Summer Research Fellowship

Every year, the Neuroscience program awards a competitive research fellowship for our students that enables them to conduct research at the University for the summer.  Students from the Neuroscience major can submit a research proposal in March-April to compete for this award that provides them with a stipend for summer research, $500 for research supplies or travel, and a free dorm room. A committee of Neuroscience faculty not directly involved in the projects review the applications and decides on the awardee.


2017 Awardee: Nolan McLaughlin (Class of 2020)

Study titled “Behavioral and Chemical Analysis of Crayfish Aggression”

Research Mentor: Katherine A. Stumpo, Ph.D. Chemistry

Nolan is working on identifying neuropeptides and neurotransmitters in crayfish that relate to aggression. Several crustacean systems have been previously studied, but this is the first in-depth analysis of behavior and neuromolecules in crayfish, using HPLC and MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry.

Previous Awardees

2016 Brittney N. Thomas, “Regeneration of the retina in larval zebrafish after cadmium-induced deformities of the eye” Faculty Mentor: Robert F. Waldeck, Ph.D.

2015 Tyler M. Milewski, “Effects of prenatal tylenol exposure on memory, anxiety, and motor function.” Faculty Mentor: Pat Orr, Ph.D.

2014 Gabrielle Prezkop, “Efficacy of Zoloft and Paxil on Reserpine-Depressed Adult Zebrafish” Faculty Mentor: Robert F. Waldeck, Ph.D.

2013 Lindsey Harger, "Nicotine dependence and toxicity during environmental exposure to "third hand smoke" residue in Formica sp." Faculty Mentor: Marc Seid, Ph.D.