That’s a great question! The IYNA is not currently offering students access to faculty-mentored research opportunities (but stay tuned - we have some exciting plans for the rest of the year!), many of the IYNA’s offerings are designed to help students build the skills they need for success in research.
IYNA Journal: The IYNA Journal allows students to publish their own review-style articles on topics that interest them. Whether you are looking to teach students about a topic you are very excited about or dive into a new area, the IYNA journal has something for you. If you choose to write for the journal, our editing team will guide you through the process of writing and help you hone your scientific communication skills. Reading recent editions of the journal will help you familiarize yourself with the research questions that other student-scientists are pursuing and give you new ideas on projects of interest.
Mentorship: Whether you seek out formal mentorship through the IYNA’s mentor program, a more senior member of your chapter, or a teammate on an IYNA project with you, finding a mentor can be an incredibly valuable way to get a sense of the research landscape for students. Mentors can help you find labs to reach out to/draft emails to lab directors, understand difficult papers, and find reading materials to learn more about the topics you care about. I’m always open to talk with IYNA members about my love of neuroscience (and glia!!) - feel free to reach out to me through the forum if you have any questions.
IYNA Staff Journal Club: All IYNA staff have access to a monthly journal club which meets to discuss significant research papers. Journal club members have access to mentorship from more senior IYNA members and get the opportunity to learn more about cutting-edge research from around the world.
Learning: In order to fully understand and contribute to a faculty-mentored research project, it is important to have a clear understanding of the fundamental principles of brain function. The MYELIN Initiative has already started publishing some of its materials (youthneuro.org/myelin/materials), and the Resources department has put a database up on our website (https://youthneuro.org/resources/); looking through these materials or whatever else interests you in the IYNA will help you gain the knowledge you’ll need for success in research.
If you have any questions at all or have ideas on how the IYNA can do more to connect students with research opportunities, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or anyone else!