Clinical Neuroscience Immersion Experience (CNI-X) at Stanford University
What is CNI-X?
The Clinical Neuroscience Immersion Experience (CNI-X) at Stanford University is an intensive summer program that generally follows a student’s sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school. Students attend a two-week (10-day) session which provides introductory exposure to fascinating topics in neuroscience, psychiatry and psychology plus an opportunity to complete a collaborative capstone project.
During each session, students from across California, the country, and the world are exposed to the breadth of research found in the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Through interactive seminars with Stanford faculty and researchers, students learn about principles of neuroscience, clinical neuropsychiatry, neuroscience research, psychiatric epidemiology, behavioral and social sciences, and more. CNI-X also covers topics important to young people, including professional and career opportunities in medicine and science, plus self-care strategies in the transition to adulthood.
In addition to participating in interactive lectures, students in each session will spend guided time working in small teams to develop innovative, novel solutions to social issues related to psychiatry, psychology, or neuroscience. These ideas and solutions will then be presented at a final capstone session in front of an audience of classmates, families, and the program’s faculty and staff.
CNI-X is a fast-paced, intense, challenging, creative, and bonding experience for students. Previous students have come from very diverse academic backgrounds, and have a wide range of career aspirations, including law, sociology, medicine, psychology, engineering, business, fine arts, and more.
"It was so informative and educational! I was surprised at how much we had access to...and how encouraging [the professors] were. It was my privilege to meet them and they treated me with so much respect and understanding."
Examples of past topics and activities
- Eating Disorders: Body Image
- Early Intervention Programs
- Mindfulness: Reducing Stress and Promoting Wellness for Youth
- Emotions and Building a Brain
- Behavioral Neuroscience
- Design Thinking for Clinical Innovation
- Why Sleep?
- Gender Differences in the Brain
- Sports Psychiatry
- Psychosocial Intervention for Early Psychosis
- Brain Stimulation
- Human Brain Models of Disease
- Intolerance of Uncertainty Across OCD and Related Disorders
- Forensic Psychiatry
- The Mind and Diet
- Zebra Fish Laboratory Tour
- Addictions in our World
- Treatment for Autism
- Genetics in Everyday Life and Mental Health
- Trauma, Mental Health and Human Rights
"I love the program a lot. I thought it was very informative and engaging. I learned a lot about neuroscience and the brain, and now I definitely want to pursue a career in this field.”
How do I apply?
We continue to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and will plan the summer 2021 Clinical Neuroscience Immersion Experience in compliance with the latest data from federal, state, and county public health authorities.
We remain hopeful that we will be able to offer an in-person CNI-X on Stanford’s campus in summer 2021. For now, however, we are planning three two-week synchronous virtual sessions, utilizing online tools for live lectures and interactions with our faculty.
2021 Session Dates
Session 1: June 14 - 25
Session 2: June 28 - July 9
Session 3: July 12 - July 23
all sessions are Monday-Friday
*All program activities will be conducted in English and participants should have high proficiency to fully engage in lectures and discussions.
Applications closed February 15 and all applicants will receive notification of their status by March 15.
Students will learn and talk about a wide range of topics, some fascinating, some exciting, and some quite serious. Applicants should be aware that sensitive topics in psychiatry may arise, including but not limited to suicide, psychosis, addiction, child abuse, sexual assault, violence, and mental disorders, and should not apply if this will be problematic for them.
“The capstone project helped us create an actual change in our community.”