Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Seminars by PhD students to Incentivize Research Exchange

Rui Feng, PhD

Applications are open for the 2024 INSPIRE Symposium!

Apply by November 22, 2023 »

INSPIRE is a prestigious symposium sponsored by the Department of Neuroscience at Washington University School of Medicine devoted to advancing research excellence in the early stages of a scientist’s career. Senior graduate students are brought to St. Louis to present their thesis work and expand their scientific network at WashU. INSPIRE participants engage with researchers at Washington University over two days in person, including:

  • Presenting their work during a symposium featuring all INSPIRE speakers and WashU neuroscientists
  • Meeting one-on-one with faculty
  • Engaging in informal discussions with the Washington University neuroscience community
  • Exploring St. Louis, the Gateway to the West

Being selected as an INSPIRE speaker is an exciting opportunity for graduate students to share their research with the Washington University neuroscience community, to receive feedback, to explore postdoctoral opportunities, and to form professional and intellectual relationships with peers, mentors and future collaborators. We at Washington University benefit from learning about inspiring research done by talented young scientists from around the world. The Department of Neuroscience covers the costs of travel and accommodation.

Questions? Please email

2024 INSPIRE Symposium Application

Applications for the 2024 INSPIRE Symposium are open through November 22, 2023! Senior graduate students are invited to present their thesis research at Washington University in May 2024. This two-day, all-expenses-paid visit will include one-on-one faculty meetings, networking activities with postdocs and graduate students, and a tour of St. Louis.

2024 INSPIRE application
Please select your top 3 priorities for what you’d like to gain from the INSPIRE program.

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Would you like to be contacted by faculty within the Department of Neuroscience for opportunities outside the INSPIRE program (e.g. invitation to present at other data/journal clubs, one-on-one meetings, exploration of postdoc opportunities)?

Past INSPIRE events

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