You can find our answers to all the questions asked during the recent Q&A session below.

Here are few things I would suggest:

  1. IYNA Participation: Personally, I learned quite a bit just by participating in the activities of the IYNA; volunteering to write journal articles has really helped me gain a clearer understanding of many topics. We offer multiple opportunities for activity such as the aforementioned journal, positions with Outreach, a spot on the MYELIN team, or applying for our brand new mentorship program. Information on all these can be found on our website, but if you have trouble finding a link, let us know via info@youthneuro.org.
  2. Brain Bee: The IYNA was actually founded at the 2016 USA Brain Bee National Finals, and many of our cofounders would agree that competing in the competition has been one of the highlights of our high school careers so far. One resource that is often used in the competition is "Brain Facts," (accessible here: http://www.brainfacts.org/book). To find information specific to your region or country, just do a web search and you should be able to find out how to get involved.
  3. Reading: Resources like this one (http://nba.uth.tmc.edu/neuroscience/m/index.htm) offer valuable information in an accessible format. The IYNA Journal can also be a good source of information, depending on the topic you’re interested in.

- Jacob Umans, IYNA Board Chair

How can I contribute? I haven't heard anything from the IYNA, but would love to help, especially now that I have enormous free time.

It’s great to hear that you want to contribute! We currently have plenty of opportunities for involvement. Our current projects are the MYELIN Initiative, the IYNA Journal, our Outreach team, and our new Mentorship program.

Our MYELIN team is now in the process of finalizing the learning objectives for the course. We will then begin producing materials, such as lecture slides, test banks, etc. If you’re interested, you can sign up at https://youthneuro.org/participate/opportunities/index.php?m=careers&p=showJob&ID=4.

Our Journal is currently looking for both editors and assembly team members, and our Outreach department has openings across the board. You can find more information on open positions at https://youthneuro.org/participate/opportunities/.

Our mentorship program is a new project that hopes to make the process of high school and the transition to college much less confusing. High school mentees will be paired with mentors, who will meet and communicate with the mentees to provide advice and answer questions. If you’re interested in being a mentor, you can apply at https://youthneuro.org/mentor.php. More information on how to become a mentee will be out soon.

- Alexander Skvortsov, IYNA CEO

We’re still working out the details, but here’s a rundown of the general plan:

  1. Interested mentors will express their interest in becoming a mentor at https://youthneuro.org/mentor.php.
  2. Mentors will then be approved by the IYNA, and provide information about themselves on this form
  3. Interested mentees can then contact mentors they would be interested in working with, and mentors will then select mentees who they feel that they will be able to work well with.
  4. Mentors and mentees will then communicate through messaging, video meetings, and emails; it will be up to the individuals to determine what would work best. Advice provided can range from college questions to social issues. Different mentors have different personalities, so be sure to find someone who you feel that you will be comfortable working with.

- Alexander Skvortsov, IYNA CEO

We are currently in the process of finishing up the learning objectives for MYELIN. If you are interested in joining the team and have not yet filled out the form, please be sure to sign up at https://youthneuro.org/participate/opportunities/index.php?m=careers&p=showJob&ID=4, even if you expressed interest before the form was set up. We will be sending information on what to do to everyone who signed up within the week.

- Jacob Umans, IYNA Board Chair

We currently have a variety of open positions. If you’re interested in an Outreach/Journal position, you can apply at http://www.youthneuro.org/positions.php. If you are interested in MYELIN or our mentorship program, you can find forms at https://youthneuro.org/participate/opportunities/index.php?m=careers&p=showJob&ID=4 and https://youthneuro.org/mentor.php, respectively.

If you’re interested in joining our advisory board, send an email to admin@youthneuro.org with a copy of your resume and a brief explanation of why you want to work with us in an advisory position, and we will get back to you with more information.

- Alexander Skvortsov, IYNA CEO

The mission of MYELIN is to develop a set of curriculum and materials for neuroscience education in high schools. Contributors will work on all aspects of MYELIN from creation to formatting.

We've started so far with structured learning objectives. These will make up the curriculum and infrastructure of the course. After we finalize the learning objectives, we will begin work on course materials, such as lecture slides, labs, tests, etc. The final stage will be editing and formatting, in which the course will be reviewed, edied, and accredited by neuroscience professionals, and then released to the public.

We are currently looking for individuals to help with all of these stages. If you're interested in creating the materials/curriculum, you can sign up at https://youthneuro.org/participate/opportunities/index.php?m=careers&p=showJob&ID=4. If you are a neuroscientist or teacher and would be interested in editing, testing, and revising the course, please emal us at admin@youthneuro.org.

- Alexander Skvortsov, IYNA CEO

The IYNA Journal functions more like a magazine than a peer-reviewed academic journal. If the paper in question is original research, we would highly recommend attempting to get it published in an academic journal and then checking up with your publisher’s exclusivity policy, as some publishers may not accept papers that have been previously published elsewhere.

If your agreement is non-exclusive, we’d be happy to share your paper with our readers. You can submit it just like any other article: just send a copy to us via email through submit@youthneuro.org. If it is less formal research (i.e. web searches rather than original laboratory work) you’re free to send it to us through submit@youthneuro.org.

- Alexander Skvortsov, IYNA CEO

I have applied for positions at IYNA. when I will get a response regarding them?

I do apologize for the delay: we’ll be sure to review all pending applications and get in touch within the next week.

- Alexander Skvortsov, IYNA CEO

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