MindCORE supports a variety of public programs on and off campus to engage the academic community and the public with our research.


Our outreach goals include:

  • Enhance public understanding of human intelligence and behavior;
  • Broaden participation of young scientists from groups typically underrepresented in cognitive and brain science;
  • Inform policy-making across governmental levels with insights about human behavior and decision making;
  • Support and encourage faculty and young investigator outreach initiatives in our community; and
  • Inspire the next generation of explorers of the mind.


Learn more about our outreach programs below: 

(Questions? Reach out to us at pennmindcore@sas.upenn.edu)

MindCORE Seminar Series

A weekly seminar series on campus committed to bridging disciplines studying the mind. Join us Fridays at Noon in the SAlL Room of Levin for pizza and science!

Ask a Scientist

Have a question about mind and brain sciences? Want to talk to a scientist doing active research? Send us your questions and requests through our “Ask a Scientist” program!

MindCORE Outreach Library

We maintain a collection of exhibits, demonstrations, and educational tools to be used for scientific outreach by the Penn and Philadelphia communities

Interviews with Scientists

We interview our weekly seminar speakers and post excerpts here–read about their journeys in the field, their research, and their advice!

Step-Ahead Mentoring Program

Every semester, we match undergraduate students with a mentor who is just a step ahead in pursuing a career in the sciences and/or research (e.g. graduate students and postdoctoral fellows). Learn more here!

Behind the CV: Stories from Faculty

Behind the CV: Stories from Faculty (a “Growing Up in Science” Event) is an event series about becoming and being a scientist. Faculty share their stories with a focus on the unspoken challenges of a life in academia.

PhDemystified Podcast

PhDemystified invites faculty from the University of Pennsylvania to open up about the unspoken struggles of becoming a scientist, covering topics from imposter syndrome to advice for students and early career scientists.

Pop-Up Labs

MindCORE scientists create temporary labs in public spaces where community members can learn about and participate in the scientific process of discovery