The Philadelphia Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience (PCSfN) is organizing a friendly competition for trainees. Submissions will be science sketches (more details below), which are a fun way to share complex questions and concepts with a general audience. Entries will be shown and judged on zoom during Brain Awareness Week: March 15-21 2021Cash prizes up to $500 will be awarded to winning entries.

If you are interested in participating, register here by February 10, 2021 (DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2021!) . To register, please provide a title and a short description of your sketch.

The final sketches are due on March 10, 2021.

For those of you who have just started on a project, you can still participate by outlining the main questions of your research and explaining what is known so far (from your lab and/or the literature). The subject matter for the sketches is open, as long as it broadly relates to Neuroscience or Psychology. Trainees can opt to have the final version of their sketches featured on the PCSfN website.

More details and tutorials on science sketches can be found here. The only tools needed are a phone or recording device, paper and a pen. This will likely requires a time commitment of 10-20 hours in total. This presentation can be added to your CV and you will be able to use the work to advertise and discuss your research. Team work is allowed and each submission can have up to 4 trainees collaborating (just be sure to include all authors in submission).

Here are a couple of examples on axon branching and another one on AI/ machine learning. Here is a story on science sketches as well.

This is open to all and meant to be fun. Please email Mathieu Wimmer with any questions.