The Mass General Youth Neurology Education and Research Program engages youth from communities underrepresented in neurology. We particularly focus on providing educational and research opportunities to female, Black, Latinx, American Indian, and low-income youth across Massachusetts.
We aim to inspire by offering exposure to leading neurologists and neuroscientists from diverse backgrounds, equip through paid opportunities to engage in mentored educational and research activities, and empower with structured support to translate contributions into publications, presentations, and awards that facilitate the academic advancement of participating youth.
2021 Virtual Programming
Interactive career chats with leading neurologists and neuroscientists across a diversity of backgrounds. These are free-of-cost and open to high school and undergraduate students as well as educators.
2021 Career Chat ScheduleAll sessions are 11:00 am – 12:00 noon Eastern Time.
July 12: Sabrina Paganoni, MD, PhD
July 18: Lidia Moura, MD, MPH
July 26: Patricia Musolino, MD, PhD
August 2: David Perez, MD, MSc
August 9: Joshua Budhu, MD
2021 Paid Summer Internships
Applications for the 2021 program are now closed, but you can still sign up for the free interactive chats we will be hosting this summer with Mass General Neurology professionals!
- Undergraduate Internship: Monday, June 21 – Friday, August 13.
- High School Internship: Tuesday, July 6 – Friday, August 13.
We are immensely grateful to the Biogen Foundation for their support of our vision to develop a diverse group of future neurologist and neuroscientists and their philanthropic contributions.
Recent News About Our Mentors & Partners
- Nicte Mejia, MD, MPH, FAAN, awarded the Audrey S. Penn Lectureship Award by the American Neurological Association
The award is granted for ANA members who conduct outstanding research, program-building, or educational scholarship to promote health equity on health care disparities.
- Altaf Saadi, MD, MSc Wins 2021 Sylvia Ferrell-Jones Award from YW and 2021 "40 Under 40" award from NMQF
Dr. Saadi was honored by YW Boston for her commitment to antiracism and her work in the MGH Asylum Clinic and with the Physicians for Human Rights Asylum Network, among other accomplishments. Separately, she was also honored by the National Minority Quality Forum as one of 40 key minority health leaders under the age of 40.
- Alazar Ayele shares his journey to STEM and the Biogen Community Lab
Program partner Alazar Ayele, manager of the Biogen Community Lab, shares his journey to a STEM career.
- Lidia Moura, MD Honored as a Claflin Distinguished Scholar
The Claflin Distinguished Scholar award from the Executive Committee on Research was established to advance the academic careers of women in science at MGH.
- Altaf Saadi, MD, MSc Wins STAT Wunderkind Award
Dr. Saadi has been named a 2020 STAT Wunderkind for her work helping refugees and immigrants by diagnosing and treating trauma, exposing detainee mistreatment, and making sure that clinics are welcoming to all.
- Ghazaleh Sadri-Vakili, PhD Wins SFN Louise Hanson Marshall Special Recognition Award
Dr. Sadri-Vakili was given the prestigious award for her work promoting the professional development of women in neuroscience.
- Black Journey to Neurology: INSPIRE Series Presentation by Dr. Andrea Harriott
In celebration of #BlackInNeuroWeek, Andrea Harriott, MD, PhD, shared her personal and professional journey as a neuroscientist
- Alazar Ayele Awarded Inaugural Immigrant Leadership Award
Program partner and presenter Alazar Ayele, from Biogen's Cambridge Community Lab, was recognized for his outreach and education work