University of Southern California

USC Neuroscience

USC Interaxon: Our Mission

Interaxon Flyer

Interaxon is a dynamic club at USC which visits underserved elementary, middle, and secondary schools to teach students about neuroscience in particular and science in general. Through interactive presentations and activities, we hope to share our enthusiasm for the brain by offering a unique exposure to the field and higher education in the sciences. Our organization also serves as a Neuroscience presence on the USC campus. We organize events such as USC Brain Awareness Week to raise awareness about the field of neuroscience, and our Annual Neurocamp, during which we bring high school students to the USC campus and give them the unique opportunity to learn more about science-related careers and engage in hands-on science labs on a college campus.

How To Join:

If USC Interaxon sounds like something you would love to be a part of, we would love to have you! Just three easy steps to join:

  1. Email us at usc.interaxon@gmail.com to be added to our mailing list with the subject "New Member"
  2. Fill out the 2013-2014 membership form at the link here
  3. Come to one of our meetings to pay membership dues; we do request $20 in dues that comes with a free T-shirt (see below) to help cover the costs of school visits. If you would like to join, but have problems with paying the dues, come talk to us and we will work something out.

FAQ's:

"What are the membership requirements?"

We strive to make Interaxon an organization that is uniquely flexible in its demands on time so that students may volunteer as often as their schedules may allow. From one visit to many, contributions in any form from members are welcomed. But as with any organization, we value and reward commitment. We ask that to remain active, members participate in at least one event per year and attend its accompanying meetings. We meet every Tuesday at 7:00 pm in VKC152.

"I'm not a neuroscience/science major. Can I still join?"

Of course! We are predominantly science majors who share a passion for learning about the brain, but we welcome all majors and interests. The material we teach is easy to master, and you will be armed with lesson plans and have rehearsals with experienced members. Enthusiasm is the only requirement!

"I want be more involved in Interaxon. How do I become involved in leadership activities?"

Our Executive Board elections for the 2014-2015 school year will take place in April 2014. There are also many other options for becoming more involved. All of our E-Board meetings are open-- everyone is welcome to come to voice their ideas and help out. We also have an Interaxon Leader position for those members who want to get a feel for what it is like to be on E-board before the official elections- email us for more information!

"I can't come to the general meetings. Can I still join or participate in Interaxon?"

Yes! We will send out sign-ups for school visits via email and we will schedule times for people attending the school visits to meet outside the general meetings and help plan the lesson for a great school visit. As for our events like Brain Awareness Week and Neurocamp, look for volunteer sign-up opportunities via email as we always need volunteers to help out the week or day of the event!

Contact Us!

We welcome any questions, comments or suggestions. You can reach us via:

Email: usc.interaxon@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/194218134504/

President: Kate Arnold kaarnold@usc.edu

Vice President: Priyam Shah priyamsh@usc.edu

Ambassador: Kristi Tran kristitran94@gmail.com

Ambassador: Mati Agam magam@usc.edu

Ambassador: Josh Dreyzen dreyzen@usc.edu

Project Leader: Ryan Emhoff ryanemhoff@gmail.com

Project Leader: Sana Azam sanazam92@gmail.com

Project Leader: Lillie Moffett lmoffett@usc.edu

Funding Chair: Andrea Lagatta alagatta@usc.edu

Secretary: Josh Kling joshrkling@gmail.com