The John Nambu Memorial Summer REU Program offers full-time research opportunities with stipend support for undergraduates. These scholarships are exciting and once-in-a-lifetime chances to perform research in sophisticated neuroscience and behavior-oriented labs while expanding scientific expertise through networking with fellow undergrads and faculty mentors, writing and presentations skills. Students often complete a thesis through the nine week program. The REU experience concludes by showcasing the summer research projects with student presentations.
In 2016, the John Nambu Memorial Summer REU program sponsored nine undergraduate students that participated in summer research projects covering a broad range of approaches, from molecular to behavioral. Below is a list of the 2016 REU scholarship recipients, their faculty mentors, and the titles of their research projects.
Veronica Nunez (Dr. Godenschwege) - “Identifying sites for local translation in the Giant Fiber Circuit of Drosophila melanogaster.”
Danielle Riboul (Dr. Stackman) – “Which way is it? Head Direction cells and their genes.”
Claudia Tinoco Troncoso (Dr. Dawson-Scully) – “Age-Related Diseases: Effects of PKG on D. melanogaster’s Longevity and Locomotor Function.”
Cici Nicholas (Dr. Jia) – “Identification of Putative Food Signals Controlling C. elegans larval development.”
Keeley Spiess (Dr. Blakely) – “Gender-Biased Psychostimulant Responses in the DAT A559V ADHD Mouse Model.”
Priscilla Lauriano (Dr. Keene) – "Age-Related Sleep Changes in Drosophila melanogaster."
Laura Arango (Dr. Macleod) – “Voltage Gated Calcium Channels of Type II Axon Terminals in Fruit Flies.”
Matthew Kovic (Dr. Keene) – "The Evolution of Wake-Promoting Neural Circuits In Cave Fish Anatomy and Quantifying Egg Injection Success Rates."
Joseph Balbona (Dr. Blakely) – “Characterizing the role of swip-10 in the regulation of C. elegans dopamine neuron morphology.”