Penn Neuroscience Society



If you are curious about how the brain functions and how you can pursue a career in neuroscience, Penn Neuroscience Society, a student organization at the University of Pennsylvania, is the perfect place for you! Join us for discussions, lectures, and workshops given by some of the world’s most prominent neurologists and neurosurgeons from the University.

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SAC Fair Information:

September 1st, 12-4 PM on College Green

September 1st, 6-8 PM on Zoom (

Penn Neuroscience Society strives to provide a forum of discussion for today’s rapidly developing field of neuroscience. We seek to bring together undergraduate and graduate students who share an avid interest in learning about the human brain and nervous system, potential academic and clinical careers in the field of neuroscience, and neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

As a club, we also work towards providing a great sense of community among our members, making sure that our meetings produce a light, welcoming atmosphere while continuing to be academic. Our members are always willing to help each other when it comes to finding new opportunities and learning whatever it is that they desire about the brain. We want to share our love of neuroscience with both Penn’s campus and the greater Philadelphia community, and we invite you to join us in our mission!


Points of Contact

Alejandra Bahena
Co-President - Internal + External Events
Hiba Hamid
Co-President - Research Committee + Journal Committee
Jillian Wong
Co-President - Marketing + Treasury


Question: Hi! I am having trouble joining the Zoom session; however, I was wondering if you had a first GBM set up so far or if students interested in joining should keep an eye out on the listserv? Thank you so much! - Isabella Sobejano
The listserv will have links to all of our events and programs coming up, including coffee chats, mentor/mentee pairing, and research committee! Signing up for that will give you access to all the upcoming events. Our slides from the presentation will be posted soon as well!
- Hiba Hamid
Question: I am an online student. Will I be able to attend meetings virtually? - Courtney Mitchell

Hi! We hope to have a mix of both in-person and virtual events, however this depends on the University's guidelines in response to Covid. Either way, please feel free to attend our GBMs and other events virtually, as we will have that option regardless of having a hybrid or an in-person semester. Thank you!

- Hiba Hamid
Question: Hello! What's the best way to get involved in PNS? Are there applications, and if so, when do they open up? Thank you so much! - Anonymous

Hi! Penn Neuroscience Society does not require any applications to be a part of the club, but you can apply to individual committees such as Journal, Physican Shadowing, or Research Committee. Otherwise, you can attend as a general member and come to our GBMs as well! Let me know if you have any more questions about our club!

Feel free to check out our website tab "ways to get involved" and join our listserv to learn more about the committees and deadlines whenevere they become availiable!

- Alejandra Bahena
Question: Hey guys! What is the difference between BBB Society and Penn Neuroscience Society? I am interested in majoring in neuroscience, and was wondering how you support students on this track. Thanks! - Anonymous

Hi! The BBB society focuses on informing students of ongoing events and programs relating to the Biological Basis of Behavior and is not affiliated with PNS. Here is more information about BBB society:

Penn Neurosience Society (PNS) is a student club that hosts different events and initiatives for students from all backgrounds who are interested in neuroscience. Our main goal is to provide a community for students who are interested in the field of neuroscience by connecting them with other students with similar interests, which has been greately benefitial to students as they navigate their undergrad path and choosing between different majors. Our events include speaker events, GBMs, and initiatives from our journal, physician shadowing and research committees. Having these different events and committees allows PNS to show students the different ways that they can explore careers in neuroscience by listening from different guest speakers and participating in activities related to medicine, research and more. For more information about our events, feel free to check out our website tab "ways to get involved" our reach out to us if you have any more questions!

- Alejandra Bahena
Question: Will PNS be having the Physician shadowing committee this fall and if so are members able to apply to 2 committees (i.e applying to both physician shadowing and research committees) or are we only allowed to apply to 1? - Anonymous

Members are welcome to apply to more than one committee! As it stands now, Physician Shadowing will be run but will likely be a hybrid of in-person and virtual shadowing opportunities, with applications being unneccesary for virtual shadowing events.

- Jillian Wong
Question: Has the schedule for Research Committee been made on when meetings will be held or will that be decided after the team has been chosen? I really want to apply but I don't know if it will work with my schedule depending on when meetings are held. - Anonymous

You should definitely apply! RC's meeting times will be decided after we've selected the group & coordinated with everyone's availability.

- Ali Hamandi
Question: Are there going to be in-person events this fall semester? - Anonymous

We will be following the university's policies throughout the semester regarding in-person events for student organizations.

- Ronit Patel


Alejandra Bahena
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Hiba Hamid
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Aaron Anandarajah
Vice President of Research Committee
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Ali Hamandi
Vice President of Research Committee
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How to Get Involved

Penn Neuroscience Society is an extremely welcoming and warm-hearted group of individuals. New members can join and get involved beginning with our listserv, which you can join from this page! Additionally, you can join our GBMs which are approximately 4 per semester and are always very fun. PNS also has many committees which members can apply for, hosting many opportunities to get involved with neuroscience!

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