Scientific literacy is essential for everyone in a global and rapidly changing society. Understanding the fundamentals of science as a body of knowledge and as a way of thinking leads to more informed citizens, voters, and workers. More and more jobs demand advanced skills, requiring that people be able to learn, reason, think creatively, make decisions, and solve problems. An understanding of science and the processes of science contributes in an essential way to these skills. The field of neuroscience is uniquely positioned as a tool to boost scientific understanding and personal development. CUNO seeks to enhance the scientific understanding and personal development of NYC school children through classroom-based workshops on the brain.

  1. Approximately 50 volunteers currently contribute to CUNO’s outreach efforts. These volunteers are graduate students, research assistants, and post-docs from Columbia University, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Weill Cornell, and New York University.
  2. CUNO visits almost 30 public, charter, and private schools throughout Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn annually.
  3. Nearly 1000 students in grades K-12 participated in CUNO classroom workshops in 2011 alone.
  4. CUNO also hosted specialized training for 30 motivated NYC Brain Bee participants.

If you are a teacher who has welcomed CUNO volunteers into your classroom, we’d love to hear from you! We are constantly looking for feedback, ways to improve, and anecdotes from the class.


In 2011, CUNO’s founders were awarded the Society for Neuroscience’s Next Generation Award for outstanding contributions to public communication, outreach, and education about neuroscience.




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