Research and Internships

Careers in Neuroscience requiring a Bachelors or admissions graduate schools require at least 1 year of research experience with a preference for 2 years. Medical schools prefer at least 1 semester of research experience.

  1. Agnes Scott College is committed to engaging students in meaningful research experiences. To that end, the Science Center for Women is ready to assist our Scottie Scientists in finding research experiences. Set up an appointment today with Dr. Molly Embree to discuss potential options.

  2. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has a website that allows you to search REU (research experiences for undergraduates). Most major institutions have research experiences over the summer that pay between $2000 - $5000 for a 10-12 week research intensive experience. They often house you as well. If you are accepted into one of these REU’s, this also counts as your senior seminar in the neuroscience major.

    http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.jsp                                                                                                 

  3. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have great research opportunities for the summer and for post-bac years. Research at the NIH is a great resume builder! Depending on the hours worked and the experience, this could count as a senior seminar in the neuroscience major.

    https://www.training.nih.gov/programs

    https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/sip                                                                  

  4. The Centers for Diseases Control (CDC) have great research opportunities for the academic year, the summer, and for a post-bac year. Depending on the hours worked and the experience, this could count as a senior seminar in the neuroscience major.  

    https://www.cdc.gov/fellowships/short-term/undergraduate.html                                                                              

  5. BIO 440/BIO 450

There are academic classes you can create to gain research experience. This could be with a professor at Agnes or at an Atlanta area institution. Your research experience could gain up to 4 credit hours in a semester. These are open ended but do require a faculty sponsor.  

  https://www.agnesscott.edu/academicadvising/forms.html

 

Pres Kiss

Neuroscience Research

Since 2010, Agnes Scott has graduated 50 Neuroscience Graduates. Here are some examples of their research:

Graduating Class of 2017

Maria Figueroa (Class of 2017) worked with Dr. Jason Shepard testing the theory (Knobe Effect) that the likelihood of viewing a person’s actions as intentional is greater when the outcome is negative than when it is positive.

Lauren Alford (Class of 2017) worked with Dr. Perdue at Zoo Atlanta testing The Effects of Integration on Aggression in Chilean Flamingos which was presented at SpARC.
 
Martha Vorder Bruegge (Class of 2017) had several projects at Agnes Scott working with Dr. Perdue on Choice Behavior in Children and Non-human Primates (presented at SEPA), Dr. Larimore on the Quantity of Parvalbumin Interneurons in BLOC-1 Deficient Mice (presented at SpARC) and Dr. Hartwig on Analytical Research Experience with Drosophila Dissection (presented at SpARC).

Sarah Fisher (Class of 2017) worked with Dr. Rotterman at Emory University on Peripheral Regeneration of Spinal Motor Neurons following either Sciatic Nerve Crush or Sciatic Nerve Cut Repair which was presented at the SURE symposium at Emory University.

Brittaney Howard (Class of 2017) worked with Dr. Dutton on Evaluating the neuroprotective effect of ginger in a glutamate toxicity model which was presented at SpARC.

Graduating Class of 2016

Ashley Ealey (Class of 2016) worked with Dr. Morris for 2 years at Emory University “The optimization of brain extraction techniques in neuroimaging data”. She presented at SpARC and Society for Neuroscience.

Brigit McGuiness (Class of 2016) did her research abroad in Germany on p53. Her work was published in a peer-reviewed manuscript. She presented at SpARC.

Camille Pham-Lake (Class of 2016) worked with Dr. Caudle at Emory University for 2 years on the “Experimental Techniques to evaluate the neurotoxicity of Environmental Chemicals in the dopaminergic system”. She presented her research at SpARC and Society for Neuroscience.

Jamilla Pitts (Class of 2016) did her research at Emory University for 2 years with Dr. Rainnie “Different concurrent operant tasks and how they alter the behavioral response to fear conditioning in freely moving rats”. She presented at SpARC and Society for Neuroscience.

Graduating Class of 2015

Natasha Browder (Class of 2015) worked with Dr. Dutton and Dr. Escayg at Emory University on “Characterization of the seizure phenotypes and survival for the D1866Y SCN1A mouse model of genetic epilepsy with febrile seizures plus (GEFS+).” She presented at SpARC Society for Neuroscience.

Madeline Chenevert (Class of 2015) worked on the” Characterization of Hereditary spastic Paraplegia Kif5A Kinesin mutations” as a summer project. She presented at SpARC and the NSF CUR conference.

Jasmine Fisher (Class of 2015) worked with Dr. Walthall at Georgia Tech for 2 on “A forward genetic analysis of GAD/UNC-25 expression to determine possible regulators of GABAergic differentiation of Neurons”. She presented at SpARC Society for Neuroscience.

