works with James Giordano of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, and has mentored students in its Medical Ethics course. Dr. Shook’s research areas include history and philosophy of science, philosophy and ethics of technology, neurophilosophy, ethics and moral psychology, bioethics and neuroethics, medical humanities, and science-religion dialogue.
Dr. John VanMeter
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology Director, Center for Functional and Molecular Imaging
Dr. VanMeter has significant expertise in the analysis of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data. His graduate work involved the development of computer algorithms used for the analysis of white matter and gray matter segmentation in structural MRI scans.
Before joining the faculty at Georgetown, he was a staff fellow in the Laboratory of Neuroscience in the National Institute of Aging, where he co-authored the first paper to use fMRI to investigate dyslexia (Eden, et al. Nature, 1996). In addition, Dr. VanMeter led the development of a number of major software programs as the Director of Research and Development at Sensor Systems, Inc.
He designed and developed the database and data transfer systems used for the MRI data collected in the NIH Pediatric Brain Development project, a longitudinal study utilizing MRI that studied brain development in 500 children at 7 sites across the country. He was later PI of an NIH-funded STAART (Studies to Advance Autism Research and Treatment) center grant project, in which I have used a number of MRI-based techniques including fMRI, DTI, and MR spectroscopy to investigate the neurobiological basis of autism.
Currently, his NIH funded R01 grant is applying these same techniques to prospectively identify specific deficits or features of underdevelopment in the prefrontal cortex and other reward processing centers. His research focuses on the study of neurodevelopment and adolescent drug and alcohol use by employing longitudinal studies and the integration of different kinds of MRI data.
Lab Director and Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor at Georgetown University
Adam joined the Georgetown faculty in the fall of 2010. Adam's motivating interest is in human creative intelligence and especially in understanding how neural processes constitute our best ideas. Adam’s work includes research into endogenous neural mechanisms and exogenous neurostimulation that support creative relational reasoning, as well as research on the neuroscience of teaching and learning in real-world educational contexts. He is a founder and current president (2019-2021) of The Society for the Neuroscience of Creativity. Adam received a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from Dartmouth and did his post-doctoral training at Yale.
William D. Casebeer, Ph.D.
Career Intelligence Analyst and Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
Dr. Casebeer is a career intelligence analyst and Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He holds degrees in political science from the US Air Force Academy (BS), philosophy from the University of Arizona (MA), national security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School (MA), and a joint PhD in cognitive science and philosophy from the University of California at San Diego, where his dissertation received the campus-wide outstanding thesis award. Formerly an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the US Air Force Academy, during 2005-2006 Dr Casebeer was project fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he focused on ethics and counter-terrorism policy.
His research interests include neuroethics, the evolution of morality, the intersections of cognitive science and national security policy, philosophy of mind and military ethics. He has published on topics ranging from the morality of torture interrogation to the rhetoric of evil in international relations, in venues such as Nature Reviews Neuroscience, Biology and Philosophy, and International Studies. He is author of Natural Ethical Facts: Evolution, Connectionism, and Moral Cognition (MIT Press), and co-author of Warlords Rising: Confronting Violent Non-State Actors (Lexington Books).
Dr. Michael Ullman
Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Georgetown University
Dr. Ullman is Professor in the Department of Neuroscience, with secondary appointments in the Departments of Psychology and Neurology. He is Director of the Brain and Language Lab, and Director of the Georgetown EEG/ERP Laboratory.
The Brain and Language Lab aims to elucidate how language is learned, represented, and processed in the mind and brain. We focus especially on understanding how language learning and use depend on evolutionarily ancient learning and memory systems in the brain: declarative memory and procedural memory, which are respectively rooted in the hippocampus and the basal ganglia. We study both native and later-learned language/bilingualism. We are also interested in the neurocognition of math, reading, and music, and whether and how these also depend on the two learning and memory systems. We investigate between and within subject differences in the neurocognition of language and other domains, based on factors such as genetic variation, endocrine fluctuations, sex and handedness differences, and individual differences in learning and memory abilities. We test our hypotheses using a set of complementary behavioral, neurological, neuroimaging ((f)MRI), electrophysiological (ERPs), and other approaches (e.g., genetic, endocrine, pharmacological). We are interested in the normal acquisition and processing of language and other domains, as well as the breakdown, recovery and rehabilitation of these processes in a variety of developmental and later-onset disorders, including Developmental Language Disorder (i.e., Specific Language Impairment), dyslexia, autism, Tourette syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and aphasia. A new area of research investigates how language and other cognitive abilities are affected in the aging brain. This work is being led by Research Scholar Jana Reifegerste, with the close involvement and support of undergraduates Lauren Russell and Walid Khan, as well as Denas Kisonas, an Integrative Neuroscience Masters Student in our lab in 2019-2020.
