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. 

2020 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.

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Paid summer internships for high school and undergraduate students to conduct mentored research while learning about neurology and neuroscience, acquiring leadership skills, and developing a supportive professional network.

Undergraduate internships: Full-time from July 6 to August 21 

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High school internships: Part-time from July 20 to August 21

Download high school application

Meet the Team


Dr. Mejia

Nicte Itzel Mejia, MD, MPH, FAAN is Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Director of MGH Neurology Community Health, Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Mejia’s clinical interests and expertise focus on improving access to healthcare while advancing equity. She has created mechanisms for trainees to engage in these efforts, including the MGH Neurology Community Health Diversity and Inclusion Internship for undergraduate and graduate students, the Mass General Brigham Neurology Residency Program Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion for neurology residents, and the MGH Neurology Youth Stroke Education Series for high school students.

Madison Ellin headshot

Program Coordinator: Madison Ellin, MS, a first generation student, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She went on to attend the Johns Hopkins University Health Science Intensive Program and graduated with a Master of Science degree in Biotechnology. As an aspiring physician, she has developed an immense interest in addressing health inequities and is currently a Master of Public Health degree candidate at Loyola University Chicago with a concentration in Global Health Equity.

Advisory Committee

The Mass General Youth Neurology Education and Research Program is humbled to have expert guidance from a diverse group of advisors who are leaders in youth programs, diversity and inclusion, and neurology research at Biogen Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital.


We are thankful to all our mentors for their continued inspiration and support as we strive to inspire, equip, and empower youth participating in the Mass General Youth Neurology Education and Research Program. The mentors from Mass General are:

Special Thanks 

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.