Summer Program on the UW Campus

Students sit and discuss.

Currently, NNL is hosted as a "hybrid" program. Some days will be online and some days will be onsite at the University of Washington (UW), Seattle Campus. Our free summer program is for high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors who are citizens and permanent residents of the United States and its possessions who identify as neurodiverse learners. The program will take place weekdays, August 7-18, 2023.

The DO-IT Center and Center for Neurotechnology (CNT) at the University of Washington sponsor a ten-day program for neurodiverse students during the summer. High school and college students receive an introduction to neuroscience and neural engineering, neuroethics, and scientific communication. Participants will learn about research in CNT laboratories. The goal is to provide students with exposure to the field of neural engineering and provide basic preparation for college studies in STEM subjects as well as future STEM careers.

Applications for our summer program are currently accepted on a rolling basis for the upcoming summer. Students who complete the summer program will be offered continued activities throughout the school year. There is no cost to students accepted into this program. The application process is competitive.​ 

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Identify as a neurodiverse learner (defined as those with academic challenges related to conditions such as dyspraxia, dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyscalculia, autism spectrum disorder, and Tourette syndrome).

  • Have aptitude and interest in attending college.

  • Currently be a high school sophomore, junior, or senior, or a college freshman.

  • Commit to program participation. 

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and its possessions.

  • Have access to a computer and internet connection to use video conferencing tools.

  • Be able to travel to the UW Seattle campus for several days in August.

CNT Educator Eric Chudler teaches a classroom of students about the brain.

Continued Engagement

Throughout the year, students will be invited to engage in networking meetings, neuroscience learning activities, and college preparation activities. Students will be invited to participate in an online community to stay connected to each other and NNL staff.

Information Sessions

Attend an information session to learn more about the program and whether you or a student you know should apply. Dates for sessions will be posted soon!

Deadline

Applications are accepted throughout the school year for the upcoming summers.

How to Apply

A complete application includes the following pieces.

  • Student Application
    Students complete the online Student Application form.
  • Recommendation from Parent/Guardian
    Parents or Guardians complete the online Recommendation from Parent/Guardian form. This form is also emailed to parents/guardians after the student application is submitted.
  • High School Teacher, Administrator, Counselor, or Coach Recommendation
    The online Recommendation form should be submitted by a High School Teacher, Administrator, Counselor, Coach, or other approved mentor. This will be emailed to your referred teacher, administrator, or counselor after the Student Application is submitted.

We prefer forms submitted online, but you can complete any of the forms by hand and submit to DO-IT by email, fax, or postal mail. You can also access these applications in Spanish, Russian, or Vietnamese. Submit all printed material to this address:

Email:
doit@uw.edu

Fax:
206-221-4171

Mailing Address:
Neuroscience for Neurodiverse Learners
University of Washington 
Box 354842 
Seattle, WA 98195-4842