AU Brain Camp: July 21-26, 2019
Rising 11th – 12th Grade

Not many people have seen their own brain, much less studied their brain. However, high school students will have the opportunity of a lifetime this summer when the Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts hosts their annual Auburn University Brain Camp.

Brain Camp is a fun, interactive camp for young leaders who are rising juniors and seniors in high school, or about to enter their freshman year of college to get hands-on experience using advanced technology and to learn from distinguished professors in the field of neuroscience. Students will be led by two faculty members in the Department of Psychology—Jeff Katz, Ph.D. (Alumni Professor), and Jennifer Robinson, Ph.D., (Associate Professor), and a former high school psychology teacher, Ms. Kathy Dodgen.

Students will practice different techniques used by neuroscientists, such as Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), which shows the brain’s neural tracks and assists in constructing 3-D replicas of the brain. The most memorable experience will be an introduction to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The Department of Psychology partners with the Auburn University MRI Research Center (AUMRIRC) to give each student* the chance to have their brain scanned. Students who participate in the scanning will have a chance to map their own brain!

Pending funding decisions, scholarships may be available to offset the costs of the camp.

*= Campers and their parents will have to complete an MRI safety screening form in order to participate in the brain scanning. Students who have braces or permanent retainers will not be eligible to have their own brain scanned.

Camp participants will experience campus-life while residing in Auburn's resident dormitories, eating at campus dining facilities, and enjoying evening social and recreational activities. Campers will have 24/7 counselor supervision.


Campers will reside in the Hill Dormitories or the Quad dorms. They are designed in suites consisting of two double-occupancy rooms connected by a bathroom.


Campers will have various meal options for breakfast and lunch in The Student Center. Dinner is held in The Terrell Dining facility, where campers will have unlimited options of a buffet-style meal.


The instructional activities and hands-on experiences for this camp will be held at the Auburn University MRI Research Center (AUMRIRC).

Jennifer Robinson
Jennifer Robinson
Associate Professor of Psychology

Jen Robinson received her B.A. in Psychology and Biochemistry, as well as her M.A. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Case Western Reserve University, under the guidance of Heath Demaree, Ph.D. She completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatric neuroimaging at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio under the mentorship of David Glahn, Ph.D. Following her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Robinson joined Scott & White Healthcare and Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine where she established and directed the functional neuroimaging program. Dr. Robinson joined Auburn University in August of 2012 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. Her research primarily involves using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and high field MRI to investigate the interplay of emotions and cognition, and how stress hormones may contribute to these mechanisms.

Jeff Katz
Dr. Jeff Katz
Alumni Professor of Psychology

Dr. Katz's research focuses on the comparative mechanism of learning and cognition. Ongoing projects involve behavioral and functional neuroimaging (fMRI) methods to investigate change detection, visual search, same/different concept learning, and the mechanisms by which pigeons learn matching to sample. He has been honored with the APA's Division 3 (Experimental Psychology) 2001 Young Investigator Award, Outstanding Professor - Auburn University Panhellenic Council (2003), Psi Chi Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching - Department of Psychology Auburn University (2002), College of Liberal Arts Early Career Teaching Award, Auburn University (2004-2005), Who's Who Among America's Teachers (2002, 2004, 2005), and an Auburn University Alumni Professorship (2006-2011). He has a history of teaching and research grants from the NSF and NIMH.

Applications will open on December 1, 2018 and close on March 4, 2019. Notifications will be sent no earlier than March 18, 2019.

For your application you will need:

  • Copy of your most recent transcript or report card (un-official copies allowed)
  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or principal
  • Four (4) brief essays (all 150 words or less - written in one document)
  1. Briefly describe your plans for college and beyond.
  2. Why would you like to be admitted to this program?
  3. What interested you about the brain?
  4. How did you hear about this program?

PLEASE NOTE: The only documents that need to be uploaded as a PDF are transcripts and letters of recommendation.

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Camp Fees are $600 and include the following items:
  • On campus housing
  • All meals, snacks and drinks while at camp
  • Program instruction, materials and equipment
  • Transportation to and from off-campus field-trip sites
  • Recreational activities


If a registration is canceled for any reason, the individual or organization making the original CAMP FEE payment will receive:

  1. A full refund, with a $25 administrative fee deduction, if the cancellation request is received at least 4 weeks prior to the start date of the program;
  2. A refund of 50%, if the cancellation request is received less than 4 weeks prior but at least 2 weeks prior to the program start date;
  3. No refund for a "No Show" or for a cancellation request received less than 2 weeks prior to the start date of the program.

Note: A registration may be transferred to another person at any time for a $25 transfer fee.

Last Updated: November 30, 2018