Psychology Graduate and Undergraduate Students Taking the Big Neuroscience Stage

2019 UF Florida Fellows (Left to right): Vivian Tanios (Biology), Shahayra Majumder (IDS – Applied Biomolecular Sciences), Amy Tran (Psychology – BCN), Marek Schwendt (Psychology –BCN faculty), Alexa-Rae Wheeler (IDS – Neurobiology), Tyler Ten Eyck (Psychology – BCN), Lindsay Altidor (Psychology – BCN).

During the first week of March, several graduate and undergraduate students from the Psychology department traveled to West Palm Beach, FL to attend the Sunposium conference. This conference brings together hundreds of the world’s most esteemed neuroscience researchers to highlight the challenges and advances in our understanding of neural circuits that regulate complex processes such as memory, anxiety, or social behavior. This year, speakers came from MIT, Harvard, and Columbia University, as well as from Max Planck Institutes in Florida and Germany, and included two Nobel Prize laurates – Eric Kandel and Linda Buck. Psychology graduate student John Shallcross (Schwendt lab, BCN) was selected to give one of a handful of oral presentations! Six UF undergraduate students (some of whom presented posters) were invited through the Florida Fellows program that sponsors young and bright minds from among the undergraduate population at Florida’s universities. Students were accompanied by Dr. Marek Schwendt who administers the program for UF.

Psychology graduate student (Schwendt lab) John Shallcross during his talk at the Sunposium conference.