Hiram Neuroscience Academy

June 22-25, 2014 (Residential)

Age:  Rising juniors and seniors

Cost:  $300

Dogs are known for their powerful sense of smell which has led to their use in law enforcement to detect bombs, cadavers, drugs, and survivors of catastrophes such as earthquakes. What gives dogs their acute sense of smell?  Some breeds of dogs have ten times as many olfactory (sense of smell) cells than humans in their noses.  On the surface of these numerous cells are odor-detecting proteins called olfactory receptors that differ in type and number. In this Neuroscience Academy we will analyze the molecules used to detect odors, explore how learning to do these tasks is accomplished in dogs and other odor-driven species, and compare that to how humans use their sense of smell. Students will isolate DNA from their adopted dog and will sequence that DNA in order to examine the olfactory receptors present. In the learning segments students will conduct experiments with human subjects to explore the role of olfaction as it relates to taste and memory, and rat subjects to explore their superior odor discrimination abilities. 

Hiram College will award a $1,000 scholarship to every high school student who attends a 2014 summer academy and enrolls as a full time student at Hiram College.  Renewable up to four years.  (Potential of $4,000 total in scholarship award.)

Who conducts the Hiram Neuroscience Academy?

Cara Constance, Associate Professor of Biology 

Amber Chenoweth, Assistant Professor of Psychology 

Lisa Shauver, Research Teaching Associate in Psychology

Julie Maxson, Teaching Research Professional in Biology

Where is the Hiram Neuroscience Academy?

The Hiram Neuroscience Academy is a four-day, residential summer learning experience held on the Hiram College campus, located in Hiram, Ohio.  Hiram's campus is a 45-minute drive from Cleveland and Akron.  Participants will stay three nights in a residence hall.


The 2014 Hiram Neuroscience Academy is aimed at high school students who are rising juniors and seniors. Please submit one registration form and one payment per student.

+ Register & pay online

+ Pay OnlyIf you have already registered but have not paid, please click the Pay Only link to be directed to the payment screen. Please be aware that the first applicants to complete the registration process in its entirety and submit their full payment will be considered for acceptance.

Cost and Payment Arrangements

The total cost for the Hiram Neuroscience Academy is $300.  Meals, housing and all activities associated with the academy are covered in this price.  The online registration form is linked to two online payment options.  Payment arrangements include:

Online by Credit Card: Hiram College accepts American Express, Discover, and MasterCard.  When paying by credit card, please note that a 2.5% convenience fee will be included in the total amount charged.

Online by Electronic Check: There is no convenience fee when paying by E-check.

Other Requirements for Participation

Reference: On the registration form, students are asked to provide the name, title, telephone number and email address of a teacher or guidance counselor who is willing to serve as a reference on their behalf.  We assume that references are aware that students have used their names and that they may be contacted.

Register Early! Space is Limited!

The first applicants to complete the registration process in its entirety and submit their full payment will be considered for acceptance.  High school students who are rising juniors and seniors are welcome to register.  Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The deadline for registration is May 30, 2014.   Interested students are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Notification of Acceptance

Once students have registered and paid in full, their registration materials will be reviewed by the faculty leading the academy.  As soon as a student has been approved, Lisa Schneider will send out an email notifying the student that he or she has been accepted to attend.

A week or so before the Hiram Neuroscience Academy, students will receive via email a link to materials for the academy including:

  • Hiram Neuroscience Academy Schedule
  • Emergency Medical Form (must be signed by your parent or guardian in order to participate)
  • Directions to Hiram College
  • Campus Map
  • List of Items to Bring with You

Refund Policy

Full payment must accompany registration to be considered for acceptance.  A full refund will be issued for those students not accepted into the academy.  Students who choose to withdraw at least three weeks prior to the first day of the academy will receive a 50% refund.  No refunds will be made after that date.


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Lisa Schneider, Manager, Institutional Advancement Programs
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Deadline: May 30, 2014

Program Materials

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