Stanford Neuroscience Journal Club

Teaching Kids How to Read and Interpret Scientific Publications

Scientific publications remain the key mechanism for scientists to communicate the results of their original scientific research and findings to the field of medicine.  The Stanford Neuroscience Journal Club was initiated by faculty members, Dr. Odette Harris in the Department of Neurosurgery and Dr. Reena Thomas in the Department of Neurology.  The intent of this group is to mentor high-school scientists in the critical analysis of a scientific paper and encourage participants to consider a career in the Neurosciences. Our once-per-month meetings offer students an opportunity to read and discuss scientific literature and newsworthy developments in the field of neuroscience in a low-pressure environment, with expert Stanford scientists. There are no coursework prerequisites for participation, just a curiosity for science and a desire to learn how to understand scientific literature. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • SCHOOLS: Please submit a roster with names, year of birth, and contact information for all participating students, to Stanford University.
  • PARENTS: Parents/Guardians of participating students will be asked to sign an Assumption of Risk document to participate in on-campus activities, and an emergency contact sheet for reference in the case of an emergency.

Note: Students are not required to attend a participating school to be eligible to participate in the program. 

Participating Schools

Castilleja School 

Castilleja School is a private all-girl school located in Palo Alto, California. Castilleja fosters leadership in the classroom and in a variety of co-curricular offerings, including athletics, clubs, community action, student government, dramatic and musical performances, peer tutoring, teaching assistantships, and internships.

Are you a Castilleja student? Want to participate in our club? Join by contating:

Anjelika Grossman, Internship Program Manager

Sacred Heart Prepatory

Sacred Heart Prepatory is a part Sacred Heart Schools; founded by the Society of the Sacred Heart, SHS is a Catholic, independent, co-ed day school located in Atherton, California. The SHP curriculum emphasizes serious study and social responsibility, grounded in strong faith and taught in small, seminar-style classes. 

Are you a Sacred Heart student? Want to participate in our club? Join by contacting:

Chris LaBonte, Science Department Head

Menlo School 

Menlo School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory school for students in grades six through twelve, located in Atherton, CA. At the center of Menlo School is a deep commitment to the development and welfare of each individual student. The School offers extensive academic, athletic, arts and extracurricular activities.

Are you a Menlo School student? Want to participate in our club? Join by contacting:

Mr. James Formato, Upper School Science Department Chair

2020-2021 Meetings

*Tentative Schedule, Some Dates Subject to Change

*Until further notice, meetings are taking place via Zoom

All meetings will take place at 4:00PM at the Stanford Cancer Center, 875 Blake Wilbur Drive, Palo Alto. Parking is available at 800 Welch Road, Palo Alto. Students are expected to attend these meetings as an important part of their participation in the Club. 

  • September 22, 2020
  • October 27, 2020
  • November 10, 2020
  • December 8, 2020
  • January 12, 2021
  • February 9, 2021
  • March 9, 2021
  • April 13 or 21, 2021
  • May 11, 2021

The Harris Neuroscience Internship

The Harris Neuroscience Internship provides funding for 6-8 weeks each Summer to support a High School Student (Rising Grade 10-12) in completing scholarly activities in Neuroscience and Neurosurgery focused on topics related to 1) gender and/or 2) health care disparities in the neuroscience.

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