Community Outreach

Community Engagement

Brain Awareness Fair 2019Two NSBH students teach children and parents about the structure of a neuron by creating "candy neurons" at the Brain Awareness Fair 2019.

The Neuroscience & Behavior major offers numerous ways for students to become more involved in the South Bend community and to work with community partners in the area. NSBH students work with local and national partners engaging in social justice through direct application of classroom skills in community-based research and community engagement. 

Courses such as Developmental Neuroscience, Brain Health Community-Engaged Research, Chemistry in Service of Community, and Summer Service Learning Program: Plasticity and Compassion all focus on the community-based learning model. Many undergraduate research opportunities allow for students to work closely with members from the community. Other NSBH-sponsored events, such as the annual Brain Awareness Fair, also provide opportunities for students to apply their education to serving the community.

Brain Bee

The Brain Bee Team's goal is to explore the wonders of neuroscience!  We will hold workshops bi-monthly with topics ranging from drugs and the brain to learning and memory. At every gathering, we will have an interactive experiment and then go deeper in to the topic.  In April, we will hold a Neuroscience competition to showcase what we have learned throughout the year.

All 8th-12th grade students interested are welcome to join! Participation is FREE!! Students interested should complete the registration form on the "Join Here!" page.  See our website for a schedule of learning opportuntiies at  the Robinson Community Learning Center.

Student Clubs

Neuroscience Club

The ND Neuroscience Club is a student-run organization that is involved in everything related to the brain and brain-health – from engaging in service activities at Milton Day Services to hosting brain dissection demonstrations for the student body. The club aims to spread awareness, education, and pure interest in the brain to both the Notre Dame and South Bend community.

  • Co-Presidents: Joseph DePorre and Zane Douglass

Active Minds

Active Minds at ND is a student-run group focused on mental health advocacy for students, by students. The club holds biweekly meetings to discuss topical issues in the field and plan events to establish mental well-being as an important and visible topic on campus. The core of its mission is to increase authentic conversation about mental health and promote campus-wide compassionate understanding. To meet this initiative, the club tackles issues like national suicide awareness, disorder diversity, mental health in pop culture, and through its week-long event in the fall during mental illness awareness week, Irish State of MiND. To find further information, visit its website:

  • President: Annah Marie Behn
  • Co-Vice-Presidents: Maya Mehigan & Jane Stallman