Programs for High School Students in Neuroscience and Mental Health

Central Massachusetts Regional Brain Bee

The 12th Annual Central Massachusetts Regional Brain Bee was held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at UMass Medical School. Congratulations to this year's winner, Colin Wood from Grafton High School.  Colin will compete in the March 16-18th National Brain Bee Competition in Baltimore, Maryland. Check out the 2018 Central Massachusetts event at:

Programs for High School Students

There are a number of opportunities that high school students could learn more about neuroscience and mental health. We have programs available for students who might be considering a career in neuroscience or mental health professions. There are many pathways for careers in research, teaching, or clinical service. The University of Massachusetts Medical School / Department of Psychiatry is pleased to sponsor these activities.

The range of opportunities for high school students include involvement in our Summer Internship program, Career Day, participation in the Annual Central Massachusetts Regional Brain Bee, and other ongoing community activities, including different Academic Interest Groups on many different topics. If you would like more information, please contact the Career Development and Research Office.

High School Summer Internship Program

The Neuroscience and Mental Health Summer Internship is an opportunity for high school students to gain a short, but educational glimpse into different aspects of the medical field. Students will be exposed to varying aspects of mental health work. Individually assigned to a participating UMass faculty advisor, the hope is that each student will be able to learn about the profession they eventually want to pursue. On a daily basis, each student will shadow his or her faculty advisor and several times a week, students will come together for organized workshops and guest speaker luncheons. Faculty advisors from last year's program included surgeons, researchers, and clinicians.

This volunteer program runs five days a week for a two week period in the middle of the summer. The official hours of the program are 9:30am-4:30pm; however, the hours are subject to change depending on the schedule of the student's assigned faculty advisor.

Updated 2018 Program information: The 2018 Psychiatry Neuroscience application form can be found here. Please send completed applications (including referral letters) via email to:
Reid -, Department of Psychiatry, and University of Massachusetts Medical School. For any questions, email: or
Deadline for submission is June 1st, 2018.