NSCS Students Visit Washington D.C. for Neuroscience Conference
The Society for Neuroscience, or SFN, is a professional society whose goal is to advance our understanding of the brain and nervous system. This past year, select NSCS students traveled to SFN headquarters in Washington D.C. to attend SFN's annual conference. Some NSCS students even had the chance to present their own research at the event and used the opportunity to speak to AZ representatives about supporting research.
Symbiosis: Where Science Meets Art
In biology, symbiotic relationships occur between organisms that manage to live together in ways that are mutually beneficial, where each organism enhances the existance of the others. In this same way, the NSCS program hosts an annual "Symbiosis" event, where science and art come together and uniquely blend, each enhancing the existance of the other. This past year marked the fourth annual rendition of the gala where artists from all walks of life displayed a total of over 90 pieces of artwork, making it the largest rendition to date.
One of the most interesting pieces was created by an NSCS student, Allie St. Paul. Observers of her artwork became active participants in an interactive exhibit by using their thumbprints to color a neuron depicted on canvas. Thematically, thumbprints, neurons, and the people they make up are all unique, as is St. Paul's signature piece.
Read what The Daily Wildcat had to say about the event: http://www.wildcat.arizona.edu/article/2017/11/n-symbiosis
Fall 2017 Outstanding Senior
Congratulations Chrysta Andrade, NSCS's Fall 2017 Outstanding Senior!
Rachel Sadler Receives Hildebrand Scholarship
Congratulations to Rachel Sadler for receiving the 2017 Hildebrand Scholarship!
The John G. Hildebrand Scholarship was established in 2013 to support and encourage highly-qualified students planning to pursue graduate education and scientific careers in neuroscience or a related field.
All Hail King "iPod!"
Congratulations to NSCS Senior, "iPod" Hassan, who was voted UA's 2017 Homecoming King!
NSCS Alumnae Anu Venkatesh Awarded SMART Scholarship
Anu Venkatesh, NSCS Class of 2013, has been awarded a fellowship from the Department of Defense's Science, Mathematics & Research (SMART) Transformation Program. The SMART Scholarship awards students full tuition and educational expenses, a stipend, summer research internships, and employment placement after graduation.
Anu is a graduate student in the Neuroscience Ph.D. program at the University of California, Riverside.
2017 Undergraduate Galileo Scholars
Congratulations to the 2017 Undergraduate Galileo Scholars!
Areen Badwal, Shreya Bellampalli, Briggs Carhart, Lindsey Chew
Colin Lynch, Colin Potter, and Sneha Ray
Spring 2017 NSCS Senior Award for Outstanding Senior
Congratulations to Alison Comrie as the spring recipient of this year's NSCS Outstanding Senior Award! Alison Comrie, a Tucson native and Goldwater Scholar, conducts research on the brain mechanisms that underlie learning and memory. Alison has been heavily involved with the NSCS community throughout her time at the UA, most notably as an NSCS Ambassador for three years and as a member and current president of the Nu Rho Psi honorary. After graduation, Alison will continue her research as she pursues a PhD in Neuroscience.
Spring 2017 NSCS Senior Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research
Congratulations to Sneha Ray as the spring recipient of this year's NSCS Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award! Sneha Ray has spent much of her undergraduate years in the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine lab run by Dr. Lalitha Madhavan, where she studies the mechanisms underlying the age-related decline of neural stem cell survival and function. After graduation, she hopes to attend a Neuroscience PhD program to continue her pursuit of a career in science.
NSCS Fall Outstanding Senior Award
Congratulations to Maj Krumberger as this fall's recipient of this year's NSCS Outstanding Senior Award! Maj earned his award for his excellent academic record, his research, and his leadership. Most recently, Maj has been working in the Hruby lab in Chemistry & Biochemistry, where he has combined his love of both chemistry and neuroscience in synthesising and testing novel peptides for use as neuro-protective agents in neuro-degenerative disorders. He also led a preceptor team of the Chemical Thinking basic course in chemistry in developing an innovative teaching technique and monthly review sessions that filled a clear need and has been enormously effective. The review sessions now attract about 2,000 students at each one, almost the entire population of students enrolled in that course. We wish him the best as he goes forward!