Vision for the Bluegrass Society for Neuroscience (BGSFN) mission
Our grass-roots scientific community welcomes local (Fayette and surrounding counties) members of all ages and education levels, and asks only that members uphold the three tenets of our society.
1) Community outreach regarding Neuroscience research and brain health. We spend many hours volunteering at K-12 schools for the Society for Neuroscience’s Brain Awareness Week, judging posters at local, county and state-level science fairs, and engaging at other science-related community events.
2) Education enrichment of K-12, undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students. In addition to participating as judges in local and regional science fairs, we sponsor research poster competitions at the high school, undergraduate and graduate level, and also occasionally teach about Neuroscience in the community.
3) Network facilitation between and among local and national Neuroscience peers. We host world-renowned Neuroscientists at our annual BGSFN research day. Graduate student and postdoctoral members of the BGSFN can also compete for travel funds to the annual National Society for Neuroscience meeting.
We promote engagement through a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. For example, we hold a BGSFN design competition, and winners get their art emblazoned on our popular BGSFN T-shirts for the coming year. Those award-winning T-shirts are sold ($15 each or $25 for two) at our Fall BGSFN picnic, where our treasurer traditionally cooks brats, hot dogs, and veggie burgers.
Our goals are to frame the general objectives of the National Society for Neuroscience by fostering interactions between the professional Neuroscience community at local/ regional universities and the public, and by opening avenues of research on campus.
Our work is entirely funded through membership fees, the generous gifts of our sponsors, T-shirt sales, and institutional infrastructure support.
We hope to see you at our next BGSFN research day or picnic.