Determine dysfunctions of brain and nervous systems implicated in stress-related diseases and substance abuse using a variety of electrochemical, genetic and pharmacological techniques.
Illicit drug use places a large burden on both society and the user. This project aims to characterize the neurochemical and behavioral changes associated with psychostimulant abuse/stress/reward as well as delineate dysfunctions of the central and peripheral nervous systems in catecholamine related disease states. In this project, we will use a rat model to simultaneously observe changes in neurochemical transmission and behavior. Students will learn many techniques including in vivo genetic manipulations, behavioral pharmacology and basic neuroscience. Students should have an open mind and will be expected to handle rats as well as manually score videos of behaving rats.
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.