“EngelNovitt has maintained a longstanding commitment to actively supporting the College of Science, its pioneering research and novel degree programs that benefit Virginia Tech, its students, and the research community more broadly,” said John Engel, manager of EngelNovitt. “As soon as the School of Neuroscience and its neuroscience degree programs were announced, we wanted to broaden that support to include the EngelNovitt Undergraduate Research Fellowship to enable undergraduates to benefit even more directly in the advancement of the school’s mission by actively participating in its cutting-edge research in the lab.”
Particpating students included:
Noah Feld, of Woodbridge, Virginia, and a senior in neuroscience who worked in Sontheimer’s lab with Susan Campbell, a research assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, said he enjoyed the experience of hands-on research. “Having the privilege to be constantly immersed in an environment where I was challenged, but also able to learn, gave me a feeling of excitement, as though a new discovery was just around the corner,” Feld said.
Amanda Patterson, of Mount Airy, Maryland, and a senior in neuroscience, worked in the laboratory of Georgia Hodes, an assistant professor of neuroscience. There, Patterson carried out experiments to understand sex differences involved in stress susceptibility and resilience. The focus of this lab was to determine connections between the immune system and the peripheral nervous system. “This fellowship gave me first-hand experience with techniques I didn’t even know existed until I was admitted in this program,” she said.
Madison O’Donnell, of Forest, Virginia, and a senior in neuroscience, worked in the laboratory of Elizabeth Gilbert, an assistant professor in the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences, part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and an affiliated faculty member of neuroscience….