The Georgetown EEG/ERP Laboratory provides a state-of-the-art facility for the acquisition of human electroencephalography (EEG) and event-related potentials (ERPs). The lab’s Neuroscan SynAmps2 EEG/ERP system can be used for up to 64-channel EEG/ERP acquisition. Additionally, we have a 64 channel BrainAmp MR Plus system from Brain Products that allows one to carry out simultaneous EEG/ERP and fMRI acquisition in Georgetown’s Center for Functional and Molecular Imaging (CFMI) 3T Siemens Magnetom Trio scanner.
Associate Professor of Law McKnight Presidential Fellow
Professor Francis X. Shen joined the faculty as an associate professor in 2012. He also serves as Executive Director of Education and Outreach for the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience.
Professor Shen completed his B.A. in economics and English at the University of Chicago in 2000, his J.D. at Harvard Law School in 2006, and his Ph.D. in government and social policy at Harvard University and the Kennedy School of Government in 2008. During graduate school he was a doctoral fellow in the Harvard University Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy, supported by the National Science Foundation. From 2007-09, he was a teaching fellow, lecturer, and assistant director of undergraduate studies in the Harvard Department of Government and received five Certificates of Distinction for Excellence in Teaching from Harvard’s Derek Bok Center.
In 2009 he joined the MacArthur Foundation Law and Neuroscience Project, at the University of California Santa Barbara, as a post-doctoral research fellow. In 2010-11 he became associate director of the Project and a visiting scholar at Vanderbilt Law School. In 2011-12 he was a visiting assistant professor at Tulane University Law School and The Murphy Institute.
Professor Shen conducts empirical and interdisciplinary research at the intersection of law and the brain sciences. He is co-authoring the first law coursebook on law and neuroscience (forthcoming, Aspen Publishers), and has explored the implications of cognitive neuroscience for criminal law, tort, and legislation in the United States. Additional research areas of focus are criminal law and crime policy, and education law and policy.
His research has been published in a variety of outlets in law, political science, psychology, and education, and he has made more than 50 professional presentations. He has co-authored two books, The Education Mayor (Georgetown, 2007) and The Casualty Gap (Oxford, 2010), and has authored or co-authored 14 articles and 9 book chapters.
Emergency Department medical scribe, Massachusetts General Hospital; Clinical neuroscience researcher,
Fae Kayarian is a Boston-based neuroscientist, author, and poet. Kayarian attended NortheasternUniversity for her
undergraduate studies, where she graduated summa cum laude with degrees in Behavioral Neuroscience and Ethics. As an undergrad, she worked in several neuroscience labs at Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital, where she contributed to advances in non-invasive brain stimulation research and became an active voice in the medical humanities community.
Kayarian’s research interests lie at the intersection of non-invasive brain stimulation, neurotherapeutics and electrophysiology, with the aim of improving diagnostics and treatments for various neurology populations. As a clinical researcher at Harvard Medical School and its affiliated hospitals, she was a team member on multiple cutting-edge projects utilizing transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial electrical stimulation (tES) as tools for detecting neurological biomarkers and modulating aberrant neural activity in patients with autism spectrum disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment and schizophrenia. Kayarian is also interested in the neuroethical implications of emerging neurotechnologies, especially on issues of neurodiversity, social justice and cognitive enhancement.