Ligia Selagea (Class of 2015) worked with Dr. Daniel Brat at Emory in the Winship Cancer Institute for 2 years examining “The effects of EGFR and PTEN alterations on C/EBPbeta expression in glioblastomas”. She presented at SpARC and Society for Neuroscience.

Sumbul Siddiqui (Class of 2015) worked with Dr. Perdue on the “Nonhuman Primate Behavior In Mixed Species Exhibit”. She published in the Agnes Scott undergraduate journal, the Onyx.

Graduating Class of 2014

Alex Ambrose (Class of 2014) worked with Dr. Hopkins “Symmetry of the corpus callusum in chimps”, and at University of South Carolina “Neuronal Development and Autism”. Ambrose also worked with Dr. Larimore at Agnes Scott College on “A common molecular pathway in Rett Syndrome and Schizophrenia”. This work was presented at SpARC. A. Ambrose’s research was also published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Olivia Bello (Class of 2014), Pamela Guinn (Class of 2014), Kaela Singleton (Class of 2014), Jasmine Spraggins (Class of 2014), Rebecca Cross (Class of 2014), and Jessica Resnak (Class of 2014) worked with Dr. Larimore at Agnes Scott College on “A common molecular pathway in Rett Syndrome and Schizophrenia”. This work was presented at SpARC.

Rebecca Cross (Class of 2014) worked with Dr. Elizabeth Buffalo at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University for 1 year on “The role of the hippocampus in relational learning and memory in non-human primates. She also worked with Dr. Jill Becker at the University of Michigan for 10 weeks on “Sex Differences in Drug Addiction”. She presented her work at SpARC and the Society for Neuroscience.

Laura Segura (Class of 2014) worked with Lian Li at Emory University on “Characterization of Medial Amygdala Neurons projecting to the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis in the male Syrian hamster.” She presented at SpARC and the Society for Neuroscience.

Kaela Singleton (Class of 2014) with Dr. Gretchen Neigh at Emory University for 2 years on “Depressive-like behavior and reduced hippocampal volume co-occur with decreases in hippocampal vascularization in Macaques.” K. Singleton also worked with Dr. Kate Ellacott at  Vanderbilt University for 10 weeks on “Insulin resistance in primary rat Astrocytes”. Her work was published in a peer-reviewed manuscript. She presented her work at SpARC and the Society for Neuroscience.

Stephanie Tirado (Class of 2014) worked in Zoo Atlanta in fall 2013 “Aggression in Chilean Flamingos”:, “AIH and TMS study” as a summer project (2012) at the Emory Center for Rehabilitation Medicine, and “AIH and Walking study” during the Fall 2012 through the Spring 2013 at the Emory Center for Rehabilitation. She presented her work at SpARC and the Society for Neuroscience.

Graduating Class of 2013

Michelle Autrey (Class of 2013) worked with Dr. Thomas Kukar at Georgia State Univeristy for 2 years on “New Activity of Progranulin in Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration.” She presented her work at SpARC and the Society for Neuroscience.

Rosa Rubi Contreras (Class of 2013) had 2 projects: "The Effect of Orientation on Perception on the Vasarely Illusion”and "Menses and HPA Axis: The Interactions between Menstrual Cycle, HPA Axis, and Memory." These projects were presented at SpARC and SEPA.

Priscilla Davidson (Class of 2013) worked with Dr. Hopkins at the Yerkes Primate Center at Emory University tracing the pre-central gyrus of chimpanzees and calculating brain volumes. Her project was presented at a research conference.

Leila Ibrahim (Class of 2013) and Karima Johnson (Class of 2013) worked with Dr. Larimore at Agnes Scott College on “A common molecular pathway in Rett Syndrome and Schizophrenia”. This work was presented at SpARC.

Britessia Smith (Class of 2013) worked with Dr. Paul Katz at Georgia State University on “Evidence for a homologue of the meteacerebral giant neuron in the nudibranch, Melibe leonina”. She presented her work at SpARC and the Society for Neuroscience.

Torieanna Tripplett (Class of 2013) worked with Dr. Erin Tone at Georgia State University for 2 years on “Depressive Individuals’ Perceptions of Emotional Intensity in Facial Expressions”.  She presented her work at SpARC and the Society for Neuroscience.

Graduating Class of 2011

Mia McInnis (Class of 2011) completed a senior capstone in cognitive Neuroscience with Dr. Hopkins at the Yerkes Primate Center at Emory University. Her project was presented at a research conference.