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Madeira alumna receives University of Virginia research award

April 7, 2014

Zoe Slepian ’11, a third-year neuroscience and psychology major, received the Harrison Undergraduate Research Award, one of the highest awards an undergraduate can earn. Her proposal was one of 38 chosen to receive the award that supports students who present detailed plans for projects that have been endorsed by a faculty member. Slepian is researching visual learning in fruit fly larvae, specifically to define the critical period (specific time period of great sensitivity for learning) for visual attractive behavior to determine whether learning occurs via classical conditioning or imprinting.

The center received more than 70 grant applications, which were reviewed by nearly 50 faculty members, including the members of the Faculty Senate’s Research, Teaching and Scholarship Committee.

“The winning applications are compelling evidence of the ability of our best undergraduates to pose significant questions and design research to answer them,” said Bruce A. Williams, the Ambassador Henry J. Taylor Professor of Media Studies and chair of the Research, Teaching and Scholarship Committee. “As one of the highest awards an undergraduate at U.Va. can earn, the Harrison Award allows students to work with faculty mentors who help them hone their research skills and produce findings that often lead to publications or presentations at national and international scholarly conferences.”

[From the University of Virginia Media Relations Office]

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