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Federal Prize Competition for HS Students (deadline: April 14, 2022)

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Samantha White Samantha White 170 Points

The National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative is funding breakthrough research projects that are helping scientists learn more about how our brains work than ever before. New technologies allow us to watch living brains in action, record brain signals, and stimulate brain regions for treatment purposes. While exciting, these projects raise important ethical  questions about our ability to watch, record, and change brain activity. Cutting-edge research requires cutting-edge ethics—and this is where high school students come in!

We are calling for creative essays or videos from currently enrolled U.S. high school students. We want to hear their perspectives on the ethical implications of these types of research projects and technologies. Of course, these questions are only the tip of the iceberg.

Students, Parents, and Teachers can learn more about the ethical issues and implications of cutting-edge neuroscience research, including additional specific questions facing researchers today, on the Challenge website: This is also where students can learn about the judging process, the prizes (up to $1500!), and must submit their essay or video.

Please email [email protected] with questions.

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