Cutting-Edge Neuroscience Taught By Medical Pioneers

Advanced Medical

Neuroscience Summit

Neuroscience And The Military

Learn From Medical Specialists Providing Veterans With The Most Up-To-Date Neurological Technology To Improve Their Mobility

Collaborate With Medical Leaders

Learn From And Work With Medical And Neuroscience Experts

Work With College Admissions Experts

One-On-One Application Assistance And Meetings With Top University Admissions Officers

Write A Proposal For Your Own Neurological Study

Your Proposal Will Be Reviewed By A Panel Of Neurological Experts

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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 fourteen 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 - all online.

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Rising Freshmen To Graduating Seniors

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14 Days

July 11th, 2021 - July 24th, 2021

12:00 to 5:00 pm EST

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$2500

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THE ONLY ONLINE SUMMER PROGRAM IN THE WORLD

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Participate In Advanced

Neurological Tests

Work With Patients With

Cybernetic Enhancements

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Learn Directly From Experts

In Seven Fields Of Neurology

Students will have the rare opportunity to virtual neuroscience technology that has never been accessible to high school students before. Students will be walked through various practices and experiments using these virtual systems by neuroscientists in various specialties.

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 online Medical School Admissions Panel to provide students with a firsthand account of what universities look for in applicants.

Students and parents attend exclusive virtual Q&A sessions with Medical School Admissions Officers from Harvard, Dartmouth, Georgetown, George Washington, and Johns Hopkins University.

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Program Highlights

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.

Speak With Leading Neurologists About Scientific Advancements From Around The Globe

Medical Experts

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.

Develop a Neuroscience Research Project

Publish An Article With Leading Neuroscientists

For their final project, students will design and propose a research project related to cognitive neuroscience and neuroethics with Dr. James Giordano and Dr. Rachel Wurzman in order to focus and apply their understanding.

Participants will present their findings publicly to leading Neuroscientists from across the country.

Click here to view a developed neuroscience research project.

After presenting publicly to leading Neuroscientists, the top teams will be asked to co-publish their proposal with one of the eight nationally recognized Neuroscientists leading the program.

Leadership Initiatives will record the presentation, publish the student's proposal, and create a website to showcase each team's in-depth research project.

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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
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
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

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. 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.

John Shook

Chairman Lean Global Network; Senior Advisor, Lean Enterprise Institute
John Shook

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. 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.

Adam Green

Lab Director and Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor at Georgetown University
Adam Green

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
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. 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.

Francis Shen

Associate Professor of Law McKnight Presidential Fellow
Francis Shen

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.

Fae Kayarian

Emergency Department medical scribe, Massachusetts General Hospital; Clinical neuroscience researcher,
Fae Kayarian

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.

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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, 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.

Ed Meyertholen

Assistant Dean and Director of Pre-Health Programs at Georgetown University
Ed Meyertholen

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.

Holli Selman

Assistant Director Of Admissions at George Washington University School of Medicine
Holli Selman

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 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
Keith D. Baker, PhD

Assistant Dean for Admissions For Virginia Commonwealth University Medical School

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Meet With Undergraduate Admissions Experts

Zak Harris

Former Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Johns Hopkins University
Zak Harris

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.

Susan Shifflett

Yale University-Assistant Director of Admissions (Former)
Susan Shifflett

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!

Daniel Zawacki

Assistant Director of Admissions at the George Washington University
Daniel Zawacki

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.

Michelle Stinson

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at American University
Michelle Stinson

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.

Dejah Greene

Admissions Officer at Howard University
Dejah Greene

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.

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Our research proposal was an experiment that focused on the impact in-person stimuli on individuals’ change in or strength in their beliefs. We came up with this idea using the lectures we heard during the summit as well as by using what is happening around us. Being our age, we are, right now, in the middle of a digital push for equality and justice, which we wanted to express through our project. In order to design this project, we began by researching, brainstorming, and feeding off of each other’s ideas. After that, we let our project develop further and further through additional research and collaboration until we had a finished product."

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Georgetown Visitation Prep School, Class of 2022

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My research proposal asked how does looking at your own face in a group setting affect the focus of your attention on creative tasks that involve divergent thinking? This question seemed very relevant to today because everyone is being affected by moving to online because of coronavirus, and knowing the neurological affects of this can be interesting. We designed it by coming up with a plan to test participants in a trial to give us answers on how the brain is affected by seeing one's self, on zoom for example."

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Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, Class of 2021

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My favorite lectures were the lectures on neuroimaging and on neuromodulation. Before this program, my focus was mostly on the conscious mind. However, these lectures opened several new doors of possibilities. The neuroimaging lecture not only taught us about several of the techniques that are currently being used to study the brain and how they worked, but also gave us the chance to use the mricron program. I also really enjoyed the neuromodulation lecture. We talked to some of the top neuroscientists in this field who taught us about all the different techniques that are being researched right now such as deep-brain stimulation, chemical neuromodulation and optigenetic neuromodulation. These lectures got me excited for the day I get the chance to do research in these areas and help save lives."

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Acton-Boxborough Regional High, Class of 2021

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I found the lecture on neuro-law to be most interesting because I have an interest in both science and law. It was fascinating how neuroscience has become more and more prevalent in court, and will continue to do so, and shows that neuroscience is a field that has a promising future. The lecture also showed the importance of making sure that neuroscience is used properly in legal systems and the importance of mutual understanding between the disciplines."

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Mount Saint Joseph High School, Class of 2021

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Advanced Medical Neuroscience

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Internship Summit

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In her lecture, Ms. Fae Kayarian spoke of the importance of paying attention to your story and how it shapes you as a person which I thought was very powerful. She reminded me of the value of individuality and how it can propel you through life. She also told us about her work as a medical scribe and how she writes and has a published book of medical poetry. I had never heard of either of those things before, so I was completely fascinated. I have always been passionate about both science and literature, and Ms. Kayarian’s lecture really emphasized how those two things can go hand in hand."

Student Name:

Walton High School, Class of 2023

Advanced Medical Neuroscience Internship Summit

Summer Program:

School:

Pragya S.

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Academic, College Application

& Career Benefits

SAT/ACT Training

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.

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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

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Letters of Recommendation

Real-World Experience

Scholarship Assistance

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.

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Resume Editing Assistance

Community Service

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.

Personalized Website

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Advanced Medical Neuroscience Internship

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