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The Synapse Project encourages young women to enter the field of neuroscience through information and mentorship. This website is designed to aid students in learning about the brain and current neuroscience research. In addition, this project connects young women to distinguished leaders in the neuroscience community (our Advisory Board) who can provide advice, networking, and unique opportunities for internships and jobs.

Megumi Sano, age 17, Director of The Synapse Project

Megumi is an aspiring neuroscientist in her senior year at Southbank International School in London. Her passion for neuroscience stems from two experiences: her first encounter with a slice of a mouse brain during a lab internship, and a lecture by Professor Steven Pinker on the marvellous journey from neurons to consciousness. Megumi has worked as a voluntary researcher in PhD research for autism at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development and volunteered at the annual meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language. She was the England National Champion in the 2016 Brain Bee and participated in the International Brain Bee, a neuroscience competition for high school students. She hopes to expand the England Brain Bee this year as national coordinator. As Director of the Synapse Project, Megumi aims to not only inspire students to enter the field of neuroscience but also to become inspired by their vibrant aspirations.


Evan Doherty, age 18, 2015-16 Director of The Synapse Project

Evan is interested in the connection between nutrition and neuroscience and hopes to learn more about how food affects the brain.  She served as the 2015-16 Director of the project and now continues to work with Megumi, Grace and Jamie on Synapse outreach.  


Grace Greenwald, age 19, Founder of The Synapse Project

My hope is that The Synapse Project will encourage and empower more young women to pursue a career in neuroscience. Just as a “synapse” is the junction between two nerve cells, I created this website to serve as a junction between esteemed neuroscience leaders and young women who aspire to join the exciting community of researchers, doctors, and policy advisors who are passionate about the brain.

Grace 2014


Jamie Cavanaugh, age 31, Project Manager of The Synapse Project

During my time as coordinator of The Synapse Project, I have gotten to see first-hand how a few young women can make a huge impact in the field of neuroscience. I only wish there was such an amazing program when I was in high school and college, providing invaluable resources and helping to navigate the broad field!

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