Winners of NEURON 2020

Congratulations to Richard Zhu (High School) and Boluwatfe Adewale (Undergraduate) for winning NEURON 2020!

NEURON is currently closed for submissions. Thank you to everyone who participated!


The International Youth Neuroscience Association (IYNA) is excited to host a neuroscience themed research proposal competition, NEURON (Neuroscience Exploration Under Review Of Neuroscientists).

NEURON aims to provide more avenues for students to pursue neuroscience. In this contest, students will need to work individually to submit a research proposal that outlines a series or series of experiments designed to answer the question at hand that falls under the topic of nervous system disorders. Their proposal should reflect research on the topic and should be realistic; they should also explain how the data they get from said experiment(s) will answer the question they are tackling.

One winner from each category--high school and undergraduate--will be selected from the finalists. The winner will be awarded a membership to the New York Academy of Sciences. Winners under 18 will be granted a 1-year complimentary student (young) membership and those over 18 would receive a 1-year regular membership. You can find more information at their website here

The deadline for NEURON has been extended. All proposals must be submitted by December 1st 11:30 p.m. EST. Please review all eligibility and submission requirements below.

Contact about eligibility, the submission process, or any other questions and concerns.

If you previously submitted to NEURON before November 1st, you can make changes to your submission before December 1st. Please fill out the google form under the button "submit your paper here," with the file to your new proposal and indicate that it is a resubmission. Your second submission will be scored, but not your first.


Any high school or undergraduate student (and international equivalents) from all countries and regions are eligible to participate. Authors do need to be IYNA members to submit their research proposal. They can sign up for free at

Research Proposal Topic & Requirements

Proposal submissions should explore a focused problem related to clinical neuroscience. We encourage submissions to take creative approaches and for you to review sample proposals as you put together your contest submission.

See our paper requirements and format below.

Submission Guidelines

Research proposals should be written by a single author in english and must be between 1000 and 1750 words (excluding references). Cited sources should be reliable; we encourage you to use journal articles as Wikipedia and similar sources will not be accepted. Research proposals can be submitted through our website in a PDF file before the deadline December 1st 11:30 EST.

Selection Process

Proposals are graded on a rubric (see below) and undergo a blind review by two or more judges that are experts in the neuroscience field. Judges will provide feedback for these proposals. High scoring submissions then are selected for another review and the final winner is chosen by a panel of judges. Notification of the contest winner and finalists will be emailed to all participating authors and announced on the IYNA website in late January

Useful Documents


Thank you to...

The New York Academy of Sciences and AutoMate Scientific for supporting NEURON