NSCS's 2019 Outstanding Senior
Gayatri Sadachar has been a household name in the NSCS community over the past 4 years. She originally entered the program as a Flinn Scholar and an honors student, and she went on to be heavily involved in virtually every capacity NSCS has to offer, (and then some). For example, as an NSCS Ambassador, she served as chair of the retreat committee, where she organized a professional development and networking event for NSCS underclassman. She also served as Vice President for the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Association of Students (NSCSAS), where she collaborated with a local Parkinson's Wellness Recovery Gym and introduced NSCS students to the innovative neurofitness treatments for Parkinson's Disease taking place there. She even served as a preceptor, or student aid, for NSCS's Cellular Neurophysiology course while also participating in two research projects with Dr. Carol A Barnes and Dr. Daniela Zarnescu. These research projects were about exploring memory as it relates to aging using rat models, and about exploring the neurodegenerative effects of ALS and similar disorders using Drosophila models, respectively. Needless to say, Gayatri has been an activist on so many fronts, and she has truly contributed to bettering the NSCS program, the University of Arizona, and Tucson's local community at large. She was the clear choice for this year's Outstanding Senior Award, and we could not be more proud of her. Congratulations Gayatri, and thank you for your lasting contributions to our program and community!
Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award
Shreya Bellampalli is one of NSCS's brightest students, and not just in the academic sense. Her calm and positive demeanor makes those around her comfortable and at ease, and she has a way of allowing her passion for life and discovery draw you into the most interesting conversations. She is also a very talented singer/songwriter, and those in attendance were fortunate to hear her perform an original piece at this year's NSCS Commencement Award Celebration, where she was the recipient of the Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award. Shreya received this award for working in Dr. Rajesh Khanna's lab, where her research was dedicated to developing non-opioid therapies for chronic pain mitigation. Her reserach also involved investigating the molecular signaling of these pain pathways. In addition to this award, her hard work and dedication has earned her the opportunity to complete an MD-PhD program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. Congratulations, Shreya! We cannot wait to see what heights you pull yourself up to, as well as the people around you!
NSCS's Fall 2018 Outstanding Senior
Colin Lynch is outstanding in so many ways. He is graduating in December with a degree in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science and minors in Creative Writing and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. He is completing two honors theses, one in NSCS and one in EEB, based on his research in the division of labor in social insects. Colin is a Galileo Scholar (2017 & 2018) and an active member of the Nu Rho Psi honorary. He has been heavily involved in research and outreach throughout his undergraduate career while also serving in the Army National Guard. Colin was awarded an NSF fellowship grant and has been accepted to graduate school where he will continue his research on social insects. After earning his PhD, Colin plans to have a career in academia where he can continue to pursue his research interests. He is most deserving of this award.
Congratulations Colin, and thank you for your service and contributions to your community, school, and country!
Nathaniel Gallegos Selected to be Outstanding UAHA Scholar
Nathan Gallegos was one of three students selected from his cohort of 35 University of Arizona Hispanic Alumni Scholars to be recognized as an Outstanding UAHA Scholar. He was recognized on the field at a Wildcat Football game, and he will be receiving a monetary award for his academic excellence later this November. Congratulations Nathan!
NSCS Library Now Open
Attention all NSCS students!
Our NSCS Library is now open! We have textbooks, reference books, and a few other useful things like a lab coat and goggles. NSCS Library items will be checked out on a first come, first served basis for academic purposes (class, project, thesis, etc.). Any books remaining after the first week of classes will be available to NSCS students for any reason, academic or just personal interest. Please note: you can check out any book for any reason right now over the summer term. We’ll just need the book back by August 13!
Without further ado, you can see all of the books and place holds on the books you want to borrow by clicking here.
The books are lent out for an entire term (you can turn them in before the term is over, but not after). So, please mark on your calendar that you’ll need to connect with us before the term is over. When your books are ready to be picked up, you’ll receive an email from us letting you know when and where you can pick them up.
Thank you, and enjoy the Library!
Lindsey Chew Represents AZ at Posters on the Hill
The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) hosted its 22nd annual "Posters on the Hill" event, where undergraduate students from around the country were given the opportunity to present their research to federal congressional leaders. NSCS student, Lindsey Chew, was one of 60 students selected to travel to Washington D.C. and present her research on emerging non-opioid medications for pain mitigation. Her work was done in Dr. Rajesh Khanna's lab here at the University of Arizona with the goal of developing alternative drugs that will hopefully slow the progression of the opioid crisis at state, national, and international levels. Lindsey was the only student selected to represent the state of Arizona at this prestigious event. She is pictured here with Arizona's United States Senator, Jeff Flake.
Microscopy Society of America Undergraduate Research Scholarship
MSA, or the Microscopy Society of America, awards scholarships to students from around the nation who intend to pursue microscopy as a career or use it as a research tool. NSCS student, Areen Badwal, was one of seven students selected to receive the scholarship for her work on, "An Alpha-synuclein Overexpression Model of Vocal Symptoms in Parkinson's Disease." Congratulations Areen!
UA College of Medicine's BLAISER Program
BLAISER stands for Border Latino and American Indian Summer Exposure to Research. This program selects high achieving students from ethnic groups underrepresented in the fields of biomedical and health sciences. The goal of the program is to mentor these students and allow them to develop professionally through travel and research presentation opportunities. Congratulations to NSCS student, Stefano Dicenso, for being accepted into the program!
NSCS's 2018 Outstanding Senior
If you've been around the NSCS program over the past four years, then simply put: you know Briggs Carhart. Whether you've seen him helping other students in class as a preceptor, serving as president for various clubs including Nu Rho Psi National Honor Society, or working in multiple research labs across campus, it's clear that Briggs is a well-respected leader in the NSCS community and beyond. Over the course of his time at the University of Arizona, Briggs was somehow able to complete a triple major in NSCS, Physiology, and Molecular and Cellular Biology, complete two honors theses, and even serve as a Resident Assistant in UA's infamous Coronado Hall. There is simply no end to his list of accomplishments. Even so, knowing about his accomplishments still pales in comparison to knowing him personally and realizing how special it has been to have him as a part of our NSCS community.
So, it was only fitting that he receive this year's Outstanding Senior Award. Congratulations Briggs, and thank you for your immeasurable contributions to the NSCS program and to the University of Arizona. We can't wait to see what other amazing feats you accomplish on the road ahead!
Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award
Outside of the lab, Lindsey Chew is well known for being positive, approachable, and easygoing. You may even catch her on a casual stroll enjoying one of her favorite hobbies - training guide dogs with huge smile across her face. She may appear petit and unassuming, but once you truly get to know her you realize very quickly that she is sharp, confident, and a force to be reckoned with. Already she is making a name for herself in the scientific community and has been published as a co-author for her research with UA Pharmacologist, Dr. Rajesh Khanna. In the lab, she is quite simply a most impressive scientist and individual, and so she was the clear choice to receive this year's Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award. Congratulations Lindsey! We are excited to see what incredible discoveries you will take part in next!