Congratulations to Alisha Sahu, a third year neuroscience major in Doug Bayliss’s Lab, for being one of the 45 students to receive a Harrison Undergraduate Research Award this year! The Harrison Awards program partners students with a faculty mentor for research and provides up to $4000 of funding to pursue new research projects that the students have designed. In order to be considered for this award, students must develop and submit detailed research proposals for funding to be reviewed by the Faculty Senate Research, Teaching and Scholarship committee. Under the leadership of their faculty mentors, students have to formulate a research question and propose methods for analyzing it. This year’s selection process was highly competitive. The committee received 78 applications for review-many of which were worthy of funding. It is apparent that Alisha’s application was a winner for clearly pushing the bounds of knowledge, careful preparation and rigorous design!
Alisha will use the award to explore the role of the neuropeptide PACAP on breathing at the time of birth in the Bayliss Lab. Please congratulate her and her mentor when you see them around! You can read the full story by visiting UVAToday.