Tolbert Scholarship Recipients


Angela Velázquez

Spring 2021 Recipient

Angela Velázquez, a junior at the University of Arizona, is studying Molecular & Cellular Biology and Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. She had the incredible opportunity to (virtually) attend the  Society for Neuroscience Conference in January by having received the Tolbert Scholarship. Watching others present their research with such passion motivates her to continue on my path in Academia. She will be applying for Ph.D graduate school programs for Neuroscience this upcoming Fall. She hopes to establish her own neurodegenerative research lab and cultivate an environment where future undergraduate students have a place to develop their own minds and aspirations. Until then, Angela has plans to work towards presenting her research on weight changes in Transgenic Alzheimer's Disease risk factor mice at next year's SFN Conference and hopefully inspire young scientists to pursue their own position in Academia. 


Emily Allerton

Spring 2021 Recipient

Emily Allerton is a senior at the University of Arizona, majoring in Neuroscience & Cognitive Science, Russian, and Creative Writing. For the 2020-2021 school year, Emily served as a Behavioral Health Intern at the International Rescue Committee and secretary at the UA Chapter Tau Sigma. Emily is also a Mechanistic Studies Scholar and Peer Mentor at the SanGiovanni Laboratory studying the relationship between the gut, microbes, and retinal disease to elucidate mechanisms that could lead to viable treatments for age-related macular degeneration. Emily is a citizen of the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, of the Eagle Frog clan. She hopes to become a physician-scientist, working in integrative psychiatry and studying traditional ethnobotany in rural Alaska. Currently, she is a Fulbright semi-finalist to study ethnobotany in Kazakhstan. Receiving the Leslie P. Tolbert Scholarship enabled her to attend the Society for Neuroscience 2021 Conference, which would not have been financially possible otherwise. The lectures she attended provided her with concepts to incorporate into her creative writing thesis that focuses on memory formation and identity.