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 can choose from either a one-week session which provides introductory exposure to fascinating topics in psychiatry and psychology, or a more advanced two-week session to explore these concepts more deeply.
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 the two-week 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 are excited to offer two sessions in 2020:
July 6-10, 2020
for an introductory exploration of neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry topics
July 13-24, 2020
for a more in-depth experience of these areas plus a capstone project
Admission will be offered on a rolling basis until the program fills. Financial aid is available for participants with demonstrated need.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
helpful information to know before you apply
“The capstone project helped us create an actual change in our community.”