Diversity & Outreach Opportunities for Neurology Faculty & Trainees


The Bay Area Science Festival was virtual last year, with over 125 free events, including 9 neuroscience events. This public education initiative is sponsored by The Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP - see below right). 


Brain Camp: This outstanding program completed its fourth year virtually in 2020. The week-long intensive program introduces local high school students to careers in neuroscience. Students in 2020 received a "Brain Camp in a Box" containing everything they needed to participate in activities in virtual format. Participants represented 17 Bay Area high schools. An entire day of the camp was dedicated to content surrounding healthcare disparities, social determinants of health, and mental health. 

San Francisco Unified School District: The SFUSD Career Technical Education (CTE) Health and Biotech Academies often send students for job-shadowing in our laboratories. Thank you to the laboratories and hosts who have participated in the past: Drs. Kirsten Anderson (from the Hellmuth Lab), Kevin Jones (Neuroscape) and Prashanth Ramachandran (Wilson Lab). 

  • Prior participants include Jesse Garcia Castillo, Maggie Waung, Jill Hollenbach, Odessa Yabut (job shadows); and Mercedes Paredes, Sergio Baranzini,  Elysa Margolis, Michael Wilson, Bill Seeley, Ted Zanto, Nijee Luthra (tours/lectures).

UCSF's Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP)

SEP has several excellent programs that our faculty have participated in, such as the summer Internship Program and the fall Bay Area Science Festival. 

Dr. Jeanne Paz and Dr. Scott Zamvil have hosted interns through the Internship Program. 

Each program has a different start date and other parameters. Read more on the SEP website to find a program that works for you.

SF Oasis for Girls

Our colleagues in the Department of Neurological Surgery have established a partnership with SF Oasis for Girls that began in 2017. Marisa McFarlane coordinates activities for three cohorts per year at UCSF.

Faculty/postdocs/staff can participate for the whole four weeks, or just a day or two.  If you can offer an activity for these students, please contact Marisa.

UCSF Diversity Hub

The UCSF Office of Diversity & Outreach has a Diversity Hub with over 260 programs. The list is searchable - give it a spin:  https://diversity.ucsf.edu/hub-program/

SEP's programs are listed here, along with many others.