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Fellowships for Undergraduate Research

The UT Neuroscience Institute awarded the 2019-2020 Merit Fellowships for Undergraduate Neuroscience Research to four area students, who will work in UTHSC labs this summer. Matthew Scott, Christian Brothers University, Andrew Liess, Rhodes College, Anurag Epparala, Vanderbilt University, and Priya Yelemali, Rhodes College were selected by a committee at their respective institutions based on their academic excellence and strong interest in neuroscience. Matthew is working with Dr. Kristin Hamre in Anatomy and Neurobiology, whose research is centered around genetics and the nervous system. Andrew is working with Dr. Lawrence Reiter in Neurology, whose research involves the study of genes related to Angelman syndrome and autism spectrum disorders. Anurag is working with Dr. Thiru Vaithianathan in Pharmacology, who studies the components involved in synaptic vesicle trafficking and localized presynaptic calcium signaling in normal and degenerative disease. Priya is working with Dr. Shalini Narayana in Pediatric Neurology whose research is focused around human speech and motor systems and use multimodal neurophysiological imaging methods.

Previous Awardees

  • 2018-2019: Michael Mendez, Christian Brothers University - Dr. Tauheed Ishrat
  • 2018-2019: Will Schupp, Rhodes College - Dr. Kazuko Sakata
  • 2018-2019: Avani Alapati, Rhodes College - Dr. Lawrence Reiter
  • 2017-2018: Megun Beane, University of Memphis - Dr. Detlef Heck
  • 2017-2018: Avani Alapati, Rhodes College - Dr. Lawrence Reiter
  • 2017-2018: Conor Dorian, Rhodes College - Dr. Anton Reiner
  • 2016-2017: Conor Dorian, Rhodes College - Dr. Anton Reiner
  • 2016-2017: Megan Huynh, Christian Brothers University - Dr. Kristin Hamre
  • 2015-2016: Jessica Baker, Rhodes College - Dr. Kristin Hamre
  • 2015-2016: Chandler Martin, Christian Brothers University - Dr. Kristen O'Connell
  • 2015-2016: Jessica Rogoweic, Rhodes College - Dr. Kathryn McVicar
  • 2014-2015: Anqi Zheng, Christian Brothers University - Dr. Kanwaljeet JS Anand
  • 2014-2015: Jessica Baker, Rhodes College - Dr. Kristin Hamre and Dr. Scott Heldt
  • 2013-2014: Morgan Cantor, Rhodes College - Dr. Kathryn McVicar
  • 2013-2014: Gy Won Choi, Rhodes College - Dr. Anton Reiner
  • 2013-2014: Stephanie Allen, Christian Brothers University - Dr. Kanwaljeet JS Anand
  • 2013-2014: Kevin Pham, Christian Brothers University - Dr. Kristen O'Connell
  • 2012-2013: Kate Stewart, Rhodes College - Dr. Max Fletcher
  • 2012-2013: Lydia Hyatt, Christian Brothers University - Dr. Scott Heldt
  • 2012-2013: Colleen Valdez, Christian Brothers University - Dr. Lawrence Reiter
  • 2011-2012: Ashley Ladd, Rhodes College - Dr. Lawrence Reiter
  • 2011-2012: Catherine Gluszek, Christian Brothers University - Dr. Scott Heldt
  • 2011-2012: Allison Umfress, Duke University - Dr. Alessandro Iannaccone
  • 2010-2011: Rachel Chassen, Rhodes College - Dr. Lawrence Reiter
  • 2010-2011: Rachael Haag, Christian Brothers University - Dr. Tonia Rex
  • 2010-2011: Christine Petrin, Barnard College of Columbia University - Dr. Charles Leffler
  • 2009-2010: Cameron Kasmai, Christian Brothers University - Dr. Detlef Heck
  • 2009-2010: Danielle Helton, Baylor University - Dr. John Boughter
  • 2009-2010: Leslie Baker, Rhodes College - Dr. Fu-Ming Zhou
  • 2008-2009: Michael Antone, Christian Brothers University - Dr. Kristin Hamre
  • 2008-2009: Daniel Wilkinson, Rhodes College - Dr. Charles Leffler
  • 2008-2009: Lorna Wilkes, Christian Brothers University - Dr. Robert Foehring
  • 2007-2008: Indre Augustinaite, Christian Brothers University - Dr. Matt Ennis
  • 2007-2008: Joel Chasan, Rhodes College - Dr. Shannon Matta
  • 2006-2007: Alan Newton, Christian Brothers University - Dr. Lawrence Reiter
  • 2006-2007: Teresa Bell, Rhodes College - Dr. Matt Ennis

Last Published: Dec 20, 2019