During her time at Harvard Medical School, Kayarian co-founded a volunteer program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, which provides interactive therapy at the bedside of patients with traumatic brain injury, neurotrauma, and other neurological disorders. Through this program, she shared transformative moments of love, loss, and joy with patients and doctors. Inspired by these encounters, Kayarian began to write medical poetry and continued to write as she became a clinical research assistant, neurosurgery student-observer and emergency department medical scribe. After four years of documenting these experiences at Harvard Medical School and its teaching hospitals, Kayarian published her first book of poetry, Journals of a Visitor: A Medical Scribe’s Accounts of Love, Healing and Self discovery. Journals of a Visitor describes her coming-of-age story as a young, queer woman navigating the worlds of science and medicine, and serves as an homage to the body, heart, and soul. Ultimately, Kayarian aspires to become a physician and to continue writing poetry that celebrates science, medicine, and love. She hopes to use the medical humanities and narrative writing to empower patients and the next generation of healthcare providers.
Learn From Top Medical School Admissions Officers
Paul T. White, J.D.
Assistant Dean for Admissions at Johns Hopkins University Medical School
Paul T. White has been affiliated with Johns Hopkins University (JHU) since 1994, first as director of Undergraduate Admissions and then as the Assistant Dean for Admissions at JHU’s School of Medicine. In addition to his admissions position at the School of Medicine, he was also served as the Assistant Dean for Financial Aid. In addition to his current work overseeing the Hopkins MD Admissions Office, he serves as a voting faculty member on the MD Admissions Committee, sits on the Financial Aid Advisory Board at Hopkins and on the MD/PhD Admissions Committee.
From 2006 until 2012, Paul White served as the Associate Dean of Admissions at the University of Minnesota Medical School before returning to Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2012. White’s professional career began at Yale University in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, where he was an Assistant Director of Admissions for Yale College. He later served as an Associate Dean of Admissions at Hamilton College and as Senior Associate Dean of Admissions at Colgate University.
White received his Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Yale University and his Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
He has served as a member of the National Merit Corporation Scholarship Selection Committee, and he is a member of the Educational Testing Service’s Scholarship Review Committee. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the SEED School of Maryland, a statewide public boarding school and he is the regional director of volunteer services for the annual Yale Day of Service for Yale alumni throughout Maryland and Virginia. He is a past president and co-founder of the Black Faculty and Staff Association of Johns Hopkins University and a past president of Hightower Scholarship, Inc. His speaking engagements have included regional and national conferences on such topics as using social media in admissions; admissions, legal matters and affirmative action and using financial aid strategically. He has served as a consultant to a number of colleges, universities and medical schools on admissions matters both within the US and abroad.
Assistant Dean and Director of Pre-Health Programs at Georgetown University
Ed Meyertholen went to Boston College where he graduated with a Biology/Chemistry major. He then attended graduate school at Purdue University and received his Ph.D. in biology in 1982. After holding faculty positions at several universities he settled in Austin, TX where he taught Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Physiology at Austin Community College. In 2005, Ed was awarded a sabbatical leave and was able to do research on Kennedy's Disease in the lab of Dr. Diane Merry at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. In 2012, Ed accepted a position as Assistant Dean and Director of Pre-Health Programs at Georgetown College, Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Ed is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the KDA.
Ed and his wife, Pat, have been married for 30 years and have two daughters. Ed was diagnosed with KD in 1999 when he was 45. Since having been diagnosed, he has taken up running and has completed five marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 2004. Ed has tried to use his running as a means of raising money for the KDA.
Assistant Director Of Admissions at George Washington University School of Medicine
Michelle Whitehurst-Cook, M.D.
Virginia Commonwealth University-Senior Associate Dean for Admissions
Michelle is the senior associate dean for admissions and associate professor of family medicine and population health at the VCU School of Medicine. Having joined the faculty in 1993, her areas of research focus include teaching domestic violence issues, diabetic patient education and rural health.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary and a medical degree from the VCU School of Medicine. Throughout her tenure at VCU she has been committed to enhancing the diversity of physician practitioners and the multicultural awareness of her students. Her dedication to caring for underserved populations led to the development of the Inner City and Rural Preceptorship Program in 1996. In 2009, she received a VCU Presidential Award for Community Multicultural Enrichment, and in 2007 she received a YWCA of Richmond Outstanding Women Award.
In July 2016 Michelle was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to the VCU Health System Authority Board of Directors.
