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Group of Students

 

Claire Benard, Ph.D.

Presented at the Boston Museum of Science in 2010. 
Museum of Science website: http://www.mos.org/node/99654

Undergraduates or recent Bachelors Graduates

Joiha Hugenin

  2016-present

  Worcester State University

Sarah Bottari

  2016-present

  College of William & Mary

Sean Thackeray

  2016-present

  Connecticut College

Michael Murphy

  2016-present

  Worcester State University

Lauren Sidur

  2015-present

  Worcester State University

Akusika Aye-Addo

  2014-2015

  Worcester State University

Thao Tran

  2014

  Worcester State University

Gillian Carella

  2013-2015

  Mount Holyoke College, BA; Quinnipiac Univ., MS

Taylor Perkins

  2013-2014

  Worcester State University

Sana Hashmi

  2013

  Worcester Polytechnique Institute

Mark Broadwin

  2012-2013

  Colby College

Prerana Purohit

  2012

  University of Connecticut

Mairead Masuda

  2011

  National University of Ireland Galway

Akif Qutab

  2011-2012

  UMass Lowell

Murtaza Qutab

  2011-2012

  Bridgewater State University

Cat Harwood

  2013-2015

  Masters at WPI

Cat Harwood

  2011-2013

  B.Sc. Yale University

Jess Acosta

  2014

  Worcester State University

Lauren Goodale, B.Sc.

  2013-2015

  University of Connecticut

Hannah George, B.Sc.

  2013-2014

  UMass Amherst

Avery Fisher, B.Sc.

  2011-2013

  Mount Holyoke College


High School Students

Ryan Thackeray

  2015-present

  Wachusett Regional High School

Sean Thackeray

  2013-2015

  Wachusett Regional High School

Marina Qutab

  2012-2013

  Wachusett Regional High School

Krisa Camargo

  2011-2012

  Westborough High School

Rachel Mazzamurro

  2011-2013

  Westborough High School

Lindsey Phillips

  2010-2011

  Wachusett Regional High School

Yesenia Valentin

  2011

  North High



Michael Francis, Ph.D.

I have been and am currently the doctoral advisor to multiple (currently 3) graduate students and supervisor to several (currently 1) postdoctoral fellows. All lab members have presented their data at national and international meetings and several have had their work selected for competitive oral presentations. Outside of my lab, I have helped to guide scientific training through participation in thesis qualifying and advisory committees for >40 students. I have independently developed new lectures and taught in the yearly Introductory Neuroscience course as well as several advanced topics courses.

I have mentored several undergraduate Honors Projects from students at area schools, including Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and Assumption College, and hosted numerous (>10) undergraduates for summer internships in my lab. In addition, I have trained 2 students through the Summer Undergraduate Research Program that offers research opportunities to students from disadvantaged backgrounds or who are under-represented in research (http://www.umassmed.edu/summer). Some of these trainees have been included as authors on papers from the lab and a previous undergraduate trainee received the Provost’s award at WPI for his thesis work in my lab.

I have been very active in communicating science to students and the general public. I have given formal and informal seminars at undergraduate institutions in the area (e.g. Assumption College) and myself as well as other lab members have introduced neurobiology and C. elegans to students at local high schools and elementary schools. I helped to organize and lectured in the “Small Brains, Big Ideas” course (http://www.smallbrains.org) in Santiago, Chile that was designed to train Latin American students to use invertebrate model systems for neurobiology research.


Dorothy Schafer, Ph.D.

Undergraduate mentorship during the summer months.

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