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Committee on Neuroscience Departments and Programs

The Committee on Neuroscience Departments and Programs (CNDP) enhances the value SfN provides to individual and institutional members (neuroscience departments and programs) through programs, activities, and initiatives that advance higher education and training in neuroscience.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Oversee the implementation of SfN’s Higher Education and Training Strategy and make recommendations for updates to the strategy.
  • Monitor trends in neuroscience education and training, as well as potential funding and collaboration opportunities.
  • Provide resources and programs to support members engaged in higher education and training, including an annual conference for program directors and faculty, an exhibit booth and reception for neuroscience departments and programs at the SfN annual meeting, a graduate school fair, and a biennial survey and report on trends in neuroscience education.
  • Actively promote Institutional Program (IP) membership, and review and approve requests for new IP membership.
  • Facilitate communication and sharing of information among IP members.
  • Support travel awards for undergraduate students to attend the SfN annual meeting.
  • Engage neuroscience departments and programs in SfN advocacy efforts, including the annual Capitol Hill Day.
  • Serve on the selection committee for the Award for Education in Neuroscience and present the award at the annual meeting.

The Committee on Neuroscience Departments and Program is part of the Professional Development and Training Committee Cluster, which also includes the Professional Development Committee.

Committee Charter


  • To enhance the value SfN provides to its individual and institutional members (neuroscience departments and programs) through programs, activities, and initiatives that advance education and research training in academic neuroscience by providing opportunities for professional development, networking, outreach, and information sharing targeting educators and learners in higher education.


  • Advise

    • Serve as a source of information to Council on higher education issues and members’ needs related to the training and education of future neuroscientists. 
    • Recommend to Council initiatives designed to encourage and support the achievement of SfN’s strategic goals in the domain of higher education and training.
    • Recommend policies on Institutional Program (IP) membership initiatives, benefits, categories and fees.


    • Monitor trends in neuroscience education/training and potential funding and collaboration opportunities to further SfN goals in this area.

    Manage Activities

    • Oversee recruitment of new and lapsed Institutional Program Members.
    • Review and approve all initial requests for new IP membership (this may be done by the full committee or its chair), and refer any denials to Council for further review.
    • Plan and oversee annual spring meeting of neuroscience depts. and programs, including program of speakers and panels addressing various aspects of neuroscience education and research.
    • Manage biennial survey of neuroscience education and training that provides key information on current trends in trainees, faculty and programs.
    • Develop and manage approved workshops and other activities related to neuroscience education and training during and outside the SfN annual meeting.
    • Promote the presence and importance of the community of higher education in neuroscience at the annual meeting and ongoing committee activities throughout the year.
    • Review nominations and select awardees for undergraduate student travel awards to the annual meeting.
    • Review nominations and select awardee(s) for the Neuroscience Program-of-the-Year Award on an annual basis.

    Coordinate and Communicate

    • Facilitate communications, outreach, and feedback to SfN from the training and higher education community.
    • Collaborate and coordinate activities with the committees in the Membership and Professional Development Cluster. The CNDP chair will serve as the committee's representative on the Cluster's steering committee.
    • Encourage and facilitate involvement of neuroscience depts. and programs in SfN’s advocacy efforts including annual Hill Day and other outreach activities that inform policymakers about neuroscience research and workforce needs and provide opportunities to promote issues related to support for neuroscience research and training.
    • Maintain communication, coordination, and collaboration with the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) and other relevant partner organizations.
    • Facilitate outreach to and information-sharing with SfN’s growing international membership and neuroscience departments and programs outside North America.


  • The committee consists of a chair and standard committee members who serve a three-year term. The incoming chair serves as an ex officio member of the committee. Membership on the committee is limited to designated representatives of SfN Institutional Program Members. Committee members include a liaison from FUN, the president or designated representative of the Association of Medical School Neuroscience Department Chairpersons (AMSNDC), and from SfN’s Professional Development Committee each of whom must also be an Institutional Program Member representative. Committee members and the chair are recommended by the Committee on Committees, with input from the CNDP, and approved by the SfN Council.


  • The committee meets at least two times per year, at a spring meeting prior to the spring Council meeting and at the annual meeting. Additional correspondence is conducted by e-mail and conference call, as needed, throughout the calendar year to address issues that arise between meetings of the full committee.

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Committee on Neuroscience Departments & Programs

ChairpersonTerm Ends
Hermes H Yeh, PhD
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Incoming Chairperson 
Elisabeth J Van Bockstaele, PhD
Graduate Sch of Biomed Sciences & Professional Stu
Donald S Faber, PhD
Albert Einstein Coll Med
Janet M Finlay, PhD
Western Washington University
Michael S Levine, PhD
Anna K. Majewska, PhD
Univ Rochester Med Ctr
Teresa Morales, PhD
Intitute for Neurobiology UNAM
Caurnel Morgan, PhD
Texas A&M University
Ian A Paul, PhD
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Jennifer L Raymond, PhD
Stanford University School of Medicine
Lorna W Role, PhD
Stony Brook University
Shelley J Russek, PhD
Boston Univ Sch Medicine
Laura L Symonds, PhD
Michigan State Univ
Gary L Dunbar, PhD
Central Michigan Univ
S Murray Sherman, PhD
Univ Chicago