Keith D. Baker, PhD
Assistant Dean for Admissions For Virginia Commonwealth University Medical School
Meet With College Admissions Experts
Former Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Johns Hopkins University
I am the former Director of Admission at Regis College in Weston, MA. I have also worked in the admission offices at Bowdoin College, Johns Hopkins University, and the George Washington University.
My passion for students has always fueled my work with students and their families. The college process is a journey and I enjoy providing guidance and insight for those who are going through it.
Outside of my work in higher education, I enjoy spending time with my fiancé and my family, running, and watching sports.
Yale University-Assistant Director of Admissions (Former)
Born and raised in northern California, I am an ABC (American-born Chinese) of Hakka heritage and speak Chinese and English. As an Assistant Director of Admissions at Yale University’s Undergraduate Admissions Office, I am very familiar with high schools in the northern California and Washington DC regions.
I love working with students! As an admissions officer at Yale, I loved seeing students on campus that I had “met” (on paper) through the application process. Since then, I have continued to work alongside American and Chinese students who have interned in my workplaces, in the private sector, government, and NGOs, both in the U.S. and in China (I worked in Beijing for 3 years).
In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my husband, Charlie, and our 2-year-old Golden Retriever puppy, Zebedee. Some of my hobbies include triathlons, guitar, and eating out!
Assistant Director of Admissions at the George Washington University
Dan is an Assistant Director of Admissions at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he's overseen the Visit & Events team since 2017. Responsible for the on-campus and virtual engagement experience of over 70,000 visitors each year, he also manages a recruitment and application evaluation territory that covers Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri.
An active member of both NACAC and its PCACAC regional affiliate, Dan began his career as an Admissions Counselor at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, MD. He then worked as a Senior Admission Counselor at the Catholic University of America, also in D.C., before coming to GW. He earned his Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration & Policy from the Pennsylvania State University, and his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at American University
Michelle Stinson graduated from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC in 2013, double majoring in English and Government. Following graduation, she began working in Admissions at her alma mater.
In 2016, she worked in College and Career Readiness as a Dual Enrollment and Persistence Counselor at Charles R. Drew Charter School in Atlanta, GA.
As of January 2020, Michelle is currently an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at American University, and works with students in DC, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Admissions Officer at Howard University
Dejah Greene is an Admissions Officer at Howard University who has a passion for assisting students and families in the admissions process.
Dejah is an experienced admissions officer and administrative assistant with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry and federal government. Strong in the arts and social sciences with a Master's degree focused in Forensic Psychology from Walden University.
At Howard, Dejah primarily reviews prospective student applications for first preliminary recommendation for admission and works to make decisions based on a holistic view.
Advanced Medical Neuroscience
At the Leadership Initiatives Medical Neuroscience Summit I had the opportunity to interact and talk to leading neuroscientists in the country and I gained valuable knowledge concerning a variety of topics including neuroethics, neuroimaging, psychology, neuroanatomy, and many others. In addition to gaining more insight into the field of neuroscience, I gained training in writing a research proposal and using neuroimaging software. I had the privilege to work with four other hardworking students in the program on a research proposal that has the potential to be published."
College Station High School, Class of 2021
Advanced Medical Neuroscience Internship Summit
Advanced Medical Neuroscience
I had a great experience with Leadership Initiatives this summer. Through the Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit, I was able to learn about cutting-edge developments in neuroscience from the top experts in the field. I enjoyed hearing about intriguing topics in neuroscience from the lecturers, such as neuro-ethics, neuro-law, and neuroscience in film. One of these lectures inspired our group’s final project, which was about how mindfulness practices could alleviate stress due to online learning in students. The judges were impressed with our project, and I was proud knowing that the research proposal we created was something that could make a difference in the real world."
Mount Saint Joseph High School, Class of 2021
Advanced Medical Neuroscience Internship Summit
Advanced Medical Neuroscience
I loved this internship program. It granted me new knowledge about not just only the brain but also how the world works through what our brains perceive. I'm glad to have come out of my shell and meet other amazing and smart people. It was so much fun getting to work with my group to create a research topic that was meaningful to all of us allowing us to come together to share knowledge with each other."
