Interactive students

Interactive students receive the full Neuromatch Academy experience. They are expected to virtually attend the school for 6+ hours a day, Monday through Friday between July 13 and July 31. In addition, they will spend ~2 hours/day working with members of their group on a group project.

Each day contains pre-recorded lectures interspersed with live tutorial sessions wherein TAs and fellow students work together on coding exercises. This is in addition to live Q&A sessions with lecturers and mentors. Each TA “pod” consists of 1 TA and roughly 10 students who will work together and also occasionally break out into smaller rooms. Pods are formed using the neuromatch algorithm that takes into account research interests, time zones, language, and skill level.

A typical day’s schedule:

-Introductory lecture
(watched on student’s own time)
9:30amLecture discussion with pod TAlive
9:50Hands-on coding tutorialslive
11:05Discussion with pod TAlive
12:25Hands-on coding tutorialslive
13:40Discussion with pod TAlive
14:05Outro lecture
14:35Q&A with lecturer/mentorslive
15:00Project timelive

Note: The school will be taking place in three different time zone ‘cores’. Therefore the exact timing of the schedule will vary based on the student’s time zone relative to the time zone of the TA pod they are participating in. Students may also choose to have their project time before or after the school day, or split 50-50 between before & after.

Each day of the course will focus on a different topic in computational neuroscience; see the topics covered here.

Group Projects: Interactive students will form small groups of 3-5 students from their pod to work on a group project together. This project will be performed on one of several available datasets and should be guided by the principles of modeling that are taught in the first week of the course. In addition, TAs and faculty mentors will provide feedback to groups to help shape their project ideas and troubleshoot problems. Students will be encouraged to present the results of their projects in a virtual poster session.

Professional Development and Socializing: Optional weekend sessions on professional development will be offered by people working in and outside of academia. Students will also be able to interact with other students outside their pods through planned social events and an online discussion channel.

Upon successful participation in the full course, Interactive students will receive a certificate of completion.


Observer applicants are not screened and they can attend the Neuromatch Academy for free. They will have access to all pre-recorded lectures, as well as the opportunity to watch some live events. They will also be offered the opportunity to work on projects or tutorials together, but without the assistance of a TA. In addition, they can sign up to be matched with up to 5 other peers with the Neuromatch algorithm to provide further networking opportunities. Finally, Observers will be offered the opportunity to participate in an online message board and discussion forum for the Academy.