Summer Program

Students sit and discuss.

Our free online 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 virtual program will run weekdays, August 9-20.

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 school year. The summer program will run online with continued activities throughout the school year. The current dates of the program have not been set. 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.

  • 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.

  • Complete the online application.

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.

How to Apply

A complete application includes the following pieces.

We prefer forms submitted online, but you can complete any of the forms by hand and submit to DO-IT by postal mail, fax, or email. Submit all printed material to this address:


Fax: 206-221-4171

Mailing Address:

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

206-685-DOIT (3648) (voice/TTY)
888-972-DOIT (3648) (voice/TTY)
206-221-4171 (fax)
509-328-9331 (voice/TTY) Spokane