Bishop McNamara High School, Class of 2022
Advanced Medical Neuroscience Internship Summit
Advanced Medical Neuroscience
My experience at the Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit included a rare opportunity to attend daily lectures and virtual meetings with neuroscience experts from Georgetown University and other schools in the United States and Germany, ranging in topics from neuroimaging, free will, neurolaw, consciousness, and neuroethics to neurogenetics, neuro weapons, neuroscience fiction, neuroaesthetics, and neurodiversity. Also, my neuroscience research proposal received positive feedback from the entire panel of experts and helped me gain leadership and teamwork skills."
Thomas Jefferson High School, Class of 2024
Advanced Medical Neuroscience Internship Summit
Advanced Medical Neuroscience
My experience at the Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit was amazing. I enjoyed watching all of the lectures, especially the one about fMRI and the brain bank. My final project was about how looking at your own face in a group setting affects your divergent thinking performance. I had to read multiple articles to see what was known and what was not known. I learned a lot about creativity in the brain and EEGs. Overall, my experience at the summit was something that I’ll never forget."
Willows Academy, Class of 2022
Advanced Medical Neuroscience Internship Summit
Exclusive Partnership Benefits
Founded in 1789, Georgetown University is recognized worldwide for excellence in international relations, politics, medicine, and law. It is consistently ranked as one of America’s top 20 universities. Famous alumni include US President Bill Clinton, actor Bradley Cooper, and the Crown Prince of Spain. Ideally situated in Washington, D.C., Georgetown is the perfect setting for a pre-college program.
Leadership Initiatives has partnered with Georgetown for over a decade and have been recognized multiple times with the Outstanding Community Partner Award. We’ve created six first-of-their-kind programs for students who come from all 50 states and nations from across the globe. This summer, expand your horizons at one of the top universities in the world in the nation's capital.
Leadership Initiatives Youth Development Programs are granted exclusive access to experts, facilities, technology and educational opportunities from our partners. In addition our programs are heavily subsidized by our sponsors allowing our programs to offer additional benefits that no other summer program in the world can offer.
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Exclusive Tours Of The State Department, National Institute Of Health, Supreme Court And More
In addition to unparalleled access to mentors, experts, and direct action, students will select from a list of available locations on Choose Your Own Adventure sessions!
Officials will provide private tours of select DC sites including the World Bank, National Institute of Health and Congressional Offices. These exclusive tours allow a small group of students an opportunity to ask in-depth questions and make personal connections with top-tier institutions.
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China,
Embassy of Israel, Embassy of Austria, Embassy of Britain, Embassy of Egypt & Embassy of Italy.
2020 International Leadership and Business Summit Exclusive Tours Include:
Supreme Court, United States Congress,
Metropolitan Police Department, The Public Defender Service, United States District Court for the District of Columbia and Washington D.C. Department of Corrections.
2020 Advanced Law & Trial Internship Summit Exclusive Tours Include:
National Institute of Health,
Howard University Simulation Training & Education Lab, Georgetown University School Of Medicine, Red Cross and The National Museum of Health and Medicine.
2020 Advanced Medical & Public Health Summit Exclusive Tours Include:
Our Georgetown University dormitories are Copley and LXR Halls. You will be a part of a dynamic community of students and staff who live together in the residence halls.
Whether you’re working on a group project or Sumo Wrestling on the quad, it’s great to live with your friends. And if you have any questions, your Resident Counselor (RC) lives down the hall and is there for you 24/7.
Our students will live in a two-person room and may select their own roommate upon enrolling in the program.
Leadership Initiatives will provide luxury bedding, towels and pillows.
Every air-conditioned room includes a bed, study desk, closet & Wi-Fi.
Lounges, game rooms, laundry facilities, and the Leadership Initiatives office are all in the residence hall.
We are only a short walk from our academic buildings, Georgetown Cupcake and Georgetown's Olympic Gym.
Student Meal Plans
Leadership Initiatives is proud to have an all-inclusive meal plan. Students will never spend additional money on meals while at the conference. All participants have three meals per day, access to snacks and drinks at all times in the dorm rooms and several dessert surprises throughout the week.
