Community Outreach

Bringing neuroscience to the community

Sharing exciting discoveries in brain research and inspiring the next generation of neuroscientists is an important part of the Center's mission. We bring together neuroscientists, trainees and community members of all ages through a number of outreach events in the greater Sacramento region.

NeuroFest - Our Signature Outreach Event

Graduate students booth at NeuroFest 2018Every March, CNS hosts NeuroFest, a one day free public event for community members of all ages. Attendees enjoy public lectures by faculty on the latest brain research, hands-on interactive activities, and a research poster contest presented by our graduate students. NeuroFest occurs during Brain Awareness Week, a global effort organized by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and the Society for Neuroscience to promote the public and personal benefits of brain research.


K-12 Education

During the year, our graduate student outreach teams provide presentations and activities at elementary and high schools throughout the Northern California region. Students learn about brain anatomy (complete with brains for students to hold and dissect), traumatic brain injury and helmet safety, how optical illusions work, and basic concepts of neuroscience.

NIED group discussion

Neuroscience Initiative to Enhance Diversity (NIED)

Designed for undergraduates from disadvantaged or underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in pursuing an advanced degree in the neurosciences, Center for Neuroscience faculty and trainees provide sophomore, junior and senior undergraduate students with hands-on skill-building workshops, mini lectures on graduate school and the admissions process and peer mentorship.