Originally founded at the 2016 USA National Brain Bee, the International Youth Neuroscience Association is led by a group of dedicated, passionate high school and undergraduate volunteers. Meet the individuals who are working hard to inspire and enable the next generation of neuroscientists.
The IYNA Executive Leadership team, headed by the CEO, is responsible for managing committee activities within the IYNA and ensuring that all of our day-to-day activities serve our long-term goals. IYNA executives work closely with the Board of Directors to develop and implement long-term plans to make the IYNA as impactful as possible to its members and supporters.
The IYNA was founded to promote neuroscience in the context of individual communities, and the mission of our recruitment team is to do just that. Our fast-paced Chapter Development team is organizing the IYNA’s national chapters and creating a wide range of materials to help local-level chapters succeed in all that they do.
Keeping our organization running is a challenge, requiring not only the dedication of our volunteer staff, but also financial resources. Our fundraising team is working to secure grants and donations to help support our existing programs and make new ones. The ultimate goal of the fundraising committee is to help the IYNA find the resources it needs to do more for students.
Currently, very few students have the chance to study neuroscience before entering universities. The IYNA seeks to change this through its Modern Youth Education, Leadership, and Inquiry in Neuroscience (MYELIN) initiative by developing a high-quality, free-to-access neuroscience curriculum. We hope to develop a set of materials that teachers around the world will be able to bring into the classroom to introduce students to the exciting field of neuroscience.
Pursuing neuroscience in high school can be confusing, but the IYNA’s mentorship program was developed to make this process easier. Members of the IYNA will be paired with undergraduate, graduate, and professional mentors, who will help them develop their own educational and career goals in neuroscience.
The IYNA Journal provides a forum for scientifically-inclined students to write and publish neuroscience-related articles. Our team of editors provides individualized feedback to each writer, allowing them to develop both their research and scientific communication skills. All editions of the IYNA Journal are published for free online, giving both our members and the general public an engaging way to learn more about neuroscience
We want to present more opportunities for youth in neuroscience to have fun and explore the field in engaging ways, and the Events Department is just for that! The Events Department will drive the creation and execution of events run by the IYNA which will be both external and internal and run by small groups of individuals within the department.
The Resources Department connects IYNA members with opportunities in neuroscience.
The public relations team works to share exciting content with our members and people interested in neuroscience!
As more students are getting involved in Brain Bee competitions around the world, it is important that all students have access to updated practice questions. The IYNA is partnering with the International Brain Bee to create a set of practice questions that test content found in the Brain Bee competitions. We hope to develop hundreds of questions that students and coordinators around the world are able to access for free.
The international committee is a group of consultants for the IYNA that provide advice on how the IYNA can internationalize our programs.
The Human Resources department will consist of approximately 3 impartial individuals to oversee recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of new staff for the IYNA, serve as a link between the organization's management and its staff, and address conflicts that arise. *Please note that HR department members will not be allowed to hold any other IYNA positions.*
The Web Development department is responsible for all aspects of the IYNA Website Network: design, development, deployment, maintenance, and security of the IYNA website, the International Brain Bee website, and the NeuroAuth website. We are like a small tech startup within the IYNA, working with all IYNA departments to give a platform for their programs. Joining our team is a great opportunity for high-school or undergraduate students to develop valuable real-life experience with modern technologies and processes, giving you a headstart in the software development job market.
The IYNA is governed by a board of directors composed of high school and undergraduate students. The board of directors is responsible for oversight and guidance of the IYNA's operations.
Made up of prominent neuroscientists and professionals, the IYNA Advisory Board provides guidance to the IYNA Board of Directors, CEO, and Executive Team.