Annual Events

Open House

The Open House is NSP's annual recruiting event, held each February. Top applicants are invited to visit the campus, meet members of the program and interview with faculty. This is our chance to showcase our program, meet future colleagues, and enjoy socializing with others in the program. Open House features a reception and poster session, a banquet, an after-dinner talk by a member of the Neuroscience Program faculty, and a student party following the banquet.

This year's Open House will be held on February 9-10, 2017.

Open House banquet is Friday evening at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center.

Open House Schedule

Brain Awareness Day

Since 2001, UIUC's Neuroscience community has been engaged in educating the community about brain function with a Brain Awareness Day each spring. Although primarily for children grades K-12, all ages are welcome to attend. The 18th Annual Brain Awareness Day will be held at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum in Champaign on April 7, 2018. Last year's event was a huge success! Nearly 470 children and adults visited 25 exhibits and demonstrations. Thanks to everyone in the Neuroscience community who participated and made this event possible.

The day's main attractions are the interactive exhibits that are fun and.educational for the whole family. Some exciting past exhibits have included "Action Potential!" (Hernandez Lab), "Real Brains!" (Sara Royston, Daniel Dougias and Joey Operskalski) "The Holodeck Project" (John Capozzo and Kevin Horecka) and "Pay Attention!" (Eubig lab undergraduates).

For further information: Elli Sellinger, Zoe MacDowell Kaswan Megan Mahoney, Stephanie Pregent or Sam Beshers,

For information on the worldwide Brain Awareness Week, see

SfN Night at NSP

"SfN at NSP" has become an annual event, featuring a dinner reception, an "SfN Pre-poster" session, and a chance to hear and honor our own faculty and special guests. The "pre-poster" session is a chance for those planning to attend the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting to show early versions of their posters and receive valuable comments and feedback before preparing the final versions.

Posters begin at 4:00, and a buffet dinner will be served in the Cafe area at 6:00. All are welcome. RSVPs will be requested as the time draws near.

SfN Night this year will on November 1, 2016.

SfN Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience is the main event of the year for many neuroscientists. It provides a forum for learning and professional development as over 31,000 attendees from around the world gather to present and share ideas. It is a quiet time for the program here, but a very active time at the meeting itself, with many members of the program attending.

The 2016 meeting is in San Diego, CA from November 12-16.

Future Annual Meetings:
     2017     Washington, DC    Nov. 11-15
                    The next Illinois reception will be on November 12, 2017 in DC -- save the date!!
     2018     San Diego, CA       Nov. 3-7
     2019     Chicago, IL            Oct. 19-23
     2020     Washington, DC    Oct. 24-28
     2021     Chicago, IL            Oct. 13-17

Holiday Party

In early December, we have a late afternoon reception featuring light snacks and beverages, music, and plenty of holiday spirit. A good time to take a break and catch up.

This year's Holiday Party will be held in early December, with the date and location tba.