Design and characterize novel biosensors for studying rapid changes of neurochemicals in the brain and organs.
Students will work with the mentor and graduate students to design and implement new types of electrochemistry-based sensors and ancillary tools to chronically monitor subsecond changes of catecholamines (e.g. dopamine and norepinephrine) and non-electroactive neurochemicals (e.g. glutamate) in a chemically complex environment in the peripheral and central nervous systems of test animals. Students will learn many techniques in electrochemistry and multi-disciplinary neurosciences and eventually be assigned mini-projects to apply these skills to. In years past students have received their own funding to perform their research and have presented at international conferences and/or continued in their graduate studies.
The specific outcomes of this project will be identified by the faculty mentor at the beginning of your collaboration. Students will be expected to maintain a laboratory notebook and submit a biweekly report utilizing the scientific method.
|Length of commitment||Year-long (10-12 months)|
|Level of collaboration||Small group project (2-3 students)|
|Benefits||Academic credit; Work study|
|Who is eligible||All undergraduates|
Students participating in this project might be interested in and eligible for the Goldwater Scholarship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Connect with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to learn more.
If you are planning to use this project to satisfy program requirements for your academic major or minor, it is your responsibility to obtain approval from your academic department prior to beginning the project.
Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase.