UP students Anna Warden, Jordan Lueras, and Sydney Weber were selected as winners of the Murdock Poster Prize in Neuroscience/Psychology/Exercise Science for their presentation “Are serotonin neurons involved in the depression observed in Hutington’s disease? Effects of human mutant huntingtin expression in the dorsal raphe of wildtype mice.” Warden, Lueras, and Weber presented their research at the 2013 Murdock College Science Research Program (MCSRP) Conference held on November 8 & 9 in Vancouver, Washington. Dr. Mark Pitzer was their research advisor.
This award recognizes students for their hard work in the execution of research as well as the preparation and presentation of the results in a poster format. Warden, Lueras and Weber excelled in their communication, knowledge and analysis of the material, creativity of the project, organization of the presentation, and poise when answering questions.
Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary area of study that brings together courses in psychology, biology, and philosophy in seeking to understand how the brain and nervous system acquire, process, and integrate information from the environment, how this information brings about complex behaviors of the organism, and how this impacts our understanding of the nature of the human person.