We are the only summer program in the world where students are able to order food directly through our app which is delivered to students after classes to ensure they can focus solely on transforming lives at the conference.
We guarantee that you will have something to eat of your choosing, regardless of food allergies, veganism, vegetarianism, or any other health concern or dietary restriction.
Every morning, we create a continental breakfast buffet. Every student can use our waffle makers, select from ten types of cereal, sausages, tea, coffee, several juices, fruit, and three types of breakfast sandwiches every morning of the summit.
Students will have the opportunity to choose from 4 different restaurants for each meal every day that they are at the summit. Below are all the locations you will have an opportunity to eat at including the Famous Supreme Court Dining Hall.
Lunches and Dinners From Local Restaurants
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Students Are Always With A Staff Member
If A Student Becomes Sick Or Injured
Students With Medical Conditions
Students will live in Copley and LXR Halls. Students and staff will live together in the residence halls to ensure students have all educational, health and safety needs attended to day and night.
All Georgetown University dormitories have special keycard access requirements and security at the front entrance ensuring non-students cannot entire the dormitory and students cannot leave without permission.
Leadership Initiatives Staff and Offices are on call/open twenty-four hours a day during the conference. We are always ready to answer student or parent questions and provide assistance any time it is needed.
Resident Counselors make medical appointments in coordination with parents, accompany students to medical facilities, obtain prescription medications, and notify parents after medical visits.
Appointments are made with University Health Services or the Georgetown University Medical Center.
Leadership Initiatives has trained staff to allow students with almost any medical condition attend our conferences. Please email our main offices and we will create a plan together to ensure the student has the time of his or her life.
Student Arrivals And Departures
Students Arriving And Departing By Plane
Students Arriving By Car
Arrival Dates Outside Of The Program
Leadership Initiatives can provide transportation to and from the program for an additional $70. This includes pickup and drop-off at any of the major Washington D.C. airports (National, Dulles, BWI) and Penn Station if a student is arriving by train.
Leadership Initiatives staff members will pick up and drop students at the security gate. Leadership Initiatives will send a picture of the staff member picking up the student 24hrs before their flight's departure.
Upon arrival, the Leadership Initiatives staff member picking up the student will send a picture of the student to the parent or guardian.
When departing, the Leadership Initiatives staff member taking the student to the airport will walk the student to the security gate and will stay at the airport until the student's flight has taken off.
If you are arriving by car please use this address: 3700 P Street NW, Washington DC 20007. Your luggage will be off-loaded at a small drop off area and carted to your residence hall upon arrival.
Students who are traveling extensive distances may arrive one to three days early but will be subject to early arrival fees by Georgetown University of $200 per additional night of stay. All other students must adhere to check-in times.
Academic, College Application
& Career Benefits
TestRocker is the premier online SAT/ACT training resource for high school students across the United States.
LI has designed a system that will calculate the probability of acceptance into the student’s top university choices
YDP participants have access to college admissions panels with representatives from some of the top universities in the nation.
College Probability Modeling
College Admission Panels
College Essay Review
All YDP participants are able to submit five college application essays for review by our partners at University Connection.
YDP students will have the opportunity to have two letters of recommendation written for them by any LI staff member.
Students who participate in a YDP help create a new business or expand a growing business in a developing country
Letters of Recommendation
LI has compiled a database of past scholarship recipients to identify these factors and ease the burden of scholarship application for YDP students.
All YDP participantsnts receive professional resume creation advice and help from Leadership Initiatives.
LI will work to ensure that your work to transform lives is recognized.
Resume Editing Assistance
Leadership Initiatives creates a personalized website for each International Internship Program team highlighting their collaborative efforts with their partner in the International Business & Development Internship, International Law & Advocacy Internship, or International Public Health Internship.
The website displays your team's solutions, grant proposal, photos of your partners, and illustrates the impact your team has had on the life and community of your partners. The website link is included in your letters of recommendation, allowing colleges to independently explore the phenomenal work done by each and every student.
Click below to view Youth Development Program websites.
Advanced Law & Trial Internship
Advanced Medical & Public Health Internship
Advanced Medical Neuroscience Internship
International Leadership & Business Internship
National Security & Intelligence Internship