Max Planck Florida Honors 17 Outstanding Graduating Seniors

April 26, 2024
Three scientists give kudos to a Senior Symposium participant.

Seventeen remarkable students from Florida Atlantic University High School – Jupiter Campus were recognized for extraordinary academic achievements at the Senior Research Symposium held on April 16 at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience.

During the symposium, seniors shared posters and oral presentations of their research.

Bright Futures Ahead

Dr. David Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., chief scientific director and CEO of MPFI feels that these students all have a bright future. “It is truly inspiring to see the depth and breadth of talent that the next generation of scientists is already bringing to the table, and I have no doubt that they will continue to achieve great things as they move on to the next phase of their scientific careers,” he told the audience.

The achievements of this year’s graduating class include:

  • More than $7,350 in grant funding to support their research.
  • Several presentations delivered at university, state, and national conferences.
  • Multiple prestigious awards, including the MaryLynn Magar Fellowship in neural data science, the Barry Goldwater Scholar Award, The Stan and Renee Wimberly Scholar award, and “Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher of the Year,” awarded by FAU’s College of Social Work and Criminal Justice.

FAU High School – Jupiter Campus partnered with Max Planck Academy to welcome the first group of students in 2020. This unique partnership expands upon similar opportunities for FAU graduate and undergraduate students by providing high schoolers access to MPFI laboratories and classes taught by Max Planck researchers. Students in the program participate in world-class research opportunities and cutting-edge science as part of their regular high school curriculum.

Educating the Next Generation of Scientists

FAU High students who successfully complete the program earn a high school diploma, Max Planck certificates, and at least two years of no-cost college credit. These benefits and the unmatched research opportunities at MPFI lead to distinction in the FAU Max Planck Honors Program and an accelerated bachelor’s degree at FAU.

Learn more about FAU High School – Jupiter Campus and its partnership with Max Planck Academy.

About the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience

The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, a not-for-profit research organization, is part of the world-renowned Max Planck Society, Germany’s most successful research organization with more than 80 institutes worldwide. Since its establishment, 31 Nobel laureates have emerged from the ranks of its scientists, including six in the last four years alone.

As its first U.S. institution, MPFI provides exceptional neuroscientists from around the world with the resources and technology to answer fundamental questions about brain development and function. MPFI researchers employ a curiosity-driven approach to science to develop new technologies that make groundbreaking scientific discoveries possible. For more information, visit