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FAU-Max Planck Joint Programs

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Florida Atlantic University is undergoing rapid development as a cutting-edge neuroscience research and educational institution. This process has been accelerated by the University’s partnerships with internationally known research organizations. FAU and MPFI have joined forces to offer students world-class education and research opportunities. FAU-MPFI joint programs welcome the next generation of the best and brightest researchers into their laboratories to train with world-renowned scientists while taking part in scientific breakthroughs and advancements in neuroscience.


High School Programs


Florida Atlantic University - Max Planck Academy

Florida Atlantic University - Max Planck Academy

the Florida Atlantic University - Max Planck Academy is the premier early university entrance high school experience in North America for STEM-focused juniors and seniors in high school. The Academy will begin classes in the Fall of 2020 with 50 high school juniors pursuing a university curriculum while matched with Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) faculty and laboratories and engage in enrichment in collaboration with international MPFI and Max Planck Society scientists.


Undergraduate Programs



The FAU Max Planck Honors Program

The FAU Max Planck Honors Program provides honors students with exclusive enrichment opportunities, including courses taught or co-taught with Max Planck scientists. The Program empowers students to work with world-class faculty researchers through a summer research program, and will include the possibility of directed independent research and an honors thesis with program faculty. Cutting-edge neuroscience training courses will include technologies such as 2-photon imaging, super resolution microscopy, electron microscopy, electrophysiology and optogenetic technology.


Graduate Programs


Integrative Biology-Neuroscience

Integrative Biology-Neuroscience

The Integrative Biology-Neuroscience (IBNS) program is a doctoral program with an emphasis in neuroscience. Comprehending the full function of the brain, in health and disease, requires the understanding of sub-cellular processes in single neurons, signal integration by the brain, and cognitive function. The neuroscience faculty in the IBNS program will tackle many of the cutting-edge questions in neuroscience through the integration of multiple disciplines, different model systems, and a broad spectrum of technologies. Faculty will provide the formal course work and the staff of excellent core facilities will provide practical workshops in advanced microscopy methods.



International Max Planck Research School for Brain & Behavior (IMPRS)

MPFI, in collaboration with FAU, University of Bonn (Bonn, Germany), and the Center for Advanced European Studies and Research (Bonn, Germany), is extending education in brain research with an all-new International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Brain & Behavior. The program offers students a world-class, competitive doctoral program while giving them the opportunity to learn, train and work in multiple countries.