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High School Volunteer Program

About the Program

For more than 20 years, the Department of Translational Neuroscience at Barrow Neurological Institute has provided high school students with an early opportunity to gain valuable exposure to and participate in scientific research in a professional setting. This allows for high school volunteers to participate in hands-on lab work with cutting-edge technology throughout the entire year. At Barrow Neurological Institute, we strive for top-tier, long-lasting mentorship, providing the students with the tools they need to succeed in their career journey.  

In addition to opportunities in our research laboratories, we are excited to announce that we are now  also accepting submissions to research support roles, including, but not limited to our offices in:

Joining the Program

Students must be 16 years or older to participate. If interested in laboratory research, please read through our laboratory descriptions and determine which lab best fits your interest.  To relay this information to us, please prepare the following information in a biographical format:

  • Your current high school
  • Current grade
  • GPA
  • Desired lab or ancillary department (marketing, publications, or foundation)
  • Explanation of why you are interested in volunteering at Barrow

Send this bio to From there, your information will be forwarded to the desired laboratory director or department head. If there is interest in your application, you will be contacted by email to discuss next steps. 

Please note: Not all applicants will be accepted into the program.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the volunteer program are:

  • To enhance knowledge of basic biological principles and the mechanisms that contribute to the cause of and treatment for disease
  • To teach students to evaluate the scientific literature and to develop communication skills
  • To teach students to use advanced scientific techniques and to address scientific questions
  • To provide the environment to develop scientific projects that are presented at local and national scientific competitions or in scientific literature
  • To educate the students about the importance of non-laboratory ancillary departments to complement the research studies

For More Information

Please contact