Joey Webb '09, of Pleasant Grove, Utah, has been awarded a 2008 Summer
Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at the University of Texas
Southwestern. Webb is a
psychology and biology major.
The program is an intensive summer research training experience
designed for college students who are preparing for careers in
biological research. Fellows spend 10 weeks pursuing individual
research projects in the laboratories of UT Southwestern Graduate
School faculty members. Fellows gain experience in modern research
techniques, and have a chance to plan and execute an experimental
strategy to answer a scientific question. The program introduces
students to the sorts of projects encountered during postgraduate
research training and leads to an understanding of the planning,
discipline and teamwork involved in the pursuit of basic answers
to current questions in the biological sciences. At the end of the
summer, fellows present their research in a poster session. In
addition to laboratory research, fellows attend weekly seminars
given by UT Southwestern faculty members. Informal discussions
about careers in science and graduate training are also scheduled.
Approximately fifty fellows participate in the summer research
program. Fellows are selected by the faculty mentors and assigned
to a research project according to each fellow's previous training
and research interests.
Webb will work with Robert Greene, a psychiatry professor whose research
interests involve the control and function of sleep/wake states and circuit
and system mechanisms of NMDA-hypofunction related cognitive deficits.
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Posted: April 17, 2008