Belmont students recently attended the 2009 Symposium for Young Neuroscientists and Professors of the SouthEast (SYNAPSE), a one-day regional undergraduate neuroscience conference held at the College of Charleston. SYNAPSE provides opportunities for students to present their research results and obtain feedback from neuroscientists at other institutions via poster presentations, discuss important issues in neuroscience training via workshops and panel discussions, and learn about cutting-edge research via a keynote speaker. Students and faculty are also able to form connections with other neuroscientists in the region.
Dr. Lori McGrew, associate professor of biology, took four students (Jackie Hunter, Roshni Patel, Taylor Walter and Julie Malkowski) to the conference. Hunter, Patel and Walter conducted research with McGrew last summer as part of the Scholar Communities program, and they presented a poster of combined findings at the meeting. Malkowski is currently studying zebrafish through a lab and field techniques class and attended the conference to see the scope of student projects and the breadth of the field.