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The BRI aims to extend scientific knowledge into the community and inspire elementary and secondary school students to explore a career in neuroscience. These students often represent traditionally underserved educational populations.
The institute has increasingly active programs for local schools where UCLA students present at the schools or host K-12 students at BRI facilities. These programs include Project Brainstorm, Interaxon Science Outreach, and Brain Awareness Week. Through its Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (BRI-SURE) and NeuroCamp programs, the BRI also places undergraduate and high school students in BRI member laboratories for hands-on research experience. In addition, the BRI supports community-based neuroscience competitions, seminars and symposia and facilitates underrepresented and minority educational opportunities. In this capacity, the BRI is co-sponsor of the High School Addiction Outreach Program, presenting accurate, knowledgeable, and age-appropriate lectures on specific legal and illegal drugs of abuse to high school students, and the Los Angeles/Irvine chapter of the International Brain Bee, an annual competition rewarding high school students with advanced knowledge of neuroscience.